Jon Huntsman

Former United States Ambassador to China

Jon Huntsman     Photo: Courtesy of Jon Hunstman

Outdoor cred: 4

Environmental Cred: 8

Spends his time outdoors on: the open roads, riding his motorcycle. He also mountain bikes and hikes.  

Bio: The former Eagle Scout and son of a billionaire, he dropped out of high school to join a rock band, but later got his GED and earned a degree in international politics from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for three Republican presidential administrations, became governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and was appointed by President Obama as ambassador to China in 2009. 

Telling quote: “Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I'm saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science,” he said at a recent debate in response to the opinions of other candidates.

Loves to: go vroom. During the TV ad that launched his presidential bid, he’s shown riding motocross.

Environmental stance: While in office the former governor of Utah eagerly promoted his state’s recreational opportunities, from national parks to ski slopes, and has long been an advocate of mitigating climate change. In 2007, he brought Utah into the Western Climate Initiative, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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