Bob Bennett
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Bob Bennett

Republican

American politician (1933-2016)

Salt Lake City, Utah
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Bob Bennett

American politician (1933-2016)
Summary
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Experience
Funding
82
Age at Death1933-2016
18
Years of Experience
UTResidence (state)

Robert Foster Bennett (September 18, 1933 – May 4, 2016) was an American politician and businessman. He was a United States Senator from Utah as 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 served as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focused on budget, energy, and health issues, Bennett was a part-time teacher, researcher, and lecturer at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and was a fellow at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. He was a member of the Board of the German Marshall Fund.

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Experience

Education

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University of Utah
Bachelor of Arts
1956
primary school

Past Positions

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Senator
United States Senate
1992 - 2010
Chief Deputy Majority Whip
United States Senate, present
First Lieutenant
National Guard
1957 - 1961
Chief Congressional Liaison
United States Department of Transportation
Chief Executive Officer
Franklin International Institute

Other Experience

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Chair
Utah Education Strategic Planning Commission
Experience
Senate Reserve Caucus
Experience
United States Capitol Preservation Commission
Experience
Senate Commission on Art
Experience
Senate Humanities Caucus
Experience
Senate Life Insurance Caucus
Experience
Senate Capital Markets Task Force
Experience
Friends of Scotland Caucus
Experience
Air Force Service Academy Board of Visitors
Experience
Western Coalition
Experience
Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus
Experience
Senate Tanker Caucus
Experience
Senate Second Amendment Caucus
Experience
Senate Rural Health Caucus
Experience
Senate Rural Education Caucus
Experience
Senate RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Caucus
Experience
Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force
Experience
Senate Medical Devices Caucus
Experience
Senate Hispanic Conference
Experience
Senate Fatherhood Task Force
Experience
Senate Diabetes Caucus
Experience
Senate Depot Caucus
Experience
Senate Independence for Kosovo Caucus
Experience
Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus
Experience
Senate Army Caucus
Experience
Senate Anti-Terrorism Caucus
Experience
Senate Air Force Caucus
Experience
Senate Aerospace Caucus
Experience
Senate ICBM Caucus
Experience
Congressional Recognition for Excellence in Arts Education (CREATE) Board
Experience
Congressional Internet Caucus
Senate Caucus on Missing
Exploited and Runaway Children

Campaign Funding

2016
2014
20
16
$19,000
Total Raised
$105,827
Total Spent
$0
Cash on Hand
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics