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Prominent Mormons in politics and government

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 1:39 a.m. MDT

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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.
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Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Pretty good list.
As noted, well more than 1/2 were progressive Liberals for their time.

dumprake
Washington, UT

Problem is...there are no good Democrats left in this country.

Mark from Montana
Aurora, CO

Some of these are more infamous than 'well known'.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

The Democrats of their day, McKay, Faust, ect. were members of a party that is totally different from todays Democrat Party. You ask any of those Democrats in their time about such issues as abortion, same-sex marriage, debt, welfare, ect. and they would have sounded much more like todays Republicans than todays Democrats.

Daniel Leifker
San Francisco, CA

Wow, I didn't know that about Bay Buchanan or Eldridge Cleaver. Nor did I know that Mr. Cleaver became a conservative Republican in later life. In any case, don't forget Reed Smoot, whose tariff law aggravated the Great Depression (or so I have read).

cbm
Salt Lake City, UT

To happy2behere: some of us still are.

malquist
Bakersfield, CA

One notable left off the list is N Eldon Tanner for his political accomplishments in Canada.

SamSmith
Bronx, NY

Pres. J. Reuben Clark was an attorney in the State Department and an ambassador to Mexico, not political positions. He never ran for anything.

Pres. Ezra Taft Benson was never elected to anything. Not very political.

Well, yes, Pres. Faust was in the UT legislature but you'd be hard pressed to find very many UT legislators who aren't Mormon.

Terrel Bell, cabinet members are not elected, not political.

Eldridge Cleaver went inactive and became an Evangelical Protestant.

Martha Hughes Cannon, see Pres. Faust above.

Marriner Stoddard Eccles, head of the Federal Reserve is by law apolitical.

Mo Udall was Mormon is name only.

So not 20 in the article only, 12. Not to mention some real Mormon politicians were left off.

Not a very good effort DesNews.

teeoh
Anytown, KY

@SamSmith,

I’m not sure why you felt the need to trash the article. The article title says ” Prominent Mormons in politics and government,” not “Prominent Active Mormons elected to political positions.”

ECR
Burke, VA

Ralph Harding, a faithful member of the church, served as a Congressman from Idaho in the 60's and ran for the Senate against Len Jordan. Ezra Taft Benson campaigned against Harding, because Harding, a Democrat, went on the House floor and challenged the then popular notion that all Mormons were members of the John Birch Society.

Law1776
Houston, TX

I have to add my Great-Grandfather to the list. David M. Kennedy was Secretary of the Treasury under Nixon, and later served as US ambassador to NATO. Later in life he served as a special representative of the First Presidency to the world. The BYU center for International Studies is named after him.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

I appreciate SamSmith's research and contribution to the discussion. I am not sure what the purpose of the article or list was.

When I was younger there seemed to be a hunger to identify or single out anyone with some degree of fame (for want of a better word) who was even remotely connected to the Church or Utah. Why this was I could not really understand.

A problem with such lists is that there might be other candidates for inclusion that are excluded and we are left to wonder what the criteria for inclusion were. David M. Kennedy is one example as previously mentioned.

This is a nice puff piece but I am still wondering what the "news" in this article is.

SamSmith
Bronx, NY

Thanks for mentioning David M. Kennedy. He was very well respected by my Grandfather and his community. And had a very dignified career. But I'm not sure he would qualify for this list ;)

JT4
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with SamSmith. If the idea is to identify Mormons in politics, I'm fairly certain it is to identify those who represented the LDS Church reasonably well in their dealings. There were actually several "Mormons" in the Reagan Administration, if you count those who had little to do with the Church, including one in this article that SamSmith didn't mention.

Nanook of the North
Phoenix, AZ

What James E. Faust said is as true now as it was then. Proof can be found in the extremism of Utah's elected representatives in DC, especially Mike Lee, a key player in the seditious actions of the Tea Party Republicans who will wreck the nation if they don't get their way. Mormon voters need to stop demonizing the Democratic Party; it ain't perfect, that's for sure, but still.... When I read the Book of Mormon, I note that whenever the Nephites are threatened by anything other than the Lamanites, the threats are things like Gadianton robbers (greedy people who wanted to hoard the Nephites' wealth all for themselves), secret combinations (like the organizations which peddle lies to Americans and try to hide which of the rich plutocrats are funding their lies), or "king-men" (like the Southerners in the Tea Party who think they should be in charge "just because", and who don't give a fig for democracy or the Constitution). As evil as needless abortions and sex outside of marriage may be, the actions of the Tea Party extremists have caused far more evil and suffering in this nation than the Dems could ever hope to.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

What about Brent Scowcroft, from Ogden, National Security Advisor to Pres. Gerald Ford and H.W. Bush?

Seems like a pretty big ommission to me. I'm pretty sure he is or was Mormon.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

too bad the number one name on the list is the biggest stumbling blick to anything getting done in congress, that he is the one more responsible for the government shut-down than anyone other than perhaps BO himself.

colleen peters
Portage, MI

You forgot two:Reva Beck Bosone, a Congress woman in forties and fifties, former judge in SL and also Ut. State Supreme Justice George W. Latimer who was one of the first of three judges to serve on the U.S. Court of Military Appeals from 1951 for 10 years in Washington, D.C.

VA Saint
Chester, VA

Nanook, there is nothing 'extreme' about the Tea Party, unless you identify less government and personal accountability as 'extreme.'

Mortoon
Idaho Falls, ID

Harry Reid is an embarrassment to his state, religion and nation. Not a guy to ever brag about!

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Yeah, good old Harry Reid. His latest accomplishment: The Harry/Barry shutdown of government because they couldn't get blanket carte blanche on spending us further into oblivion with their amazing "health care" piece of legislation.

JustTheTruthMan
bountiful, ut

I believe a more fitting headline for this story is Prominent Politicians and Government Officials with LDS Roots... For I do not see Harry Ried's actions as being evidence of prominence within his claimed religion. When I see him I do not glory in his association with the church. I ponder instead of why can't he wear his religion on his shirt better while in Washington?

A1994
Centerville, UT

Harry Reid seems so angry almost all of the time.

abtrumpet
Provo, UT

@SamSmith:
I think you may have gotten it wrong about Cleaver. I believe he became an Evangelical first and then became Mormon until his death. Here is something that would need more evidence, I think.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I'm proud to call Harry Reid a brother. He's a man of high principle who stands for environmental protection, fair access to health care, and helping the needy. He represents LDS values beautifully.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:happy2bhere

Very good point. I think back to Jack Kennedy for example in the 1960's and he would most likely be a moderate Republican today. Today's Democrats - for the most part at the national level - are radicals and not just liberals. Big difference.

TMR
Los Angeles, CA

Senator Harry Reid is a good man. He is a credit to his religion and a productive foil to the angry right wing.

airnaut
Everett, 00

TMR

Los Angeles, CA

Senator Harry Reid is a good man. He is a credit to his religion and a productive foil to the angry right wing.
12:04 p.m. Oct. 13, 2013

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AMEN!

The last time a Mormon prophet told members how to vote, it was Brigham Young assigning members to be DEMOCRATS.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

The tea party wants to eliminate the EPA. That would give business a free reign to pollute at will. Sounds extreme to me. airnaut. I believe Pres. Grant was guilty of getting involved in politics. And what about President Benson's infamous quote that you can't be a good Democrat and be a good church member. That was a few years back when there wasn't as much difference between the parties.

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

Senator Harry Reid, you are a great American. I am so proud that you represent your state and your Church with character and dignity. I wish you represented the state of Utah. We need more good LDS men of character, compassion and courage like you in Congress. When will more sensible and inspired citizens like Senator Reid step up to the plate for this country. God Bless you Senator Reid - keep up the good work!

A1994
Centerville, UT

Harry Reid on George W. Bush. "I think this guy is a loser." Way to represent the LDS religion. Harry Reid is a Democrat Politician first, foremost, and always. I have never seen him offer a tone of compromise or reconciliation.

True Blue SEoul
Orem, UT

Any of you who say that Harry Reid and President Obama are responsible for the government shut down need to stop using illicit drugs and go speak to your bishops about such use. If you are not paying enough attention to the situation to understand that this has been caused by a few radicals in the tea-party and how they hold John Boehnor hostage, than i is not possible to convince you that you are wrong. However, just know that all the polls now show you are in the very small minority in your opinion.
As for Harry Reid, any of you who say he is not a good Mormon ought to be ashamed of yourselves. To judge his merits as a church member because of your own political views is in and of itself un-Mormon and un-Christlike. Harry Reid keeps a Book of Mormon in his office right next to the senate to give to anyone interested, and he apparently has given out many. When was the last time you handed out Books of Mormon? Whether or not Harry Reid is a good church member is between him and God. Go remove the beams from your own eyes first…

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

For you Harry Reid 'haters':

Harry Reid shows more compassion to his fellow men than most. His desire to help people get and keep health care benefits is noble. Why he gets 'beat up' for that is beyond me. I guess my defenition of being a good Christian, is different than some of you. I can't understand why any decent person would be against every human receiving the best possible medical care. You should not have to be rich to enjoy the advances of medicine.

The Tea Party people care about policies, while the rest of the political world (Dem's and most 'regular' Republicans) care about people.

I'm surprised members of the 'Christian' community are not more upset with others, such as Senator Mike Lee, for showing such little regard to the needs of our fellow men. Yes, he pushes for spending cuts, which is financially good, but the cost in terms of the human toll is too high for me.

michael.jensen369
Lethbridge, 00

I find it ironic, that very few of the comments on this page, are kind, respectful, tolerant, or even completely accurate. To combine my religious faith, with bipartisan bickering, is a joke, and it isn't right. The Lord's primary concern is our covenants with Him, not our political views. He is more concerned with our spiritual and moral development and uprightness, than our opinions about healthcare or the economy. The point of this list was to inform the readers of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who have served in government and civic positions. That's it. Full stop. Period. End of sentence. I don't understand why some people thrive on discontent, mean spirited criticism, and contention. In such a scenario, everybody loses, and everybody goes home having learned nothing, except that the DN's comment section is a great place to participate in a doctrinal/political/religious mudfight. I have seen so many rude comments on these comment spaces, I honestly don't know why the moderators allow such snarky and rude comments. It is acceptable to disagree, but it is unacceptable to be disagreeable.

DBreit1
Lehi, UT

The Tea Party did NOT move to shut down the government (as you said about Sen. Mike Lee) - the GOP House budget funded the ENTIRE government EXCEPT Obamacare.... Obama, Reid, and the Democrats refused to accept the budget and force the shutdown showdown...

abtrumpet
Provo, UT

Michael.jenson - Nice comment. I don't really even know why comment columns exist. Or why I read or add to them.

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