|Former Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas|
Halter is a Rhodes Scholar who studied Economics and Political Science at Stanford University and received an A. B. with Honors and Distinction in 1983. He received a Master of Philosophy in Economics from St John's College, Oxford in 1986. He is a trustee emeritus of Stanford University, having served on its board of trustees for seven years and having chaired the Stanford Committee on Academic Policy.
His official website notes, "Not a career politician, Halter’s business background offers Arkansas leadership with the experience and know-how needed to expand economic development and attract new jobs for Arkansans. Before entering public service, he was a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company where he advised companies in a range of industries and coauthored a study on the management practices of successful companies. Currently, Bill Halter is a member of the Board of Directors of two public companies in biotechnology and information technology: Threshold Pharmaceuticals...and Akamai Technologies...He previously served on the Board of InterMune,.. Xenogen,...and webMethods."
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (2006-2010)
In the run-up to the 2006 Arkansas elections, Halter initially ran for Governor of Arkansas but dropped out in March 2006 and instead ran successfully for Lieutenant Governor. He won a Democratic primary election run-off against Tim Wooldridge and then defeated Jim L. Holt of Springdale, a former conservative Republican state legislator and minister, in the general election.
In 2007, there was speculation that Halter would run for the United States Senate against incumbent Mark Pryor in 2008.
In 1993, Halter began service in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), part of the Executive Office of the President. In his six years with President Clinton's OMB, the U.S. annual federal budget deficit of $290 billion was transformed into a $125 billion surplus and federal civilian employment was reduced to its lowest level since the Kennedy Administration.
After serving in the OMB for six years he was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in 1999 as the Deputy Commissioner (later, also Acting Commissioner) of Social Security.
- See also: Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014
On January 25, 2013, Halter announced that he will seek the 2014 Democratic nomination for Governor of Arkansas. Halter's decision to run for governor came on the heels of previous Democratic frontrunner Dustin McDaniel's abrupt withdrawal from the race.
Halter's 2014 gubernatorial campaign has been endorsed by the United Steelworkers union.
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- ↑ Meet Bill Halter
- ↑ Bill Halter's bio
- ↑ Washington Post
- ↑ S W Times
- ↑ Arkansas Online, "Halter to enter governor's race," January 25, 2013
- ↑ Arkansas Times, "McDaniel officially announces he's out of governor's race," January 25, 2013
- ↑ Talk Business, "McDaniel Releases Internal Poll: Winning Primary, Trouble in General," December 13, 2012
- ↑ Arkansas Online, "Steelworkers union endorses Halter for governor," February 22, 2013