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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

Gregory J. Newell

Gregory J. Newell

Undersecretary of State

Republican

In 1980 he became director of Presidential scheduling, Reagan-Bush Committee, Arlington, Virginia.  In 1980 - 1981 he was a staff member of the Presidential Transition Foundation, Washington, DC.  He then served as Special Assistant to President Reagan.  In 1982 Mr. Newell was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.  He served eight years as ambassador to Sweden.  At the age of 29, he was the US's youngest ambassador since Thomas Jefferson.

Rep. Howard Nielson

Rep. Howard Nielson

Congressman

Republican

Utah (1983-1991)

Howard Nielson,  chose to walk away from Congress after four terms to allow him and his wife to do some missionary work for the LDS Church.

They then served full-time missions in Australia and Hungary and a part-time mission at the Missionary Training Center in Provo before Nielson's wife died in 2003. He has since remarried to a sister of former (Famous Mormons) Rep. Ron Packard, R-Calif Deseret News
Rep. Dan Marriott

Rep. Dan Marriott

Congressman

Republican

Utah (1977-1985)

Photo Deseret News

Since Congress, Marriott  focused on his insurance and investment company, "and real estate was my hobby. But it got bigger than my business."

      That includes building the 120-room Zion Park Inn, just outside Zion National Park, and the Switchback Grill and Trading Co. there. Marriott also developed the nearby Canyon Springs subdivision. He also  served for three years as president of the LDS South Africa Cape Town Mission  Deseret News

           

Jim Matheson 

Jim Matheson

Congressman

Democrat

Utah

Jim Mathison who took office January 3, 2001, ran for reelection in 2012 in Utah's 4th Congressional District.  It was another uphill race for Matheson, but against serious odds he squeaked out a narrow win, beating Mia Love ("who had emerged as a gold-plated national star") by 49.3% to 48.1%.  This was one of the most hotly contested and closely watched races in the country.  The result was identified by Politico, a leading Washington political journal, as one of the five biggest House race surprises of this election cycle.  The Deseret News described the race in these terms:  "Like a magician freeing himself from a box filling with water, Rep. Jim Matheson escaped with his political life once again.

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Ron Packard

Ron Packard

Congressman

Republican

California

In 2001, he retired after 18 years as a member of the House of Representatives California's 48th district.

 

Ivy Baker Priest 

Ivy Baker Priest

(1905-1975)

US Treasurer

She served as the U.S. Treasurer under President Eisenhower. Her signature appeared on U.S. currency from 1953 to 1961. She went on to serve as California Treasurer under Ronald Reagan. She was the mother of the actress who played "Marilyn" (Pat Priest) on the 60s sitcom "The Munsters."

 

     

Larry Pressler 

Larry Pressler

Congress and Senate

 South Dakota

 He served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1975-79) and three terms in the U.S. Senate (1979-97), losing re-election to Tim Johnson (1996). He was the first Vietnam veteran to be elected to the Senate.

 On Sunday, April 19, 2015  Pressler was confirmed as a church member by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, a who introduced him to the Book of Mormon. He was baptized earlier by Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor

Harry Reid 

Harry Reid

US Senate Majority Leader

Democrat

Nevada

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (C)(D-NV) Reid, a moderate Nevada Democrat, was elected by colleagues on Tuesday November 14th 2006  as U.S. Senate majority leader for the 110th Congress took office January 3, 1987.  The highest ranking government leadership position ever held by an LDS Member of Congress

First elected to the Senate in 1986.   He served as the Senate minority leader, replacing Senator Tom Daschle (D, SD) who lost his seat in a very close race to Congressman John Thune (R, SD).  "The biggest strength he has is that he always keeps his word," says Senator Patrick Leahy (D,VT).  "He's a straight shooter, smart and easy to work with," says Senate Republican whip Mitch McConnell.

Source:  CNN

 Mormon and Democrat?  At the same time?   Yes it is possible and it will surprise LDS members to find out many popular Mormons were or are democrats.

    Church President Heber J. Grant started out as an ardent Democrat.  Also among Democratic First Presidency counselors who have been Democrat Anthony R. Ivins, a passionate Democrat Charles W. Penrose, equally passionate; John Rex Winder; John Willard Young; Stephen L. Richards; Henry D. Moyle; Hugh B. Brown, another ardent Democrat; and his nephew, N. Eldon.  Apostles who have been Democrats are poet and historian Orson F. Whitney; Franklin D. Richards; Moses Thatcher; Abraham H. Cannon; Stephen L. Richards; Melvin J. Ballard; and Joseph F. Merrill.  Source an e-article by Todd Compton

George W. Romney

George W. Romney

(1907-1995)

Governor

Republican

Michigan

Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, governor of Michigan, chairman of American Motors Corp. and a contender for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. He is Mitt Romney's Father

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney 

Buck McKeon

Congressman

Republican

Massachusetts  On 05 Nov 2002, the election of Mitt Romney - an adherent of a faith shared by less than half of a percent of his fellow Massachusetts residents - demonstrates an increasing acceptance of Mormons in the United States, as well as the increasing willingness of Americans to elect members of minority faiths.

Source: Center for studies on new religions

www.mittromney.com

New Labour Party

Terry Rooney

Terry Rooney

Bradford North First elected in 1990, and he became the only LDS Member of Parliament in Great Britain (House of Commons).  He belongs to the New Labour Party, the same party as the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

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