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"Ronald Reagan truly admired the Latter-day Saints.  His administration included more members of the Church than any other American president, ever.  Three of us, David Fischer, Gregory Newell and I, served on his personal White House staff.  Richard Wirthlin was his chief strategist.  Ted Bell served as Secretary of Education, Angela Buchanan was Treasurer, Rex Lee was Solicitor General.  His White House included Roger Porter, Brent Scowcroft, Richard Beal, Blake Parish, Jon Huntsman Jr., Dodie Borup and Rocky Kuonen, and there were many other Latter-day Saints throughout his Administration.  President Thomas S. Monson served on a Presidential Commission on Volunteerism.  Others were ambassadors.  LDS senators and representatives were held in special regard, and the Tabernacle Choir was his special inaugural guest." -Stephen M. Studdert, Special Assistant to President Reagan

Source: "President Reagan respected Church," Church News

Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett

US Senator

Republican

Utah      US Senate in 1992 - 2010 .  He served as chief deputy whip.  In this capacity, he helped set the senate agenda and schedule and served as a key advisor on the senate leadership team. 

Terrel Bell

Terrel Bell

(1921-1996)

Secretary of Education

Republican
He was born in Idaho.  He served as a Marine seargeant during World War II, earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Utah.  He taught at the high school level and served as professor at Utah State University.  President Reagan appointed him secretary of education.  He established the National Commission on Excellence in Education in 1981 and issued the 1983 report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform.
Ezra Taft Benson

Ezra Taft Benson

(1899-1994)

US Secretary of Agriculture

In 1952 the newly elected president, Dwight David Eisenhower, requested Ezra to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture. He was reluctant to mix Church and State but President McKay urged him to accept. He served with honor and integrity for the entire eight years of Eisenhower's two terms. Although there was a firestorm of criticism as he sought to dismantle the bloated bureaucracy that had overseen agriculture during the war, no one ever questioned Secretary Benson's integrity.               

Rob Bishop 

Rob Bishop

Congressman

Republican Utah

 

On January 7, 2003, Rob Bishop was sworn in as the new Congressman from Utah's First Congressional District, replacing the retiring Representative Jim Hansen

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Bay Buchanan

Bay Buchanan

Angela "Bay" Buchanan

US Treasurer

Republican

She is sister to Pat Buchanan, former presidential candidate.  Their family is Irish-Catholic.  She is called "Bay" because her brothers called her the "bay-bay."  In 1981, President Reagan appointed her to serve as Treasurer of the United States.  At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that office since its establishment in 1775.  (Her signature can still be found on older greenbacks.)  She joined the Church in 1982.  In 1998, she appeared on television as co-host of CNBC's political show Equal Time.  She now leads an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative issues.

Berkeley Bunker

Berkeley Bunker

US Senator

Democrat

Nevada

He would be celebrated as the first Southern Nevadan, and first Nevada Mormon, to hold national office.  A member of a pioneer Mormon family, who found himself thrust into a national office after a key official died, returned to the city he loved and made himself and his family proud.     The First 100 persons who shaped Southern Nevada

Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon

   Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon

(1857-1932)

State Senator

Democrat

Utah

She was trained as a physician at the University of Michigan. She was a suffragist, and became the first female state senator in American history. In 1886, rather than testify against her husband in federal court (for polygamy), she fled, with her baby, into hiding in England.

Howard W. Cannon

Howard W. Cannon

1912-2002

 US Senator

Democrat

Nevada

Senator Howard Cannon, who once survived 42 days behind enemy lines after his plane was shot down during World War II Cannon was praised for his efforts to help win passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Panama Canal Treaty.

Jason E. Chaffetz

Jason E. Chaffetz

Chaffetz converted to Mormonism in his college years. He attended Brigham Young University on an athletic scholarship, and was the starting placekicker on the BYU football team in 1988 and 1989. He still holds the BYU individual records for most extra points attempted in a game, most extra points made in a game, and most consecutive extra points made in a game.  His father had previously been married to Democratic Governor, Michael Dukakis' wife, Katherine, and his half-brother is former actor John Dukakis. While a student at BYU, he was a Utah co-chairman for Michael Dukakis's 1988 campaign for U.S. President.

 J. Reuben Clark

 J. Reuben Clark

(1891-1961)

Undersecretary of State

Republican

In 1910, he was appointed U.S. State Department Solicitor. In 1928, he was appointed Undersecretary of State. In 1930, he was appointed ambassador to Mexico. In 1933, he retired from public life and accepted the calling as counselor to Presidents Heber J. Grant. He later served as a counselor to President George Albert Smith and President David O. McKay.

 


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