Huckabee to Speak at WTAMU
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is coming to West Texas A&M University Wednesday, March 31 as part of the University’s Centennial Distinguished Lecture Series.
He will bring a lifetime of varied experiences to the podium when he presents “The Pursuit of the Presidency and the Perfectly Insane American Process” at 7 p.m. at the First United Bank Center. He is an author, preacher, politician, musician, political commentator and marathon runner. He currently serves as host of the number-one rated weekend show “Huckabee” on the Fox News Channel and can be heard three times daily on the “Huckabee Report” on the Citadel Media Network.
“As part of the Centennial Celebration, the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee wanted a person of national prominence for our Centennial speaker,” Dr. Jim Calvi, associate dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and chairman of the Centennial Committee, said. “We are looking forward to the insights that only a former presidential contender can bring to our campus.”
Huckabee began his political career in 1993 when Arkansas voters elected him lieutenant governor in a special election. He was elected to a full four-year term in 1994 but only served two years when, in 1996, he became governor of Arkansas after his predecessor resigned. In 1998 he was elected to a full four-year term as governor, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas. The popular governor was re-elected again in 2002. During his tenure as governor, he was named one of Governing Magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year” for 2005, and Time Magazine recognized him as one of the five best governors in America.
He continued his political career in 2008 as a hopeful for the Republican nomination for President. He finished second behind John McCain but created HuckPac to help fellow Republicans running for offices around the country.
A good part of his professional life was spent as a pastor and denominational leader, and he was the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. He’s also a bass player and performs in the rock-n-roll band Capitol Offense. The band has played for two presidential inauguration balls and has opened for such names as Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels. He also performs on his weekly Fox News show with the house band, The Little Rockers. In 2003, Huckabee was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and since then, he has lost more than 100 pounds and completed several marathons.
As an author, Huckabee has written several books, and one, Do the Right Thing, spent seven weeks in the top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List. Other titles by Huckabee include Character Makes the Difference, From Hope to Higher Ground, Kids Who Kill, Character is the Issue, Living Beyond Your Lifetime, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork and A Simple Christmas.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and seats are on a first-come-first-served basis. Immediately following his lecture, Huckabee will be available to sign books in the First United Bank Center, Buffalo Room. For more information, call Calvi at 806-651-2674.