From state governors to a Senate Majority Leader, Mormons have had held their fair share of political offices.
Here is a list of 20 of the most prominent Mormon leaders in politics.
Sen. Reid, D-Nev., is best known for his role as Senate Majority Leader since 2007, as well as being an outspoken member of the Democratic Party.
Reid has attained the highest level of elected office of any Mormon politician.
Having served as Utah's senator for 36 years, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is currently one of the longest serving politicians in the Senate.
Over the years he has held several positions, including chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2003-2005. He is currently on the Senate Finance Committee.
As a proud member of the tea party, the freshman senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, has often championed tea party causes on the national stage. Recently he played a prominent role in the tea party's move to shut down the federal government over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Leavitt served as the 14th Governor of Utah from 1993-2003. One of only two governors to be voted into a third term in Utah, he resigned in 2003 after President George W. Bush nominated him for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He also went on to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2005-2009.
Noted in the Mormon church for being appointed a member of the First Presidency without first being an apostle, Clark was noted as a politician for serving the nation as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1930-33 and the Under-Secretary of State for President Calvin Coolidge in 1928.
Before he was the 13th president of the LDS Church, Benson was an outspoken conservative, and served under President Dwight Eisenhower as the Secretary of Agriculture.
An LDS Apostle for 29 years, Faust was also a Democrat in the Utah House of Representatives. He is noted for supporting a strong two-party system and urging members to run for office. "It is in the interest of the Church to have a two-party system . . . . Both locally and nationally, the interest of the Church and its members are served when we have two good men or women running on each ticket, and then no matter who is elected, we win."
The last Utah Democratic senator, Frank Moss served from 1959-1977 before losing to Orrin Hatch.
While serving in the Senate, he was one of the original supporters of the Medicaid program to help provide health insurance to the poor. He also served as chairman for the U.S. Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences.
The former governor of Massachusetts and Republican nominee for president has perhaps done more than any other figure to bring Mormonism into the public debate. Some consider the Republicans' acceptance of Romney as their potential president to be a major "Mormon Moment" in America.
Mitt Romney's father was governor of Michigan from 1963-69, after which he accepted the role of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan, Bell was the last member of Reagan's cabinet chosen.
Today the Terrel H. Bell Award is given to "outstanding school leaders" for "the vital role they play in overcoming challenging circumstances."
An early member of the Black Panthers, Cleaver spent much of the 60's in prison for his radical activities, and several years in exile in Cuba where he continued to write politically inflammatory things. After returning to the states however, he sought out religion and became an active member of the LDS Church.
A member of the Conservative Party in Canada, Hill (Member of Parliament) served as the interim leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons in 2004.
Buchanan served as President Ronald Reagan's Treasurer of the United States from 1981-83. Her name appeared on the nation's currency printed during those years. She is now a prominent conservative commentator.
After running for Congress unsuccessfully, Ivy Baker Priest served as the Treasurer of the United States for the entirety of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency. Her name appears on the currency printed during that time period.
The first female state senator in United States history, Cannon (D-Salt Lake County) beat her own husband in order to win her seat in 1896. She was a noted advocate of healthcare reforms.
Serving from 1958-1983, Cannon (D-Nev.) has some of the closest senatorial race victories in history under his belt (he won his first re-election in 1964 by just 48 votes!). Cannon was a noted moderate in the Democratic Party at the time and a strong supporter of civil rights.
Huntsman was the 16th governor of Utah from 2004-2009, before accepting an offer to become the United States ambassador to China. He was also the second Mormon candidate in the 2012 GOP preliminary election, before dropping out early in 2012.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under FDR, Eccles oversaw the implementation of key aspects of FDR's New Deal in the midst of the Great Depression and after World War II.
A "Lincolnesque" liberal in the United States House of Representatives, Udall (D-Ariz.) was said to be "too funny to be president," which turned out to be true after he lost the 1976 Democratic nomination to Jimmy Carter. He lost by only 1 percent of the vote.
A major factor in his loss was the Carter campaign's claim that Udall was racist (based on the LDS Church banning blacks from holding the priesthood). The claim was unfair, given Udall's long public disagreement with the policy, but nonetheless it is considered to have harmed his relations with black voters.