JANET MCCAIN HUCKABEE
Wife of Mike Huckabee, 44th Governor (1996-2007)
Born: July 16, 1955
Original Home: Hope, Arkansas
On May 25, 1974 Janet McCain married Mike Huckabee, her high school sweetheart. Their three children complete their family. Janet Huckabee was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and moved to Hope, Arkansas as an infant. It was in Hope that she grew up and graduated high school. She went on to attend college at the Ouachita Baptist University.
Prior to becoming First Lady of Arkansas she was involved with the Texarkana, Arkansas Parent Teacher Association, even serving two terms as its president. She also was active in the Beech Street First Baptist Church and with the ACTS-TV station. She has worked for the Texarkana Public Schools as a substitute teacher, for the St. Michael Hospital, and as a pharmacist's assistant.
As First Lady she often honors speaking requests from all over the state. She is an active Co-Chair for the Campaign for Healthier Babies in Arkansas. She is a member of the Friends of the Zoo and the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross. She serves as a member of many boards including the Baptist Health Foundation, the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, Arkansas State Baptist Convention Executive Board, and co-chairs the Red Ribbon Week for the Arkansans for Drug-Free Youth program.
Janet Huckabee is an alumnus of the Little Rock Citizens Police Academy. In 1996 she served as honorary chair of the Arkansas Lung Association Clean Air Race and the Committee of 100. For her involvement with the Florence Crittenden Home she was named the 1997 Florence Crittenden Woman of the Year. After the March 1, 1997 tornadoes devastated parts of the state she chaired the Arkansas Red Cross Disaster Relief Campaign.