Bob Bennett (politician)

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Bob Bennett
Bob Bennett official portrait, 2009.jpg
United States Senator
from Utah
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byJake Garn
Succeeded byMike Lee
Personal details
Robert Foster Bennett

(1933-09-18)September 18, 1933
Salt Lake City, Utah
DiedMay 4, 2016(2016-05-04) (aged 82)
Arlington, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joyce McKay
ChildrenJulie Bennett
Robert Bennett
James Bennett
Wendy Bennett
Heather Bennett
Heidi Bennett
Alma materUniversity of Utah (B.S., 1957)
OccupationPublic relations consultant
Technology Executive
Military service
Branch/serviceUtah Army National Guard
Years of service1957–1969
UnitChaplain Corps

Robert Foster "Bob" Bennett (September 18, 1933 – May 4, 2016) was an American politician. He is the former United States Senator from Utah serving from January 3, 1993 through January 3, 2011. He was 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 conservative senator for most of his tenure, earning high ratings from conservative activist groups such as the National Rifle Association of America, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and American Conservative Union.[1][2] However, in 2010 Bennett became one of the most prominent targets of the Tea Party Movement, which criticized his support of George W. Bush.[3]

Bennett died on May 4, 2016 at his home Arlington, Virginia after suffering from pancreatic cancer and a stroke.[4] He was 82 years old.

References[change | change source]

  1. Gardner, Amy (May 9, 2010). "Tea party wins victory in Utah as incumbent GOP senator loses bid for nomination". Washington Post. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  2. Zeleny, Jeff (March 25, 2010). "Political Tide Could Wash Away Utah Senator". New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  3. Johnson, Kirk (May 8, 2010). "Utah Delegates Oust Three-Term G.O.P. Senator From Race". New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  4. Thomas Burr (May 4, 2016). "Bob Bennett, longtime Utah senator, dies at 82". Salt Lake City Retrieved May 5, 2016.