Michael Huffington (born September 3, 1947) is an American politician, bisexual LGBT activist, 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.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 22nd district
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Robert J. Lagomarsino|
|Succeeded by||Andrea Seastrand|
Roy Michael Huffington Jr.
September 3, 1947
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
(m. 1986; div. 1997)
|Education||Stanford University (BA, BS)|
Harvard University (MBA)
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.
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. 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.
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, 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.
Huffington married Arianna Huffington, a Greek-born writer and lecturer, on April 12, 1986. They had two daughters and divorced in 1997. In December 2006, he became a blogger for The Huffington Post, which was co-founded by his ex-wife in 2005.
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) 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. He also spoke at the National Equality March rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on October 11, 2009.
Huffington was raised Presbyterian, became Episcopalian at age 38, and ultimately joined the Greek Orthodox Church in 1996 after a visit to Istanbul, Turkey. 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. 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."
Huffington found a post-political career as a film producer. From 1991 to 2000, he was co-owner of Crest Films Limited.
Among his other production credits:
- Huffington was an executive producer of Hold Me Down, a 2017 American drama short film about the struggles of a 19-year-old single mother in The Bronx, written and directed by Niclas Gillis.
- Huffington was a financial contributor to Out of the Past, a documentary that won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.
- Huffington executive produced three short films at the University of Southern California: "The Promise" in 1998, "Lost and Found" in 1999, and "Nuclear Family" in 2000.
- He was an executive producer of the 2000 television series, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.
- He was an executive producer of the 2007 AFI film Santa Croce, which was distributed worldwide on through the iTunes Store and Shorts International.
- He was an executive producer of For the Bible Tells Me So, a documentary that premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
- He was an executive producer of A Jihad for Love, a documentary that premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.
- He was executive producer of We're All Angels, a 2007 documentary about gay Christian pop singers Jason and deMarco, which premiered on Showtime on June 12, 2008.
- He was an executive producer of Bi the Way, a documentary about bisexuality in America that premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival.
- He was an executive producer of American Primitive, which premiered at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
- He was a producer of Father vs. Son, a comedy that premiered at WorldFest 2010 and won The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best World Premiere – Feature Films.
- He was a producer of Dissolution, which premiered at the 2010 Jerusalem International Film Festival and won the Best Drama Award.
- He was a producer of After The Fire directed by Gudio Verweyen, inspired by the Pulitzer Prize story and New York Times bestseller After The Fire by Robin G. Fisher.
- Under the banner of his own production company Huffington Pictures, Huffington was a producer for the 2013 film Geography Club, directed by Gary Entin and based on Brent Hartinger's book of the same name.
|Democratic||Dianne Feinstein (incumbent)||3,979,152||46.7||−7.6|
|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|
|Libertarian||William Howard Dilbeck||7,553||3.0|
|No party||Bialosky (write-in)||104||0.1%|
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- Welcome to the Republican Leadership Council! | Republican Leadership Council
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- The Promise (1998) - Full cast and crew
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- We're All Angels on IMDb
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- "IMDb Geography Club (2013) - full credits". Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- "IMDb Geography Club (2013) - company credits". Retrieved March 7, 2015.
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Michael Huffington on IMDb
- Works by or about Michael Huffington in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Robert J. Lagomarsino
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 22nd congressional district
|Party political offices|
John F. Seymour
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from California