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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

Curtis J. Clawson

Curtis J. Clawson

US Senator

Republican

A member of the 114th United States congress a  Representative for Florida's 19th congressional district. He is the former chief executive of Hayes Lemmerz, a Michigan-based automobile wheel and brakes supplier

Delwin Morgan Clawson

Delwin Morgan Clawson

Mayor of Compton Congressman Eighty-eighth Congress

Delwin Morgan Clawson  (born January 11,1914 in Thatcher , Arizona)  served as mayor of Comptan, California  from 1957 until 1963. He was elected as a  Republican to the Eighty-eighth Congress, . He was reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses and served until his retirement at the end of his last term on December 31, 1978 . He died in Downey California on May 5,1992 .   wikipedia.org

From Time Magazine Jun 21, 1963:     Last week, saxophone-playing Del Clawson won easily, with 33,086 votes to 21,951 for Porter, the runner-up. A Mormon who says he feels "emotionally close to George Romney but philosophically closer to Barry Goldwater," Clawson for several years has mailed paperback copies of Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative as Christmas cards. In his first term as mayor of Compton, he eliminated bonded indebtedness and reduced city tax rates by one-third, was promptly re-elected in 1961.

Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver

Leroy Eldridge Cleaver,  born in 1935) socio-cultural theorist, and minister. Born in Wabbaseka, Arkansas, Eldridge Cleaver moved west to Los Angeles in 1946, where his family lived in an impoverished African American/Chicano neighborhood. In 1953 and 1957 Cleaver was convicted for narcotics possession and assault and spent almost thirteen years in the California penitentiary system.

By the late 70s, Cleaver had experimented with a number of religious groups most notably Sun Moon's.   Not surprisingly, his views of Mormonism were strongly colored (no pun intended) by the negative views of the Church within the Black Power movement.   Cleaver's first "Mormon contact," interestingly, was with Carl Loeber, an activist with the Peace and Freedom party that sponsered Cleaver's presidential run who had joined the Church in 1970 as he renunciated the Black Power movement. Cleaver met with Elder Paul H. Dunn (then administrator for California) and would be later introduced by Loeber to Cleon Skousen during a Know Your Religion class in San Jose.   Cleaver even traveled to Salt Lake City to meet with President Ezra Taft Benson. Cleaver was baptized in December 1983  mormonmatters.org

             

Mike Crapo 

Mike Crapo

US Senator

Republican

Idaho
Michael Dean "Mike" Crapo   First elected to the Senate in 1999.  He previously served in Congress as a representative from Idaho.

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John Doolittle

John Doolittle

Congressman

Republican

California

First elected in 1994, representing California's fourth district. The 4th Congressional District stretches from the eastern Sacramento Region to Lake Tahoe on the south and runs up the Sierra Nevada range to the high desert of Modoc County on the Oregon border in the north. For the 108th Congress, Doolittle was elected as the Secretary of the House Republican Conference, the sixth highest ranking elected position in the House Leadership.

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Larry EchoHawk

Head of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs

Larry EchoHawk an attorney and legal scholar. EchoHawk joined the administration of U.S. President He became the head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. He served as Attorney General of Idaho from 1991 to 1995, the first Native American elected to a constitutional statewide office. He served as Attorney General of Idaho from 1991 to 1995, the first Native American elected to a constitutional statewide office.        

 

Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon

   Eni F.H. Faleomavaega

Delegate to U.S. Congress

Democrat

American Samoa

First elected in 1988, he is currently serving in his eighth term representing American Samoa. He graduated from BYU. He served three years in Vietnam. He served as administrative assistant to Chief A. U. Fuimaono (American Samoa's first elected non-voting Congressional delegate from 1973 to 1975). He is married and has five children.

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Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

Congressman

Republican

Arizona

First elected in 2000, he is currently serving his third term, representing the Arizona's sixth district. This district includes parts of Mesa and Chandler and all of Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Apache Junction. He comes up for re-election again in Nov 2006.

Jake Garn

Jake Garn

Senator Utah

Garn was chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and served on three subcommittees: Housing and Urban Affairs, Financial Institutions, and International Finance and Monetary Policy. He also was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and served as Chairman of the HUD-Independent Agencies Subcommittee. He served on four other Appropriations subcommittees: Energy and Water Resources, Defense, Military Construction, and Interior. Garn served as a member of the Republican leadership from 1979 to 1984 as Secretary of the Republican Conference.

Garn spent time as an astronaut.  At the conclusion of the mission, Garn had traveled over 2.5 million miles in 108 Earth orbits, logging over 167 hours in space as the world's first space tourist. The space sickness he experienced during the journey was so severe that NASA named the "Garn scale" of space sickness after him, and he was quickly dubbed "Barfin' Jake" by his Senate colleagues.

 

Orrin Hatch 

Orrin Hatch

US Senator

Republican

Utah

First elected to the US Senate in 1976.  In 1976 in his first run for public office, he was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Democrat Frank Moss, a three-term incumbent. Among other issues, Hatch criticized Moss's 18-year tenure in the Senate, saying "What do you call a Senator who's served in office for 18 years? You call him home." Hatch argued that many Senators, including Moss, had lost touch with their constituents. Hatch won his first election by an unexpectedly wide nine-point margin. He later defeated Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson by 17 points in his reelection bid in 1982. He hasn't faced substantive opposition since, and has been reelected four times, including defeating Brian Moss, Frank Moss' son, by 35 points in 1988. He is the longest-serving Senator in Utah history, eclipsing previous record-holder Reed Smoot in 2007. He was among the first to rally conservative Christians and Mormons to the Republican Party, most notably on the right to life platform which he has supported for 35 years

 Ralph Harding

 Ralph Harding

US Congressman

Democrat

Idaho   

Harding died in October 2006 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 77.  He was a Mormon and a Democrat who served in Congress from 1961 to 1965.

 Harding, born in 1929 at Malad City, was educated at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Idaho State University. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and was a commissioned lieutenant at the time of his discharge. Married for 52 years, he was father of five children. An avid golfer and sports fan, Harding was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At the time of his death he was an ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Temple and a diligent home teacher.  Idaho Mountain Explorer

Cresent Hardy

Cresent Hardy  

Cresent Leo Hardy. A member of the Republican Party, Hardy is a member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing the 19th district.

 Hardy graduated from Virgin Valley High School and Dixie State College. He served as a city councilor for Mesquite, Nevada. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2010.

Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins

US Senator

Republican

Florida

                First woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida. As a member of the Senate Children's Caucus, she was effective in raising public awareness of child abuse and was instrumental in passing the Missing Children's Act of 1982, which established a national clearinghouse for information about missing children and resulted in the locating of more 2,000 children by 1983.   Hawkins opposed the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion-on-demand.

She refused to join the Congressional Woman's Caucus because she thought child care, pension equity and other matters were "family issues" and not just of concern to women. "I did not like the Equal Rights Amendment," she said. "I predicted that it would bring about the downfall of the father's responsibility to support the family."  She died in 2009 at the age of 82        FCSW

Dean Heller

Dean Heller

Senator

 Nevada

Dean Heller (R-Nevada) was reelected in 2012 to the Nevada Senate seat to which he was appointed when former Senator John Ensign resigned.  Heller was not supported by LDS Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), who endorsed and strongly supported his non-Mormon opponent.  Heller won with 46% of the vote to 45% for his Democratic opponent, with a margin of just over 12,000 votes out of a total of 900,808 ballots cast (CNN Election Results)

Wally Herger

Wally Herger

Congressman

Republican

California

First elected in 1986, representing California's second district

Paul Hinman

Paul Hinman

Canadian politician

Paul Hinman (born 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and currently the sole legislative representative and leader of the Alberta Alliance Party. Paul was elected to his first term as an MLA representing the constituency of Cardston-Taber-Warner, on November 22, 2004. He is the first and so far only person to win an election under the Alberta Alliance Party banner, and the second MLA in Alliance history. He spent two years in the Philippines doing missionary work for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he learned to speak their native language, Tagalog.

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

U.S. ambassador to China

 Governor

Republican

Utah

Huntsman formally entered the race for the United States Republican presidential nomination on 21 June 2011.  On May 18, 2011, Huntsman opened his 2012 national campaign headquarters in Orlando, FL.

Jon Huntsman Jr. was named Saturday May 16 2009 by President Barack Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. "I wasn't looking for a new job in life, but a call from the president changed that," Huntsman said, standing beside Obama at a White House press conference. Huntsman speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese learned for an LDS Church mission to Taiwan. He and his wife, Mary Kaye, adopted a daughter from China.  Deseret News

 His Father is CEO of Huntsman Chemical Corporation.  In 1987, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political.  The most polarizing issue in his campaign was a school voucher program for parents with children in private school.

 


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