WASHINGTON, June 21 Jon Huntsman, former U.S.
ambassador to China and governor of Utah, announced on Tuesday
he will run for the Republican presidential nomination in the
2012 election, joining a crowded field. [ID:nN1E75K0J1]
Here are some facts about Huntsman:
* Huntsman, 51, was U.S. ambassador to Beijing and speaks
fluent Chinese. He was ambassador to Singapore in the early
1990s when his appointment at age 32 made him the youngest head
of a U.S. diplomatic mission in a century.
* Considered a moderate Republican, Huntsman was twice
elected governor of Utah. He was first elected in 2005 and
resigned during his second term to return to diplomatic
service. While he was the state chief executive, Utah was named
by the Pew Center as the Best Managed State in America.
Huntsman backed John McCain in the 2008 presidential primary
races, rather than Mitt Romney, a fellow Mormon.
* Huntsman dropped out of high school to play keyboard in a
rock band. He has an adopted Chinese daughter among his seven
children and learned to speak Chinese while on a Mormon mission
to Taiwan during his college years. He is a graduate of the
University of Pennsylvania.
* He is the eldest of nine children of Jon Huntsman Sr., a
billionaire industrialist and founder of Huntsman Corp (HUN.N),
a chemical company. Huntsman Sr. was a special assistant to
former President Richard Nixon.
* Huntsman Jr. worked in the Reagan administration as a
White House aide. He was a deputy U.S. Trade Representative in
the George W. Bush administration. A U.S. trade ambassador,
Huntsman negotiated agreements for the United States with
China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Africa and other Asian and
(Compiled by JoAnne Allen; Editing by Doina Chiacu)