Bob Bennett (politician)
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Jake Garn|
|Succeeded by||Mike Lee|
Robert Foster Bennett
September 18, 1933
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Died||May 4, 2016 (aged 82)|
|Alma mater||University of Utah (B.S., 1957)|
|Occupation||Public relations consultant|
|Branch/service||Utah Army National Guard|
|Years of service||1957–1969|
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. However, in 2010 Bennett became one of the most prominent targets of the Tea Party Movement, which criticized his support of George W. Bush.
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- 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.
- Zeleny, Jeff (March 25, 2010). "Political Tide Could Wash Away Utah Senator". New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- Johnson, Kirk (May 8, 2010). "Utah Delegates Oust Three-Term G.O.P. Senator From Race". New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- Thomas Burr (May 4, 2016). "Bob Bennett, longtime Utah senator, dies at 82". Salt Lake City Tribune.com. Retrieved May 5, 2016.