Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. (born March 26, 1960 in Palo Alto, California) is the governor of the state of Utah, having first won the office in 2004. His first term as the 16th governor of Utah began on January 3, 2005. He was re-elected, with running-mate Gary R. Herbert, on November 4, 2008, with over 77% of the vote. It was reported that Huntsman will be nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to China on Friday, May 15, 2009. It is anticipated that a press conference will be held to make the official announcement on Saturday, May 16, 2009.  Huntsman is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.
Huntsman’s name has appeared on some lists of potential Republican nominees for the 2012 presidential election, and John McCain has gone so far as to mention his name as a potential candidate as well.