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Encyclopedia > Michael Leavitt
Michael Leavitt
Michael Leavitt

In office
January 26, 2005 – present
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Tommy Thompson

In office
2003 – 2005
Preceded by Marianne Lamont Horinko
Succeeded by Stephen L. Johnson

In office
1993 – 2003
Lieutenant(s) Olene S. Walker
Preceded by Norman H. Bangerter
Succeeded by Olene S. Walker

Born February 11, 1951 (1951-02-11) (age 56)
Cedar City, Utah
Political party Republican
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Career

A Republican, Leavitt was the 14th Governor of the state of Utah. He was first elected in 1992, then he was re-elected in 1996 (with the largest vote total in state history) and in 2000 became only the second governor in Utah history to be re-elected to a third term. As Governor, he held leadership positions in national and regional organizations, such as the Council of State Governments, over which he presided for a year. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Democratic Party. ... List of Utah Governors Heber M. Wells Republican 1896-1905 John C. Cutler Republican 1905-1909 William Spry Republican 1909-1917 Simon Bamberger Democrat 1917-1921 Charles R. Mabey Republican 1921-1925 George H. Dern Democrat 1925-1933 Henry H. Blood Democrat 1933-1941 Herbert B. Maw Democrat 1941-1949... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... CSG may stand for: Commodore Semiconductor Group, later corporate name for MOS Technology Constructive solid geometry Control Systems Group Context-sensitive grammar Corps Support Group The IATA airport code for the airport in Columbus, Georgia, United States This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page...


While governor, Leavitt and Roy Romer of Colorado were the two key founders of Western Governors University (WGU) one of the first exclusively online schools in the nation. In addition to Leavitt and Romer, seventeen others were signatory governors creating WGU as a non-profit private university. Roy R. Romer (born October 31, 1928 in Garden City, Kansas, United States) was the 39th governor of Colorado and served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2006. ... Western Governors University (WGU) is a non-profit, online university that specializes in adult education. ... A private university is a university that is run without the control of any government entity. ...


On August 11, 2003, Governor Leavitt was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency at a press conference in Aurora, Colorado. He was confirmed to this office on October 28, 2003 by a vote of 88-8 in the United States Senate. Leavitt resigned the Utah governor's office on November 5. He was sworn in as the 10th Administrator of the EPA the following day. On December 13, 2004, Leavitt was nominated by Bush to succeed Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services and was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote on January 26, 2005. is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... EPA redirects here. ... A member of Liberal Democratic Party Taizo Sugimura in an apology news conference in Japan A news conference or press conference is a media event in which newsmakers invite journalists to hear them speak and, most often, ask questions. ... Nickname: Location in Arapahoe County and the state of Colorado Coordinates: , Country United States State Colorado Counties Arapahoe, Adams, Douglas[1] Founded 1891 Incorporated (town) May 5, 1903[2] Incorporated (city) 1929[3] Government  - Type Home Rule Municipality[1]  - Mayor Ed Tauer (R) Area  - City 369. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the head of the United States federal governments Environmental Protection Agency, and is thus responsible for enforcing the nations Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, as well as numerous other environmental statutes. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other people with similar names, see Thomas Thompson. ... The United States Department of Health and Human Services, often abbreviated HHS, is a Cabinet department of the United States government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... A voice vote in a legislative body refers to a vote taken on a topic where the participants respond to a question with yea (yes), nay (no), or present (abstain). ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Mr. Leavitt has described the avian flu virus as the most serious threat to American security. Mr. Leavitt's cited the work of the World Health Organization's Dr. Michael McCoy as the most probative scientific work into the threat of the avian flu. For the H5N1 subtype generating the concern see H5N1. ... This article is about biological infectious particles. ... “WHO” redirects here. ...


Leavitt also serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council. The Homeland Security Advisory Council is part of the Executive Office of the President. ...


The Michael O. Leavitt Online Digital Collection is found at: http://www.leavittcollection.org


In August 2007, Leavitt became the first cabinet-level blogger in U.S. history.


Electoral history

  • 2000 Race for Governor
    • Mike Leavitt (R) (inc.), 56%
    • Bill Orton (D), 42%
  • 1996 Race for Governor
  • 1992 Race for Governor
    • Mike Leavitt (R), 42%
    • Merrill Cook (I), 34%
    • Stewart Hanson (D), 23%

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Controversy

Gulfstream

In June of 2006, Leavitt came under criticism for misappropriation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Gulfstream III Emergency Response aircraft to, primarily, promote the newly reformed Medicare plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, is recognized as the leading United States agency for protecting the public health and safety of people. ...


Critics argue that Leavitt irresponsibly has used the aircraft since January of 2006, logging over $700,000 worth of flight time in the 14 seat private jet. Leavitt’s office maintains that the use of the aircraft was necessary and legal since the Senate Appropriations Committee approved his use of the aircraft, and commercial services could not meet the deadlines required by his engagements. During two recent emergencies that the CDC has required use of the aircraft, they were forced to privately charter a different plane since the CDC’s GIII was in use by Leavitt.[1] The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ...


Leavitt Foundation controversies

There has been controversy over Leavitt's family charitable foundation, the Dixie and Anne Leavitt Foundation, which the Leavitt family established in 2000 and to which it has donated nearly $9 million of assets. It has provided them with tax write-offs for the donated assets. About a third of the foundation's assets have been loaned back to family businesses, such as a $332,000 loan to Leavitt Land and Investment Inc., in which Mike Leavitt has a substantial interest. (Future affiliate transactions are prohibited because of a law passed by Congress in August 2006.[2].) A charitable foundation is a legal categorization of nonprofit organizations that either donate funds and support to other organizations, or provide the sole source of funding for their own activities. ...


In July 2006, National Public Radio reported that nearly $500,000 in charitable contributions from the foundation went to the Southern Utah Foundation, which then gave the money to the Southern Utah University as housing scholarships. About 50 students were placed, rent-free, in apartments owned by the Cedar Development Co., which is owned by the Leavitt family, and the university then paid the donated money to the company as rent. [3] The students filled vacant apartments which the company had not been able to rent out. Charitable contribution deductions for United States Federal Income Tax purposes are defined in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code as contributions to or for the use of certain listed nonprofit enterprises. ... Southern Utah University, or SUU, is located in Cedar City, Utah. ...


Total charitable grants from the foundation during its first six years were $1,468,055. The foundation's principal beneficiaries have been Southern Utah University and the LDS Church. Other beneficiaries have included arts, educational and humanitarian organizations,[4] including the Leavitt family genealogical society. (Leavitt is a descendant of an old Massachusetts Puritan family, and a direct descendant of Dudley Leavitt, a Mormon pioneer who was named for his ancestor Thomas Dudley, the second colonial governor of Massachusetts.) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ...


Personal

Leavitt graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Southern Utah University and married Jacalyn Smith. They are the parents of five children. Southern Utah University, or SUU, is located in Cedar City, Utah. ...


Leavitt is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to Jon Krakauer's book "Under the Banner of Heaven", Leavitt is also a direct descendant of Dudley Leavitt, a participant in the brutal Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857. For other uses, see Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (disambiguation). ... Jon Krakauer Jon Krakauer (born April 12, 1954), is an American non-fiction author and mountaineer, well-known for outdoor and mountain-climbing writing. ... Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (ISBN 1400032806) is a book of investigative non-fiction written by Jon Krakauer. ... Dudley Leavitt is an early patriarch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon pioneer and an early settler in southern Utah. ... An Illustration of the Mountain Meadows massacre, from a seminal 1873 history of the Mormons by T.B.H. Stenhouse. ...


External links

  • Michael O. Leavitt Archive
  • Biography of the Secretary
  • Leavitt's blog at HHS
  • Blog item about public officials who blog
  • NPR Story about Leavitt's blog
Preceded by
Norman H. Bangerter
Governor of Utah
1993–2003
Succeeded by
Olene S. Walker
Preceded by
Marianne Lamont Horinko
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Served Under: George W. Bush

2003-2005
Succeeded by
Stephen L. Johnson
Preceded by
Tommy Thompson
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
Served Under: George W. Bush

2005 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dirk Kempthorne
United States Presidential Line of Succession
8th in line
Succeeded by
Alphonso Jackson
Preceded by
Elaine Chao
United States order of precedence
as of 2007
Succeeded by
Alphonso Jackson
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Michael Leavitt
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NAME Leavitt, Michael Okerlund
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION 8th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
DATE OF BIRTH February 11, 1951
PLACE OF BIRTH Cedar City, Utah, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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A Republican, Leavitt was the 14th Governor of the state of Utah.
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Leavitt is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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