Robert Bennett

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Robert Foster "Bob" Bennett was the Junior Senator for the state of Utah from 1993 to 2011. He is a Republican. (map)


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 75 - 18/25 not avail.
AFSCME 0 - 0/7 not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 15 - 3/20 15 - 3/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council 88 - 8/9 88 - 8/9
Information Technology Industry Council 100 - 5/5 100 - 5/5
League of Conservation Voters not avail. 18 - 2/11
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 100 - 11/11 not avail.

Iraq War

Bennett voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Lobbying reform

On January 18, 2007, Sen. Bennett introduced an amendment (S.Amdt.20) to the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 (S.1.) that struck Section 220 from the bill, a measure that contained grassroots/astroturf lobbying disclosure provisions for organizations that spend more than $25,000 quarterly. The amendment passed 55-43, successfully removing the astroturf provision.

Main article: Grassroots and astroturf lobbying legislation

Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Bennett cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[1]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


Born September 18, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bennett was the son of U.S. Senator Wallace Foster Bennett and the grandson of Mormon church president Heber J. Grant. He attended Utah public schools and received a B.S. from the University of Utah in 1957.

He was a chaplain in the Army National Guard from 1957 to 1969, when he entered public service as congressional liaision of the United States Department of Transportation, serving from 1969 to 1970. That year he became president of Robert Mullen Associates, a Washington, D.C. public relations firm that was a front for the Central Intelligence Agency. Because his company employed Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt, he was suspected of being Woodward and Bernstein's source Deep Throat.

In 1974, he became the public relations director for billionaire Howard Hughes's holding company, Summa Corporation, working there until 1978 when he became president of Osmond Communications. In 1979, he went into computers, first as chairman of American Computers Corporation, then as president of Microsonics Corporation from 1981 to 1984. In 1984, he was named CEO of Franklin Quest, the maker of organizers and appointment books.

A Senate seat opened up in 1992, when Jake Garn, who hated Washington and made no secret of it, refused to run for a fourth term. Bennett was narrowly elected (51%) to the Senate in 1992, his opponent being another millionaire with famous forebears. He was re-elected in 1998 and 2004. His Democratic opponent in 2004 was Paul Van Dam and Bennett won by a vote of 68%-29%.

Bennett currently serves as the Deputy Republican Whip.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Robert Bennett. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 330 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-6190 Fax: 202-226-1528
    Webform email
District offices
  • 2390 West Highway 56, Suite 4B, Cedar City, UT 84720
    Ph: 435-865-1335 Fax: (none entered)
  • 324 25th Street, Suite 1410, Ogden, UT 84401-2310
    Ph: 801-625-5676 Fax: (none entered)
  • Old Courthouse Building, 51 South University Avenue, Suite 310, Provo, UT 84601-4424
    Ph: 801-851-2525 Fax: (none entered)
  • 196 East Tabernacle, Suite 42, Saint George, UT 84770-3474
    Ph: 435-628-5514 Fax: (none entered)
  • Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 South State Street, Suite 4225, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1188
    Ph: 801-524-5933 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
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