2013 Distinguished Christian Statesman

Governor Mike Huckabee

The Honorable Mike Huckabee, 44th Governor of Arkansas, truly deserves to be the recipient of the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award conferred by the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship in Washington, DC. A true Christian statesman, he served as Arkansas’s governor from 1996 through 2007. He was one of the youngest governors in the country at that time. He was recognized nationally for his leadership, having been honored by several renowned publications and organizations for his numerous accomplishments. Time magazine honored him as one of the five  best governors in America. He also served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association.

After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, Gov. Huckabee spent 12 yeas as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Southern Baptist State Convention.

A prolific author, Gov. Huckabee has published nine books of which four have been on the New York Times best seller list. He is also an avid musician, playing the bass guitar in his rock-and-roll band, Capitol Offense, that has opened for singers such as Willie Nelson and has performed at two presidential inaugural balls and at two Republican National Conventions.

Recently he received the NRB Board of Directors Award for his integrity, creativity, and impact on society. Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President and CEO, said this of the award recipient, “Gov. Huckabee has utilized the various platforms that God has given him to make a positive impact on society. Furthermore, he has been intentional about shining the light of Christ in some of the darkest areas of society. I applaud him for his faithfulness and efforts.”

Members of Congress extol the virtues of Gov. Huckabee. Rep. Trent Franks (AZ) said, “Mike Huckabee personifies the call to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with God.” Rep. Randy Forbes (VA) stated, “Gov. Hike Huckabee’s strong faith, love of country, and stand for truth and righteousness in government makes him an outstanding choice for this award. I am sure Gov. Huckabee will bear this honor with the same distinction and morals by which he earned it. I commend the Governor for serving both God and our nation in a complimentary fashion and for doing so in a manner worth emulating.” Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL) proclaimed, “Mike Huckabee is someone who defines a Christian statesman as he stands firm on the Gospel of Jesus Christ inside and outside of politics. No doubt, Mike’s belief in God is what motivates him, his trust in God that carries him and his passion for Christ that propels him. Leaning on the Word and Spirit of God for his personal leadership and guidance, Mike is not merely a believer, he has been an ambassador for Christ. I couldn’t be more honored to stand beside Mike Huckabee and support him for this award.”

Today, Gov. Huckabee is the host of the number 1 weekend hit HUCKABEE on the Fox News Channel. He also is heard on more than 175 radio stations. Mike and his wife Janet have been married nearly 40 years have three children and two grandchildren.

The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship is proud to confer its highest honor, the Distinguished Christian Statesman Award, upon this steadfast and stalwart Christian leader.