Bob Bennett

U.S. Congressperson

1933 –

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Who is Bob Bennett?

Robert Foster "Bob" Bennett a former United States Senator from Utah, and a member of the Republican Party. Bennett held chairmanships and senior positions on a number of key Senate committees, including the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Appropriations Committee, Rules and Administration Committee, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Joint Economic Committee.

Bennett was a popular and reliably conservative Senator for most of his tenure, earning high ratings from conservative activist groups such as the National Rifle Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and American Conservative Union. However, in 2010 Bennett became one of the most prominent targets of the Tea Party Movement, which criticized his support of the Bush Administration's bank bailout and argued that Bennett was insufficiently conservative. Despite an enthusiastic endorsement from Mitt Romney, Bennett was denied a place on the primary ballot by the 2010 Utah State Republican Convention, placing third behind two Tea-Party-backed candidates.

Following his exit from the Senate, Bennett joined the law firm Arent Fox as senior policy advisor. He also became Chairman of Bennett Group, a consulting firm with offices in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., and announced his intention to become a registered lobbyist in early 2013, after being out of office for the legally required two years. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on budget, energy, and health issues, Bennett is a part-time teacher, researcher and lecturer at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and has been a fellow at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. He is a member of the Board of the German Marshall Fund as well as Strategic Advisor to FIPRA, an international Public Affairs firm headquartered in Brussels.

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Sep 18, 1933
Salt Lake City
Also known as
  • Robert Bennett
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • United States of America
  • University of Utah

on July 23, 2013


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