Huckabee Unveils Official Portrait in Capitol

NOVEMBER 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Governor Huckabee will still be present at the state Capitol long after he leaves office next year. The governor has unveiled his official portrait.

The oil-based portrait, painted by a Virginia artist, will hang over a fireplace in the governor's conference room beginning January 9. It shows Huckabee in a light blue chair, wearing a black suit, white shirt and his favorite blue tie. A leather-bound book with a pen lays on a small side table to his left. Huckabee leaves office after ten years in the governor's seat.

The portraits are a tradition for outgoing Arkansas governors dating back to 1819 with the state's first territorial governor, James Miller. Others hang throughout the Capitol rotunda.

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