List of Mormon members of the United States Congress

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This is a list of Mormons, or members The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) who are serving, or have served, in the United States Congress.

Since Utah's statehood in 1896, many members of LDS Church have been elected to the United States Congress. A majority have been from Utah (the only state with an LDS Church majority), and most of the rest from other states in the American West.

As of 2020, there are ten LDS Church members serving in Congress; four in the Senate and six in the House of Representatives. Eight are members of the Republican Party and two are members of the Democratic Party.

Senate

Senator Party State Term start Term end Ref. Notes
Frank Jenne Cannon.jpg Frank J. Cannon
(1859–1933)
Republican Utah January 22, 1896 March 4, 1899 [1] [note 1]
Reed Smoot, bw photo portrait, Bain News Service.jpg Reed Smoot
(1862–1941)
Republican Utah March 4, 1903 March 4, 1933 [1] [note 2]
Sen. Wm. H. King, Utah LCCN2016845501 (cropped).jpg William H. King
(1863–1949)
Democratic Utah March 4, 1917 January 3, 1941 [1]
Elbert Thomas.jpg Elbert D. Thomas
(1883–1953)
Democratic Utah March 4, 1933 January 3, 1951 [1]
BerkeleyBunker.jpg Berkeley L. Bunker
(1906–1999)
Democratic Nevada November 27, 1940 December 2, 1942 [1]
Orrice Abram, Jr. Murdock.jpg Abe Murdock
(1893–1979)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1941 January 3, 1947 [1]
Arthur Vivian Watkins.jpg Arthur V. Watkins
(1886–1973)
Republican Utah January 3, 1947 January 3, 1959 [1]
Wallace Bennett.jpg Wallace F. Bennett
(1898–1993)
Republican Utah January 3, 1951 December 20, 1974 [1]
Howard Cannon.jpg Howard Cannon
(1912–2002)
Democratic Nevada January 3, 1959 January 3, 1983 [1]
Frank Moss.jpg Frank Moss
(1911–2003)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1959 January 3, 1977 [1]
Jake Garn.jpg Jake Garn
(born 1932)
Republican Utah December 21, 1974 January 3, 1993 [1]
Orrin Hatch official photo.jpg Orrin Hatch
(born 1934)
Republican Utah January 3, 1977 January 3, 2019 [1]
Hawkins, Paula.jpg Paula Hawkins
(1927–2009)
Republican Florida January 1, 1981 January 3, 1987 [1] [note 3]
Harry Reid official portrait 2009 (cropped).jpg Harry Reid
(born 1939)
Democratic Nevada January 3, 1987 January 3, 2017 [1] [note 4]
Robert Foster Bennett, US Senator.jpg Bob Bennett
(1933–2016)
Republican Utah January 3, 1993 January 3, 2011 [1]
Gordon Smith official portrait.jpg Gordon H. Smith
(born 1952)
Republican Oregon January 3, 1997 January 3, 2009 [1]
Mike Crapo Official Photo 110th Congress.jpg Mike Crapo
(born 1951)
Republican Idaho January 3, 1999 Incumbent [1]
Tom Udall official Senate portrait.jpg Tom Udall
(born 1948)
Democratic New Mexico January 3, 2009 Incumbent [1]
Mike Lee, official portrait.jpg Mike Lee
(born 1971)
Republican Utah January 3, 2011 Incumbent [2]
Dean Heller, Official Senate Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Dean Heller
(born 1960)
Republican Nevada May 9, 2011 January 3, 2019 [3]
Jeff Flake, official portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg Jeff Flake
(born 1962)
Republican Arizona January 3, 2013 January 3, 2019 [4]
Mitt Romney official US Senate portrait.jpg Mitt Romney
(born 1947)
Republican Utah January 3, 2019 Incumbent [5]

In addition, Senator Larry Pressler of South Dakota became a Latter-day Saint after his service in Congress.[6] Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona grew up in the Church, but left after graduating from Brigham Young University.[7]

House of Representatives

Representative Party State Term start Term end Ref. Notes
Sen. Wm. H. King, Utah LCCN2016845501 (cropped).jpg William H. King
(1863–1949)
Democratic Utah March 4, 1897 March 3, 1899 [1]
April 2, 1900 March 3, 1901
JosephHowell (cropped).jpg Joseph Howell
(1857–1918)
Republican Utah March 4, 1903 March 3, 1917 [1]
MiltonHWelling (cropped).jpg Milton H. Welling
(1876–1947)
Democratic Utah March 4, 1917 March 3, 1921 [1]
DonBColton.jpg Don B. Colton
(1876–1952)
Republican Utah March 4, 1921 March 3, 1933 [1]
Orrice Abram, Jr. Murdock.jpg Abe Murdock
(1893–1979)
Democratic Utah March 4, 1933 January 3, 1941 [1]
J. Will Robinson (Utah Congressman).jpg J. W. Robinson
(1878–1964)
Democratic Utah March 4, 1933 January 3, 1947 [1]
WalterKGranger.jpg Walter K. Granger
(1888–1978)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1941 January 3, 1953 [1]
BerkeleyBunker.jpg Berkeley L. Bunker
(1906–1999)
Democratic Nevada January 5, 1945 January 5, 1947 [1]
William A. Dawson.jpg William A. Dawson
(1903–1981)
Republican Utah January 3, 1947 January 3, 1949 [1]
January 3, 1953 January 3, 1959
Hamer H. Budge.jpg Hamer H. Budge
(1910–2003)
Republican Idaho January 3, 1951 January 3, 1961 [1]
MOSS, John Emerson (cropped).jpg John E. Moss
(1915–1997)
Democratic California January 3, 1953 December 31, 1978 [1]
Douglas R. Stringfellow, 83rd Congress.jpg Douglas R. Stringfellow
(1922–1966)
Republican Utah January 3, 1953 January 3, 1955 [1]
HAldousDixon.jpg Henry A. Dixon
(1890–1967)
Republican Utah January 3, 1955 January 3, 1961 [1]
Stewart L Udall - 1960s.jpg Stewart Udall
(1920–2010)
Democratic Arizona January 3, 1955 January 18, 1961 [1]
David Sjodahl King circa 1950.jpg David S. King
(1917–2009)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1959 January 3, 1963 [1]
January 3, 1965 January 3, 1967
Ralph R. Harding.jpg Ralph R. Harding
(1929–2006)
Democratic Idaho January 3, 1961 January 3, 1965 [1]
M. Blaine Peterson.png M. Blaine Peterson
(1906–1985)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1961 January 3, 1963 [1]
Morris King Udall (cropped).jpg Mo Udall
(1922–1998)
Democratic Arizona May 2, 1961 May 4, 1991 [1]
LaurenceJBurton.jpg Laurence J. Burton
(1926–2002)
Republican Utah January 3, 1963 January 3, 1971 [1]
Richard T Hanna.png Richard T. Hanna
(1914–2001)
Democratic California January 3, 1963 December 31, 1974 [1]
ShermanPLloyd.jpg Sherman P. Lloyd
(1914–1979)
Republican Utah January 3, 1963 January 3, 1965 [1]
January 3, 1967 January 3, 1973
CLAWSON, Delwin Morgan.jpg Del M. Clawson
(1914–1992)
Republican California June 11, 1963 December 31, 1978 [1]
Kenneth W. Dyal.jpg Kenneth W. Dyal
(1910–1978)
Democratic California January 3, 1965 January 3, 1967 [1]
George V. Hansen.jpg George V. Hansen
(1930–2014)
Republican Idaho January 3, 1965 January 3, 1969 [1]
January 3, 1975 January 3, 1985
Orval H. Hansen.jpg Orval H. Hansen
(1910–2003)
Republican Idaho January 3, 1969 January 3, 1975 [1]
K. Gunn McKay.jpg K. Gunn McKay
(1925–2000)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1971 January 3, 1981 [1]
Wayne Owens 100th Congress 1987.jpg Wayne Owens
(1937–2002)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1973 January 3, 1975 [1]
January 3, 1987 January 3, 1993
Clair Burgener.jpg Clair Burgener
(1921–2006)
Republican California January 3, 1973 January 3, 1983 [1]
Allan Howe.jpg Allan Turner Howe
(1927–2000)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1975 January 3, 1977 [1]
CecilHeftel.jpg Cecil Heftel
(1924–2010)
Democratic Hawaii January 3, 1977 July 11, 1986 [1]
MARRIOTT, David Daniel.jpg David Daniel Marriott
(born 1939)
Republican Utah January 3, 1977 January 3, 1985 [1]
Norman D. Shumway.jpg Norman D. Shumway
(born 1934)
Republican California January 3, 1979 January 3, 1991 [1]
Jameshansen.jpg James V. Hansen
(1932–2018)
Republican Utah January 3, 1981 January 3, 2003 [1]
Howard C. Nielson.jpg Howard C. Nielson
(1924–2020)
Republican Utah January 3, 1983 January 3, 1991 [1]
PACKARD, Ronald C.jpg Ron Packard
(born 1931)
Republican California January 3, 1983 January 3, 2001 [1]
Rep Harry Reid.jpg Harry Reid
(born 1939)
Democratic Nevada January 3, 1983 January 3, 1987 [1]
David Smith Monson.jpg David Smith Monson
(born 1945)
Republican Utah January 3, 1985 January 3, 1987 [1]
Richard H. Stallings.jpg Richard H. Stallings
(1929–2006)
Democratic Idaho January 3, 1985 January 3, 1993 [1]
Wally Herger.jpg Wally Herger
(born 1945)
Republican California January 3, 1987 January 3, 2013 [1]
John Doolittle.jpg John Doolittle
(born 1950)
Republican California January 3, 1991 January 3, 2009 [1]
ORTON, William.jpg Bill Orton
(1948–2009)
Democratic Utah January 3, 1991 January 3, 1997 [1]
Richard Swett.jpg Dick Swett
(born 1957)
Democratic New Hampshire January 3, 1991 January 3, 1995 [1] [note 5]
Mike Crapo Official Photo 110th Congress.jpg Mike Crapo
(born 1951)
Republican Idaho January 3, 1993 January 3, 1999 [1]
ErnestIstook.jpg Ernest Istook
(born 1950)
Republican Oklahoma January 3, 1993 January 3, 2007 [1]
Buck McKeon 2011.jpeg Buck McKeon
(born 1938)
Republican California January 3, 1993 January 3, 2015 [1]
Enid G. Mickelsen.jpg Enid Greene Waldholtz
(born 1958)
Republican Utah January 3, 1995 January 3, 1997 [1]
Matt Salmon, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Matt Salmon
(born 1958)
Republican Arizona January 3, 1995 January 3, 2001 [1]
January 3, 2013 January 3, 2017
Chris Cannon, official 110th Congress photo.jpg Chris Cannon
(born 1950)
Republican Utah January 3, 1997 January 3, 2009 [1]
Merrillcook.jpg Merrill Cook
(born 1946)
Republican Utah January 3, 1997 January 3, 2001 [1]
Mike Simpson official portrait.jpg Mike Simpson
(born 1950)
Republican Idaho January 3, 1999 Incumbent [1]
Tom Udall official Senate portrait.jpg Tom Udall
(born 1948)
Democratic New Mexico January 3, 1999 January 3, 2009 [1]
Jeff Flake, official portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg Jeff Flake
(born 1962)
Republican Arizona January 3, 2001 January 3, 2013 [4]
Mathesonbio.jpg Jim Matheson
(born 1960)
Democratic Utah January 3, 2001 January 3, 2015 [8]
Rob Bishop Official (Utah politician).jpg Rob Bishop
(born 1951)
Republican Utah January 3, 2003 Incumbent [9]
Dean Heller, Official Senate Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Dean Heller
(born 1960)
Republican Nevada January 3, 2007 May 9, 2011 [3]
Jason Chaffetz, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg Jason Chaffetz
(born 1967)
Republican Utah January 3, 2009 June 30, 2017 [10]
Raul Labrador 115th.jpg Raúl Labrador
(born 1967)
Republican Idaho January 3, 2011 January 3, 2019 [11] [note 6]
Chris Stewart official photo.jpg Chris Stewart
(born 1960)
Republican Utah January 3, 2013 Incumbent [9]
Curt Clawson.jpg Curt Clawson
(born 1959)
Republican Florida June 24, 2014 January 3, 2017 [12]
2015-01-08 OfficialPhoto RepCresentHardy NV04.jpg Cresent Hardy
(born 1957)
Republican Nevada January 3, 2015 January 3, 2017 [13]
Mia Love Congressional Photo.jpg Mia Love
(born 1975)
Republican Utah January 3, 2015 January 3, 2019 [9] [note 7]
Andy Biggs official portrait.jpg Andy Biggs
(born 1958)
Republican Arizona January 3, 2017 Incumbent [9]
John Curtis portrait 115th Congress (cropped1).jpg John Curtis
(born 1960)
Republican Utah November 13, 2017 Incumbent [9]
Ben McAdams, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Ben McAdams
(born 1974)
Democratic Utah January 3, 2019 Incumbent [9]

Former Representatives Jim Gibbons of Nevada and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona grew up in the Church, but left as adults.[1][7] In addition, B. H. Roberts was elected to the House from Utah in 1898, but was not seated because of his practice of polygamy.[14]

Territorial delegates

Delegate Party Territory Term start Term end Ref. Notes
John Milton Bernhisel.jpg John M. Bernhisel
(1799–1881)
Independent Utah Territory March 4, 1851 March 3, 1859 [1]
William Henry Hooper.jpg William H. Hooper
(1813–1882)
Democratic Utah Territory March 4, 1859 March 3, 1861 [1]
George Q. Cannon - Brady-Handy.jpg George Q. Cannon
(1827–1901)
Republican Utah Territory March 4, 1873 February 25, 1882 [1] [note 8]
John Thomas Caine.jpg John T. Caine
(1829–1911)
Democratic Utah Territory November 7, 1882 March 3, 1893 [1]
Frank Jenne Cannon.jpg Frank J. Cannon
(1859–1933)
Republican Utah Territory March 4, 1895 January 4, 1896 [1]
Congressman Eni Faleomavaega.jpg Eni Faleomavaega
(1943–2017)
Democratic American Samoa January 3, 1989 January 3, 2015 [1]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Later excommunicated from the Church.
  2. ^ Also served on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
  3. ^ First Mormon woman to serve in Congress. First Mormon elected to the Senate (and Congress) from east of the Mississippi River.
  4. ^ First Mormon convert to serve in the Senate.
  5. ^ First Mormon elected to the House from a state east of the Mississippi River.
  6. ^ First Hispanic Mormon to serve in Congress.
  7. ^ First black Mormon to serve in Congress.
  8. ^ Also served on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as First Counselor in the First Presidency.

References

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  4. ^ a b Lynch, Michael W. (February 2001). Reason Magazine, Soundbite: The Missionary's Positions Consulted on July 28, 2007.
  5. ^ Miroff, Nick (July 21, 2011). "In besieged Mormon colony, Mitt Romney's Mexican roots". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Shill, Aaron (April 21, 2015). "Spiritual journey leads 3-term U.S. senator to LDS Church". Deseret News. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Roig-Franzia, Manuel. "Congress' first openly bisexual member grew up Mormon, graduated from Brigham Young University". Standard Examiner. Archived from the original on November 22, 2015. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Jerry Spangler (January 31, 2005). "Mormon Democrats link up in Congress". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved November 9, 2006.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Swensen, Jason (January 28, 2019). "U.S. Congress Includes 10 Latter-day Saints—the Fewest Number in a Decade". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Goldberg, J. J. (January 15, 2010). "Meet Jewish Senators 14, 15 – and 16? Plus: the House GOP's Jewish Mormon". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  11. ^ Weaver, Sara Jane (January 8, 2011). "15 Mormons serving in U.S. Congress". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
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  13. ^ Phillips, Amber (January 29, 2015). "Sen. Dean Heller says Mormon church has always preached equal rights". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  14. ^ Roberts, Brigham H (1965). A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 6. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press. ISBN 0-8425-0482-6.
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