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Utah's Power Players: 1 - 20

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 12:36 p.m. MDT

TOP TEN

1 — LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, 90. Became church president in 1995 after 14 years in the church's First Presidency. In the Quorum of The Twelve since 1961. Worked as a church employee or a general authority since 1935.

2 — Gov. Mike Leavitt, 50. Only the second Utah governor to be elected to a third term. First elected in 1992. Previous experience: CEO of family insurance company, The Leavitt Group. Part-time political consultant to U.S. senators, governors and President Ronald Reagan.

3 — Jon M. Huntsman Sr., 63. Chairman and principal owner of Huntsman Corp., the largest privately held petrochemical corporation in the world. Philanthropist, giving $350 million to Utah-based charities. Founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah Medical Center.

4 — U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, 67. Utah's senior senator, first elected in 1976. Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican presidential candidate in 2000. Previous experience: labor and corporate attorney. Raised in Pittsburgh, educated at BYU.

5 — Larry Miller, 57. Owner of 38 car dealerships in the West. Owner of the Utah Jazz, Delta Center and Jordan Commons.
Also listed as No. 1 dealmaker in the state in newspaper study.

6 — Spencer Eccles, 66. Former chairman of First Security Bank, at one time the largest bank in Utah. Now Western states chairman of Wells Fargo Bank. Philanthropist through various Eccles family foundations. SLOC board member.

7 — Mitt Romney, 54. President of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Previous experience: founded and ran Bain Capital in Boston, a $15 billion venture capital firm. Republican U.S. Senate candidate against Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994. Possible Massachusetts GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002.

8 — Utah House Speaker Marty Stephens, 46. Starting his second, two-year term as speaker; 12-year GOP veteran of the House. Current and previous experience: manager at Zions Bank, real estate and insurance sales.

9 — Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson, 49. Entering his second full year as mayor. Previous experience: as a Democrat, lost the 1996 2nd Congressional District race; longtime trial attorney and community activist.

10 — Jan Graham, 51. Former Democratic Utah attorney general; retired in 2000. Led the state's legal fight against tobacco companies and fought against child and spouse abuse.

NUMBERS 11-20 IN NO RANKED ORDER

Lane Beattie, 49. Utah State Olympic Officer. Before taking that job was the president of the Utah State Senate for six years. Was a real estate broker and developer before taking the state Olympic job.

U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, 67. First elected in 1992, now in his second term. Previous experience: staff member to his father, former U.S. Sen. Wallace F. Bennett; U.S. Transportation Department top official in Nixon White House; D.C. lobbyist; Howard Hughes top executive; CEO of Franklin Covey.

Kem Gardner, 58. President of The Boyer Co., one of the state's largest developers, currently building the Gateway project in Salt Lake City. His firm has built more than 11 million square feet of commercial development, including special projects like the Huntsman Cancer Institute. 1984 Democratic candidate for governor.

Earl Holding, 74. Owner of Sinclair Oil, Little America hotels, Snowbasin and Sun Valley ski resorts and several ranches. Holding just opened his new $180 million hotel across Main Street from his well-known Little America. Former SLOC board member.

Jim Jardine, 54. Managing director at the law firm of Ray, Quinney and Nebeker. A University of Utah graduate, Jardine graduated from Harvard Law School and was a special assistant to the attorney general of the United States before returning to Utah to start his private practice. Board of Regents member. SLOC attorney.

Charlie Johnson, 64. Chairman of the Utah Board of Regents. Just took a new job as a top aide to Jon Huntsman Sr. — president of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and vice president of Huntsman Corp. A close adviser to two governors as Mike Leavitt's former chief of staff and Norm Bangerter's budget director. Was a CPA in private practice before joining Bangerter's administration.

Bernie Machen, 57. Became University of Utah president in January 1998. A dentist by profession, Machen received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, was associate dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina and then provost at the University of Michigan before coming to the U.

President Thomas S. Monson, 73. President Monson, a former Deseret News employee, entered the Quorum of the Twelve of the LDS Church in 1963. Has been in the First Presidency for various church presidents since 1985. He is next in line for the church presidency.

Gayle Ruzicka, 59. President of Utah Eagle Forum, a conservative, citizen pro-family group. Unpaid lobbyist extraordinaire. Also listed as No. 1 dealbreaker in the state in newspaper study.

Bud Scruggs, 43. Chairman of Ian Cumming's American Investment Bank and vice president of Leucadia National Corp. Scruggs was a longtime GOP activist. He served as chief of staff to former Gov. Norm Bangerter, was a political science professor at BYU and operated a Republican campaign consulting firm with Gov. Mike Leavitt. Deseret News board member.

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