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Robert Bennett

AKA Robert Foster Bennett

Born: 18-Sep-1933
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, UT
Died: 4-May-2016
Location of death: Arlington, VA
Cause of death: Stroke

Gender: Male
Religion: Mormon
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Utah, 1993-2011

Military service: National Guard (1957-61)

Son of four-term US Senator Wallace Bennett (1898-1993). Elected to the Senate in 1992, succeeding Jake Garn. Supported the Iraq war resolution, the PATRIOT Act, the Bush-Cheney Wall Street bailout, and the Obama economic stimulus. Opposed abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, and health care reform legislation. Denied re-nomination for a fourth term in 2010, as conservative "Tea Party" activists dominated the Republican state convention. Succeeded in the Senate by Michael S. Lee.

At least peripherally involved in the Watergate scandal. Operated a public relations firm at the time, which represented Howard Hughes, employed E. Howard Hunt, and advised the Nixon White House.

Grandson of Heber Grant (1856-1945), president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1918-1945. Bennett's wife, the former Joyce McKay, is the granddaughter of David Oman McKay (1873-1970), LDS president from 1951-70.

Father: Wallace Foster Bennett (former US Senator)
Mother: Frances Marion Grant
Sister: Frances Jeppson
Brother: Wallace G. Bennett
Wife: Joyce McKay (m. 1962, until his death, two sons, four daughters)
Son: James
Daughter: Julie
Son: Robert
Daughter: Wendy
Daughter: Heather
Daughter: Heidi

    High School: East High School, Salt Lake City, UT
    University: BA Political Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (1957)

    US Senator, Utah (1993-2011)
    Franklin Quest CEO (1984-92)
    US Official Congressional Liaison, US Dept. of Transportation (1969-70)
    Watergate Scandal candidate for Deep Throat
    Funeral: Gordon Hinckley (2008)
    J. C. Penney Washington lobbyist (3 years)
    Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
    National Council on the Arts Ex-Officio
    National Student Leadership Conference Honorary Board of Advisors
    Republican Leadership Council Advisory Board
    Romney for President
    Funeral: Richard Nixon (1994)
    Risk Factors: Pancreatic Cancer

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