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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, 12 Jun 2004, page 7

  

LDS in politics an uphill battle for 164 years

 William Ide
(1796-1852)
president
the California Republic
In 1846, he joined John C. Fremont in the Bear Flag Revolt.  They took Sonoma and captured the Mexican Commandante of Northern California.  They raised a new flag and declared the independce of the California Republic with Ide as president.   Ide was chosen to serve as president.   When the U.S. declared war on Mexico, Ide and the others joined the U.S. forces thus ending California's independence.
Source: 
Wikipedia
 
 Ernest Istook
Congressman
Republican
Oklahoma
First elected in 1992, he is currently serving his seventh term representing Oklahoma's fifth district. .
Source: Open Secrets

In office
1993-2007

 

 Jeffrey Max Jones
Senator - Mexico
PAN
State of Chihuahua
Born in Chihuahua, graduated from BYU.  He participated in Committees on Agriculture, Livestock and Foreign Affairs and acted as Coordinator of Federal PAN Congressmen in Chihuahua.
Jeffrey Max Jones was elected as a Federal Congressman (Diputado Federal) in 1997,  to the 57th Legislature.  He was elected Senator in 2000 to the 58th and 59th Legislature.  He is the first Mormon to hold this high of an office in Mexico.  He is currently President of the Border Affairs Committee.
 Senator Jones is the great, great, grandson of Daniel Webster Jones, who was the first missionary into Mexico and instrumental in getting the church started in Mexico.

 

 
 David Matthew Kennedy
(1905-1996)
Secretary of the Treasury
Republican
He became Secretary of the Treasury in 1968, during the Nixon administration. Secretary of the Treasury is a cabinet position second only to the Secretary of State.

In addition to being Secretary of the Treasury, he was ambassador to NATO and Ambassador-at-Large for the United States. He became CEO of the one of the largest banks in the United States, the Continental Illinois Bank of Chicago.

 

 
 Rep. David S. King

Congressman Utah Democrat (1959-1963, '65-67)

David S. King,  was a House member back when civil-rights legislation was being debated and the U.S. space program was just beginning (he supported both). He grew up in politics. His father, William H. King, was a two-term U.S. House member from Utah and a four-term U.S. senator. 
He served for three years as the U.S. ambassador to the African island nations of Madagascar and Mauritius (he speaks fluent French, an official language there). 
He became an LDS bishop in Kensington, Md. While in that assignment, the church chose a site within its boundaries for its Washington Temple. King later became president of that temple for three years. He also wrote a book about temples, titled "Come to the House of the Lord."
King also served three years as president of the LDS mission in Haiti.  Deseret News
 

Raúl Rafael Labrador   

 

U.S. Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district. In 2010 Labrador defeated Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick in the general election. Labrador was reelected in November 2012 after defeating Jimmy Farris. Days after the election he sharply criticized losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about Hispanics.  He is a member of the Republican Party Labrador lives in Eagle, Idaho, with his wife, Rebecca, and their five children. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first Mormon to represent Idaho's 1st district. 
 Michael O. Leavitt
Secretary
Health and Human Services
He was governor of Utah from 1993-2003.  In 2003, President Bush asked him to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  In 2004, President Bush asked him to serve as in his cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services. 
Mike Lee

Michael Shumway "Mike" is a lawyer and a United States Senator from Utah.  Lee has been a constitutional lawyer in Utah and Washington, D.C, in addition to serving as a clerk for then-Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. His father, Rex E. Lee, was the founding dean of Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, and Solicitor General of the United States during the Reagan administration. http://en.wikipedia.org/

He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission for the Church in the Texas Rio Grande Valley

 
 Buck McKeon
Congressman
Republican
California
First elected in 1992, he is currently serving his seventh term, representing California’s twenty-fifth district. He comes up for re-election again in Nov 2006.
Source: Political Graveyard: Mormon Politicians in California
 

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