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New Governor

UTAH Jon Huntsman Jr. (R)

Thursday, November 4, 2004; Page A38

Jon Huntsman Jr., 44, a former U.S. ambassador to Singapore who runs his family's $10 billion holding company, won the gubernatorial race in Utah by defeating Democrat Scott M. Matheson Jr., a Utah law school dean.

Huntsman's father, Jon Huntsman Sr., built the family business into one of the nation's leading chemical firms, which gained fame for inventing the clamshell container for the Big Mac. The son dropped out of high school in his senior year to play keyboard in rock-and-roll bands before graduating and going to college. He also became a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in Taiwan, where he became fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Huntsman (R) ... 57% Matheson ... 42%

He later became friendly with Sen. Jake Garn (R-Utah) and soon worked as ambassador to Singapore and as a deputy U.S. trade representative to Asia and Africa.

Recently, Huntsman served as chairman and chief executive of Huntsman Corp., which employs 15,000 people.

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