Mormons in politics have received a great deal of attention thanks to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. However, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been serving in Congress for decades as district representatives and committee members. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Mormons represent a range of states, political views and interests. Related list: Mormons serving in the Senate (112th Congress)
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has held his seat in Utah's 1st Congressional district in the House of Representatives since 2002 and has never faced a significant challenge for his position. Bishop served as a member of the Utah State House of Representatives and was House Majority Leader and later served as Speaker of the House. He is a member of the Tea Party.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, presides over Utah's 3rd Congressional district. He is the former chief of staff to former Utah governor John Huntsman. Since taking office, Chaffetz has sponsored bills such as the Consumer Debit Card Protection Act, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 and the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Transparency Act of 2011.
Born and raised in Arizona, Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., attended Brigham Young University before taking office in Arizona's 6th Congressional district in 2001. His hometown of Snowflake, Ariz., was named for his great-great-grandfather who was a Mormon pioneer to Arizona. He is currently running for a seat in the United States Senate.
Rep. Wally Herger, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and currently serves California's 2nd Congressional district. He also sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and is the chairman of the Human Resources Subcommittee where he helped write the Republican welfare law in 1996 to increase work requirements for recipients.
Freshman U.S. Representative and Tea Party favorite Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is originally from Puerto Rico and has a passion for helping bring prosperity to the Latino community. As a hard-line Republican, Labrador has made a name for himself for his attempts to block almost all initiatives from President Obama.
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, has represented Utah's 2nd Congressional district for six terms, and even though he is a Democrat, he serves one of the most Republican districts in the U.S. He has opted this year to seek election to the newly created 4th district. He is currently being challenged by conservative Republican Mia Love, who is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As the representative for California's 25th Congressional district, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., has focused heavily on the needs of the U.S. military and was recently named chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He attended Brigham Young University; however, he left college without graduating and didn't complete his degree until three decades later, when he graduated with his daughter.
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, was a dentist for a number of years before pursuing a career in politics. Currently, he represents Idaho's 2nd Congressional district and is a leading advocate for new energy policy and research and development for improved nuclear energy technologies.