Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Names State Rep. Phil King Co-Chairman of Texas Leadership Committee

October 23, 2007

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Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee named State Representative Phil King as Co-Chairman of his Texas Leadership Committee, it was announced October 19, 2007.

The leadership announcement coincides with other good news from Texas: a new poll of Texas GOP primary voters released last Friday shows Huckabee coming in third place (tying with Mitt Romney) behind Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. Thompson’s support has eroded in Texas, while Huckabee’s has maintained momentum in Texas and in other key parts of the country.

“I am delighted to welcome principled legislators like Rep. King to our team in Texas,” Huckabee said. “His wealth of experience in the Texas Legislature and distinguished background is an incredible asset to my campaign for President – especially in Texas, where my support is clearly growing.”

King has earned a reputation in Texas providing key leadership in passing some of Texas’ sweeping policy legislation, specifically in his role as Chairman of the House Regulated Industries Committee, which includes the telecommunication, electric power and pipeline industries and science and technology issues.

“I have been looking for the true conservative in the race who reflects the core values of the Republican Party,” King said. “I have concluded that Governor Huckabee was the right candidate for President.”

Since the beginning of his political career in 1998, King has made an impact on issues affecting all Texans and has amassed numerous legislative awards. In 2005, King was named a “Legislator of the Year” by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

King has also been recognized as “Crime Fighter of the Year” by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, and in 2003, was awarded “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Association of Builders for his efforts to reduce litigation costs for homebuilders and buyers.

King has been a leading advocate for pro-life legislation such as parental notification and parental consent. King served as a Captain in the Fort Worth Police Department, an instructor at Dallas Baptist University and a Parker County Justice of the Peace.

King and his wife Terry are the proud parents of six children and two grandchildren.

“Mike Huckabee reflects the ideals of the Republican Party such as limited government, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty,” King said. “I am honored to serve as Co-Chairman of the Texas Leadership Committee.”

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