Michael Huffington

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Michael Huffington
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byBob Lagomarsino (Redistricting)
Succeeded byAndrea Seastrand
Personal details
Born
Roy Michael Huffington Jr.

(1947-09-03) September 3, 1947 (age 74)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
(m. 1986; div. 1997)
Children2
Parent(s)
EducationStanford University (BA, BS)
Harvard University (MBA)

Michael Huffington (born September 3, 1947), is an American politician, 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 HuffPost, 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]

Politics[edit]

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

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, in which he defeated veteran incumbent Robert J. Lagomarsino.[2][3] Huffington later defeated then Santa Barbara County Supervisor, Gloria Ochoa, in the general election. He 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.

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

During 1998, Huffington was co-chairman (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 was used for prenatal care and for the health care and education of children under six years of age.[citation needed]

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

On June 29, 2006, Huffington co-chaired the Log Cabin Republicans "The Courage To Lead: An Evening With The Governor" dinner that honored California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 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 in support of same-sex marriage, submitted to the Supreme Court 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][relevance questioned]

Huffington was raised Presbyterian, became Episcopalian at age 38,[citation needed] and ultimately joined the Greek Orthodox Church during his marriage to Arianna.[17] 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.[18][19] 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."[20]

Film production[edit]

Huffington found a post-political career as a film producer.[21] From 1991 to 2000, he was co-owner of Crest Films Limited.

Among his other production credits:

Electoral history[edit]

1994 California United States Senate election
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
Turnout
Democratic hold Swing −14.4
1992 United States House of Representatives elections[39][40]
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 Richard Bialosky (write-in) 104 0.1
Total votes 249,926 100.0
Turnout  
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b King, Ryan James (2006-05-22). "Michael Huffington: The long-awaited Advocate interview". Advocate. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Miller, Alan C. (October 28, 1992). "Congressional Hopeful Sets Campaign Spending Record". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "What Money Can Buy". Time. June 20, 1994. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  4. ^ 1994 United States Senate election in California
  5. ^ "Advisory Board - Michael Huffington". It's My Party Too. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006.
  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 May 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "Arianna Stassinopoulos, Author, Wed to R. Michael Huffington, Executive", The New York Times, April 13, 1986, retrieved October 25, 2009
  9. ^ Rita Wilson (July 15, 2012). "Arianna Huffington Turns 62". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  10. ^ Michael Huffington (January 16, 2007). "My Road to Damascus Led to the Sundance Film Festival". The Huffington Post.
  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 from the original on May 3, 2007.
  14. ^ Stanford Pride Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Gay Rights Rally Washington DC October 11, 2009 pt.21". YouTube. October 11, 2009. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  16. ^ Robin Abcarian (April 20, 2004). "His core value hasn't changed". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 29, 2016.
  17. ^ Capriles, Ivan (January 29, 2018). "A Donor Profile - Michael Huffington". Retrieved March 12, 2022. During this time, he fell in love and married Arianna Stassinopoulos in 1986, and he joined the Greek Orthodox Church during their marriage
  18. ^ Abdollah, Tami (March 17, 2007). "Promoting dialogue between faith traditions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  19. ^ Loyola Marymount University. "Huffington Ecumenical Institute". Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  20. ^ "$5 million promised for new Huffington Ecumenical Institute". Argonaut News Online. Southland Publishing. March 15, 2007. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  21. ^ Michael Huffington at IMDb
  22. ^ "Out of the Past (1998) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  23. ^ "The Promise (1998) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  24. ^ "Главная страница". Minimovie.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  25. ^ "Jules Verne: Secret Adventures of Jules Verne - Andrew Nash". Julesverne.ca. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  26. ^ "iTunes - Movies - Santa Croce". Phobos.apple.com. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  27. ^ "For The Bible Tells Me So". www.forthebibletellsmeso.org.
  28. ^ "A JIHAD FOR LOVE:::A Film by Parvez Sharma". Archived from the original on November 24, 2007.
  29. ^ We're All Angels at IMDb
  30. ^ "Showtime : Schedules : Daily Schedule". Archived from the original on June 5, 2008.
  31. ^ "Bi the Way Movie". Archived from the original on 11 September 2016.
  32. ^ American Primitive at IMDb
  33. ^ Father vs. Son at IMDb
  34. ^ "Dissolution - Movie info: cast, reviews, trailer on". Mubi.com. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  35. ^ "AFTER THE FIRE - A True Story of Heroes and Cowards". www.afterthefiremovie.com.
  36. ^ "Huffington Pictures website". Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  37. ^ "IMDb Geography Club (2013) - full credits". IMDb. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  38. ^ "IMDb Geography Club (2013) - company credits". IMDb. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  39. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 3, 1992" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. 1993.
  40. ^ "Federal Elections 92: Election Results for the U.S. President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. June 1993.

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

1993–1995
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from California
(Class 1)

1994
Succeeded by
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