The 27th Annual John Ashbrook Memorial Dinner, scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2012, will feature Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas. A thoughtful spokesman for restrained government and conservative social causes, Huckabee gained national renown during the 2008 Republican Presidential primaries, where he finished second to the eventual nominee, John McCain.
He has since gained a larger popular audience through his work for FOX News, where he hosts the number one rated weekend hit “HUCKABEE,” and through his “Huckabee Report,” heard three times daily across the nation on almost 600 radio stations. With a radio studio in his own home, he jovially informs radio listeners that he broadcasts from “the corner of conservatism and common sense, where every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day.” A highlight of his weekly TV show is a musical segment, where he plays bass guitar with the Fox house band, “The Little Rockers.”
Despite his laid-back demeanor, Huckabee’s political accomplishments are considerable. Only the fourth Republican to be elected to statewide office in Arkansas since Reconstruction, he was elevated from Lieutenant Governor to Governor when his predecessor resigned, going on to win two re-elections. In 2005 Time magazine named Huckabee as one of the nation’s five best governors, citing his actions to halve welfare rolls while also halving the percentage of Arkansans without health insurance, as well as policies that led to above-average economic growth. He has served as Chairman of the National Governors Association, the Education Commission of States, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Southern Growth Policies Board. In 2008 he founded the advocacy organization “Huck PAC” to promote conservative principles and help elect conservative candidates at every level of government.
“He is a well-spoken human being, both witty and lucid,” Ashbrook Executive Director Peter Schramm said. “Often his speech verges on the poetic. Those coming to the dinner can expect a very good talk.”