Michael Huffington

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Michael Huffington
Michael Huffington 1993 congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byRobert J. Lagomarsino
Succeeded byAndrea H. Seastrand
Personal details
Born (1947-09-03) September 3, 1947 (age 71)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Arianna Stasinopoúlou (m.1986–div.1997)
Alma materHarvard Business School
Stanford University

Michael Huffington (born September 3, 1947) is an American politician, bisexual LGBT activist,[1] and film producer. He was a member of the Republican Party, and a congressman for one term, 1993–1995, from California. Huffington was married to Arianna Huffington, the Greek-born co-founder of The Huffington Post, from 1986 to 1997.

Early years[edit]

Huffington was born in Dallas, Texas, to Celeste Phyllis (Gough) and Roy Michael Huffington, the founder of the natural gas exploration company, Roy M. Huffington, Inc. (HUFFCO).

In 1965, Huffington graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, where he received the Central States Amateur Rowing Association Medal when he rowed on the light weight crew. After graduation he was elected to the Culver Chapter of the Cum Laude Society. In 1970, he received a BS degree in engineering and a BA degree in economics concurrently from Stanford University. Huffington was a member of the varsity crew, student senator, and co-president of his senior class. In 1972, he received an MBA in finance from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Huffington's wealth is derived from a merchant bank he started and his share of the family's Houston oil, gas and real estate firm that was sold to Taiwan interests in 1990. His father, Roy M. Huffington, made a fortune through natural gas interests in Indonesia.[2]


Huffington's interest in politics began in 1968, when he was a summer intern for freshman Congressman George H. W. Bush in Washington, D.C.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed Huffington as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy with responsibility for conventional arms control negotiations. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

In 1992, Huffington was elected to the House of Representatives from California's 22nd District (Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties). He spent a record $5.4 million on his campaign, 95% of it his own money. He spent about $3.5 million in the Republican primary where he won in June over veteran incumbent Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino.[2][3] He later defeated then Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gloria Ochoa in the general election. Huffington donated his entire congressional salary to the Partnership for Children of Santa Barbara County in 1993 and to the Partnership for Children of San Luis Obispo County in 1994.

After one term in the House, in 1994, Huffington spent $28 million in a bid for a seat in the United States Senate held by Dianne Feinstein, who had won the seat in a special election two years earlier against John F. Seymour, who was appointed to fill the vacancy in 1991 caused by the retirement of Governor-elect Pete Wilson. In the Republican primary, he defeated William E. Dannemeyer. At the time, Huffington's was the most expensive campaign in a non-presidential election in American history. Huffington lost in the general election by 1.9 percent of the vote to Feinstein.[4]

During 1998, Huffington was co-chairman (along with actor and director Rob Reiner) of Proposition 10 in California, which increased the state excise tax on cigarettes by 50 cents per pack. The resulting multi-hundred million dollars of tax revenue is being used for prenatal care and for the health care and education of children under six years of age.

In the 2003 California recall election, Huffington endorsed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. His ex-wife, Arianna Huffington, was an opposing candidate. She withdrew before the election even though her name remained on the ballot.

In 2006, Huffington co-chaired the Log Cabin Republicans "The Courage To Lead: An Evening With The Governor" dinner that honored California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 29, 2006. Huffington also personally contributed $1 for every $2 contributed to the Log Cabin Republicans (a 501(c)(4) tax designated organization) for that dinner.

In 2006 Huffington became the director of It's My Party Too,[5] a group founded by former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. A moderate Republican organization with libertarian leanings, it advocated fiscal conservatism, social progressivism, environmental protection and limited government interference in personal matters. In 2007, It's My Party Too evolved into the Republican Leadership Council.[6]

In 2013, Huffington was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Huffington married Arianna Huffington, a Greek-born writer and lecturer, on April 12, 1986.[8] They had two daughters[9] and divorced in 1997.[10] In December 2006, he became a blogger for The Huffington Post,[11] which was co-founded by his ex-wife in 2005.[12]

Huffington publicly disclosed that he is bisexual in 1998.[1]

Since that time, Huffington has made a number of contributions to LGBT causes. Later that year, he provided the initial grant that launched SOIN (Sexual Orientation Issues in the News)[13] at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication. Then in 2005, Huffington helped to establish a summer fellowship program for LGBT students at Stanford University.[14] He also spoke at the National Equality March rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on October 11, 2009.[15]

According to a 2004 Los Angeles Times interview, Huffington is celibate.[16]

Huffington was raised Presbyterian, became Episcopalian at age 38, and ultimately joined the Greek Orthodox Church in 1996 after a visit to Istanbul, Turkey.[16] Between 2007 and 2012, Huffington gave $2.5 million to establish the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, in order to promote dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.[17][18] Concerning the Institute's mission, Huffington said, "My dream is that someday I'll get to see members of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church be able to take communion in each other's churches."[19]

Film production[edit]

Huffington found a post-political career as a film producer.[20] From 1991 to 2000, he was co-owner of Crest Films Limited.

Among his other production credits:

Electoral history[edit]

California United States Senate election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dianne Feinstein (incumbent) 3,979,152 46.7 −7.6
Republican Michael Huffington 3,817,025 44.8 +6.8
Peace and Freedom Elizabeth Cervantes Barron 255,301 3.0 +0.2
Libertarian Richard Benjamin Boddie 179,100 2.1 −0.6
American Independent Paul Meeuwenberg 142,771 1.7 −0.9
Green Barbara Blong 140,567 1.7 +1.7
Total votes 8,513,916
Majority 162,127 1.9 −14.4
Democratic hold Swing −14.4
United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Huffington 131,242 52.5
Democratic Gloria Ochoa 87,328 34.9
Green Mindy Lorenz 23,699 9.5
Libertarian William Howard Dilbeck 7,553 3.0
No party Bialosky (write-in) 104 0.1%
Total votes 249,926 100.0
Republican hold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b King, Ryan James. "Michael Huffington: The long-awaited Advocate interview". Advocate. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Miller, Alan C (October 28, 1992) "Congressional Hopeful Sets Campaign Spending Record." Los Angeles Times. (Retrieved 7-14-2016.)
  3. ^ "What Money Can Buy". Time. June 20, 1994. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  4. ^ United States Senate election in California, 1994
  5. ^ "Advisory Board - Michael Huffington". It's My Party Too. Archived from the original on 2006-11-17.
  6. ^ Welcome to the Republican Leadership Council! | Republican Leadership Council
  7. ^ John Avlon (February 28, 2013). "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay-Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Arianna Stassinopoulos, Author, Wed to R. Michael Huffington, Executive", The New York Times, April 13, 1986, retrieved 2009-10-25
  9. ^ Rita Wilson (July 15, 2012). "Arianna Huffington Turns 62". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  10. ^ Michael Huffington in The Huffington Post: My Road to Damascus Led to the Sundance Film Festival. January 16, 2007
  11. ^ "Michael Huffington". The Huffington Post.
  12. ^ "The Huffington Post". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  13. ^ Sexual Orientation Issues in the News - Gay Issues Media Press Coverage Journalism Education Lesbian Homosexual LGBT Annenberg USC Archived 2007-05-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Stanford Pride Archived 2007-10-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Gay Rights Rally Washington DC October 11, 2009 pt.21". YouTube. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  16. ^ a b Robin Abcarian (April 20, 2004). "His core value hasn't changed". Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ Abdollah, Tami (March 17, 2007). "Promoting dialogue between faith traditions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  18. ^ Loyola Marymount University. "Huffington Ecumenical Institute". Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  19. ^ "$5 million promised for new Huffington Ecumenical Institute". Argonaut News Online. Southland Publishing. March 15, 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  20. ^ Michael Huffington on IMDb
  21. ^ Out of the Past (1998)
  22. ^ The Promise (1998) - Full cast and crew
  23. ^ "Главная страница". Minimovie.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  24. ^ "Jules Verne: Secret Adventures of Jules Verne - Andrew Nash". Julesverne.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  25. ^ "iTunes - Movies - Santa Croce". Phobos.apple.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  26. ^ "For the Bible Tells Me So (official website)".
  27. ^ A JIHAD FOR LOVE:::A FIlm by Parvez Sharma Archived 2007-11-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ We're All Angels on IMDb
  29. ^ Showtime : Schedules : Daily Schedule Archived 2008-06-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ "Bi the Way (official website)".
  31. ^ American Primitive on IMDb
  32. ^ Father vs. Son on IMDb
  33. ^ "Dissolution - Movie info: cast, reviews, trailer on". Mubi.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  34. ^ "After the Fire: Official Movie Site".
  35. ^ "Huffington Pictures website". Retrieved 2015-03-07.
  36. ^ "IMDb Geography Club (2013) - full credits". Retrieved 2015-03-07.
  37. ^ "IMDb Geography Club (2013) - company credits". Retrieved 2015-03-07.
  38. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 3, 1992" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. 1993.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert J. Lagomarsino
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Andrea H. Seastrand
Party political offices
Preceded by
John F. Seymour
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 1)
Succeeded by
Tom Campbell