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Jon Huntsman Jr. Bio, Age, Family, Russia, Religion, Speaking Chinese

Jon Huntsman Jr. (Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.) is an American businessman, diplomat, politician, and the current Ambassador of the United States to Russia, serving since October 2017.

Jon Huntsman Jr. Biography

Jon Huntsman Jr. (Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.) is an American businessman, diplomat, politician, and the current Ambassador of the United States to Russia, serving since October 2017.

From 1992 to 1993, Jon Huntsman was the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. He was the Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and the U.S. Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011.

Jon Huntsman has served in the administrations of five Presidents and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

In January 2014, he was named Chair of the Washington-based foreign policy think-tank the Atlantic Council.

Jon Huntsman began his career as a White House staff assistant for Ronald Reagan and was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and United States Ambassador to Singapore by George H. W. Bush.

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Jon Huntsman Jr. Age

Jon Huntsman is 59 years old as of 2019. He was born on March 26, 1960.

Jon Huntsman Jr. Family 

Joe Huntsman is the son of Karen Huntsman, and billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. of the Huntsman Corporation. His mother Karen was the daughter of LDS Church apostle David B. Haight.

Joe Huntsman is the great-great-great-grandson of early LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt.

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Joe Huntsman is married to Mary Kaye, an American activist. The couple got married in 1983 and seven children; Mary Anne, Abigail, Elizabeth, Jon III, William, Gracie Mei (adopted from China), and Asha Bharati (adopted from India).

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Joe Huntsman has one grandchild, Isabel Grace Livingston, from his daughter, Abby.

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On December 3, 2016, the Associated Press reported Huntsman was under consideration by Donald Trump and the Trump transition team as a possible choice for secretary of state in 2017 but ten days later, Rex Tillerson was chosen.

In interviews with FOX News and The New York Times, Joe Huntsman, defended Trump after Trump received criticism for accepting a congratulatory phone call with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, during his transition process. He said the critics were overreacting to Trump’s decision to accept the phone call, and that Trump’s nontraditional style might be an opportunity for a shift in Asia relations in future talks with China.

On March 8, 2017, it was reported that Joe Huntsman accepted a position as United States ambassador to Russia.

He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, via voice vote, as United States ambassador to Russia on September 28, 2017, and he has described having improved access to Russian government officials, compared to his recent predecessors.

Jon Huntsman Jr. Religion | Jon Huntsman Jr LDS

Joe Huntsman was brought up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), and stated in a May 2011 interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, “I believe in God. I’m a good Christian. I’m very proud of my Mormon heritage. I am Mormon.”

In an interview with Time magazine, he stated that he is more spiritual than religious and that his membership in the LDS Church is “tough to define”. He also said that he and his wife draw from an array of sources for inspiration, stating:

“Today, there are 13 million Mormons. It’s a very diverse and heterogeneous cross-section of people. And you’re going to find a lot of different attitudes and a lot of different opinions in that 13 million. I was raised a Mormon, Mary Kaye was raised Episcopalian, our kids have gone to Catholic school, I went to a Lutheran school growing up in Los Angeles. So you kind of bind all this together.”

Jon Huntsman Jr. Net Worth

Jon Huntsman has an estimated net worth of $1 billion.

Jon Huntsman Jr. Height

Joe Huntsman stands at a heigt of 1.78 m.

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