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 admittance to the Union in 1896, many members of the 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 2021, there are nine LDS Church members serving in Congress; three in the Senate and six in the House of Representatives. All nine are members of the Republican Party.

Senate[edit]

In addition to the senators below, Senator Larry Pressler of South Dakota joined the LDS Church after his service in Congress.[1] Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona grew up in the LDS Church, but left after graduating from Brigham Young University.[2]

Senator Party State Term Notes
Start End
Frank Jenne Cannon.jpg Frank J. Cannon Republican Utah January 22, 1896 March 4, 1899 [3]
Reed Smoot, bw photo portrait, Bain News Service.jpg Reed Smoot Republican Utah March 4, 1903 March 4, 1933 Also served on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.[3]
Sen. Wm. H. King, Utah LCCN2016845501 (cropped).jpg William H. King Democratic Utah March 4, 1917 January 3, 1941 [3]
Elbert Thomas.jpg Elbert D. Thomas Democratic Utah March 4, 1933 January 3, 1951 [3]
BerkeleyBunker.jpg Berkeley L. Bunker Democratic Nevada November 27, 1940 December 2, 1942 [3]
Orrice Abram, Jr. Murdock.jpg Orrice Abram Murdock Jr. Democratic Utah January 3, 1941 January 3, 1947 [3]
Arthur Vivian Watkins.jpg Arthur Vivian Watkins Republican Utah January 3, 1947 January 3, 1959 [3]
Wallace Bennett.jpg Wallace F. Bennett Republican Utah January 3, 1951 December 20, 1974 [3]
Howard Cannon.jpg Howard Cannon Democratic Nevada January 3, 1959 January 3, 1983 [3]
Frank Moss.jpg Frank Moss Democratic Utah January 3, 1959 January 3, 1977 [3]
Jake Garn.jpg Jake Garn Republican Utah December 21, 1974 January 3, 1993 [3]
Orrin Hatch official photo.jpg Orrin Hatch Republican Utah January 3, 1977 January 3, 2019 [3]
Hawkins, Paula.jpg Paula Hawkins Republican Florida January 1, 1981 January 3, 1987 First Mormon woman and first Mormon from east of the Mississippi River to serve in Congress.[3]
Harry Reid official portrait 2009 (cropped).jpg Harry Reid Democratic Nevada January 3, 1987 January 3, 2017 First Mormon convert to serve in the Senate.[3]
Robert Foster Bennett, US Senator.jpg Bob Bennett Republican Utah January 3, 1993 January 3, 2011 [3]
Gordon Smith official portrait.jpg Gordon H. Smith Republican Oregon January 3, 1997 January 3, 2009 [3]
Mike Crapo Official Photo 110th Congress.jpg Mike Crapo Republican Idaho January 3, 1999 Incumbent [3]
Tom Udall official Senate portrait.jpg Tom Udall Democratic New Mexico January 3, 2009 January 3, 2021 [3]
Mike Lee, official portrait.jpg Mike Lee Republican Utah January 3, 2011 Incumbent [4]
Dean Heller, Official Senate Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Dean Heller Republican Nevada May 9, 2011 January 3, 2019 [5]
Jeff Flake, official portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg Jeff Flake Republican Arizona January 3, 2013 January 3, 2019 [6]
Mitt Romney official US Senate portrait.jpg Mitt Romney Republican Utah January 3, 2019 Incumbent Ran unsuccessfully for President in 2008 and 2012.[7]

House of Representatives[edit]

In addition to the representatives below, former Representatives Jim Gibbons of Nevada and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona grew up in the Church, but left as adults.[3][2] B. H. Roberts was elected to the House from Utah in 1898, but was not seated because of his practice of polygamy.[8]

Representative Party District Term Notes
Start End
Sen. Wm. H. King, Utah LCCN2016845501 (cropped).jpg William H. King Democratic UT-AL March 4, 1897 March 3, 1899 Ran successfully for U.S. Senator from Utah.[3]
April 2, 1900 March 3, 1901
JosephHowell (cropped).jpg Joseph Howell Republican UT-AL March 4, 1903 March 3, 1913 [3]
UT-01 March 3, 1913 March 3, 1917
MiltonHWelling (cropped).jpg Milton H. Welling Democratic UT-01 March 4, 1917 March 3, 1921 [3]
DonBColton.jpg Don B. Colton Republican UT-01 March 4, 1921 March 3, 1933 [3]
Orrice Abram, Jr. Murdock.jpg Orrice Abram Murdock Jr. Democratic UT-01 March 4, 1933 January 3, 1941 Ran successfully for U.S. Senator from Utah.[3]
J. Will Robinson (Utah Congressman).jpg J. W. Robinson Democratic UT-02 March 4, 1933 January 3, 1947 [3]
WalterKGranger.jpg Walter K. Granger Democratic UT-01 January 3, 1941 January 3, 1953 [3]
BerkeleyBunker.jpg Berkeley L. Bunker Democratic NV-AL January 5, 1945 January 5, 1947 Appointed U.S. Senator from Nevada.[3]
William A. Dawson.jpg William A. Dawson Republican UT-02 January 3, 1947 January 3, 1949 [3]
January 3, 1953 January 3, 1959
Hamer H. Budge.jpg Hamer H. Budge Republican ID-02 January 3, 1951 January 3, 1961 Appointed 16th chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.[3]
MOSS, John Emerson (cropped).jpg John E. Moss Democratic CA-03 January 3, 1953 December 31, 1978 [3]
Douglas R. Stringfellow, 83rd Congress.jpg Douglas R. Stringfellow Republican UT-01 January 3, 1953 January 3, 1955 [3]
HAldousDixon.jpg Henry Aldous Dixon Republican UT-01 January 3, 1955 January 3, 1961 [3]
Stewart L Udall - 1960s.jpg Stewart Udall Democratic AZ-02 January 3, 1955 January 18, 1961 Appointed 37th United States Secretary of the Interior.[3]
David Sjodahl King circa 1950.jpg David S. King Democratic UT-02 January 3, 1959 January 3, 1963 [3]
January 3, 1965 January 3, 1967
Ralph R. Harding.jpg Ralph R. Harding Democratic ID-02 January 3, 1961 January 3, 1965 [3]
M. Blaine Peterson.png M. Blaine Peterson Democratic UT-01 January 3, 1961 January 3, 1963 [3]
Morris King Udall (cropped).jpg Mo Udall Democratic AZ-02 May 2, 1961 May 4, 1991 [3]
LaurenceJBurton.jpg Laurence J. Burton Republican UT-01 January 3, 1963 January 3, 1971 [3]
Richard T Hanna.png Richard T. Hanna Democratic CA-34 January 3, 1963 December 31, 1974 [3]
ShermanPLloyd.jpg Sherman P. Lloyd Republican UT-02 January 3, 1963 January 3, 1965 [3]
January 3, 1967 January 3, 1973
CLAWSON, Delwin Morgan.jpg Del M. Clawson Republican CA-23 June 11, 1963 January 3, 1975 [3]
CA-33 January 3, 1975 December 31, 1978
Kenneth W. Dyal.jpg Kenneth W. Dyal Democratic CA-33 January 3, 1965 January 3, 1967 [3]
George V. Hansen.jpg George V. Hansen Republican ID-02 January 3, 1965 January 3, 1969 [3]
January 3, 1975 January 3, 1985
Orval H. Hansen.jpg Orval H. Hansen Republican ID-02 January 3, 1969 January 3, 1975 [3]
K. Gunn McKay.jpg K. Gunn McKay Democratic UT-01 January 3, 1971 January 3, 1981 [3]
Wayne Owens 100th Congress 1987.jpg Wayne Owens Democratic UT-02 January 3, 1973 January 3, 1975 [3]
January 3, 1987 January 3, 1993
Clair Burgener.jpg Clair Burgener Republican CA-42 January 3, 1973 January 3, 1975 [3]
CA-43 January 3, 1975 January 3, 1983
Allan Howe.jpg Allan Turner Howe Democratic UT-02 January 3, 1975 January 3, 1977 [3]
CecilHeftel.jpg Cecil Heftel Democratic HI-01 January 3, 1977 July 11, 1986 [3]
MARRIOTT, David Daniel.jpg David Daniel Marriott Republican UT-02 January 3, 1977 January 3, 1985 [3]
Norman D. Shumway.jpg Norman D. Shumway Republican CA-14 January 3, 1979 January 3, 1991 [3]
Jameshansen.jpg James V. Hansen Republican UT-01 January 3, 1981 January 3, 2003 [3]
Howard C. Nielson.jpg Howard C. Nielson Republican UT-03 January 3, 1983 January 3, 1991 [3]
PACKARD, Ronald C.jpg Ron Packard Republican CA-43 January 3, 1983 January 3, 1993 [3]
CA-48 January 3, 1993 January 3, 2001
Rep Harry Reid.jpg Harry Reid Democratic NV-01 January 3, 1983 January 3, 1987 Ran successfully for U.S. Senator from Nevada.[3]
David Smith Monson.jpg David Smith Monson Republican UT-02 January 3, 1985 January 3, 1987 [3]
Richard H. Stallings.jpg Richard H. Stallings Democratic ID-02 January 3, 1985 January 3, 1993 [3]
Wally Herger.jpg Wally Herger Republican CA-02 January 3, 1987 January 3, 2013 [3]
John Doolittle.jpg John Doolittle Republican CA-14 January 3, 1991 January 3, 1993 [3]
CA-04 January 3, 1993 January 3, 2009
ORTON, William.jpg Bill Orton
(1948–2009)
Democratic UT-03 January 3, 1991 January 3, 1997 [3]
Richard Swett.jpg Richard Swett Democratic NH-02 January 3, 1991 January 3, 1995 First Mormon elected to the House from a state east of the Mississippi River.[3]
Mike Crapo Official Photo 110th Congress.jpg Mike Crapo Republican ID-02 January 3, 1993 January 3, 1999 Ran successfully for U.S. Senator from Idaho.[3]
ErnestIstook.jpg Ernest Istook Republican OK-05 January 3, 1993 January 3, 2007 [3]
Buck McKeon 2011.jpeg Buck McKeon Republican CA-25 January 3, 1993 January 3, 2015 [3]
Enid G. Mickelsen.jpg Enid Greene Waldholtz Republican UT-02 January 3, 1995 January 3, 1997 First Mormon woman to serve in the House.[3]
Matt Salmon, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Matt Salmon Republican AZ-01 January 3, 1995 January 3, 2001 [3]
AZ-05 January 3, 2013 January 3, 2017
Chris Cannon, official 110th Congress photo.jpg Chris Cannon Republican UT-03 January 3, 1997 January 3, 2009 [3]
Merrillcook.jpg Merrill Cook Republican UT-02 January 3, 1997 January 3, 2001 [3]
Mike Simpson official portrait.jpg Mike Simpson Republican ID-02 January 3, 1999 Incumbent [3]
Tom Udall official Senate portrait.jpg Tom Udall Democratic NM-03 January 3, 1999 January 3, 2009 Ran successfully for U.S. Senator from New Mexico.[3]
Jeff Flake, official portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg Jeff Flake Republican AZ-01 January 3, 2001 January 3, 2003 Ran successfully for U.S. Senator from Arizona.[6]
AZ-06 January 3, 2003 January 3, 2013
Mathesonbio.jpg Jim Matheson Democratic UT-02 January 3, 2001 January 3, 2013 [9]
UT-04 January 3, 2013 January 3, 2015
Rob Bishop Official (Utah politician).jpg Rob Bishop Republican UT-01 January 3, 2003 January 3, 2021 [10]
Dean Heller, Official Senate Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Dean Heller Republican NV-02 January 3, 2007 May 9, 2011 Ran successfully for U.S. Senator from Nevada.[5]
Jason Chaffetz, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg Jason Chaffetz Republican UT-03 January 3, 2009 June 30, 2017 [11]
Raul Labrador 115th.jpg Raúl Labrador Republican ID-01 January 3, 2011 January 3, 2019 First Hispanic Mormon to serve in Congress.[12]
Chris Stewart official photo.jpg Chris Stewart Republican UT-02 January 3, 2013 Incumbent [10]
Curt Clawson portrait.jpg Curt Clawson Republican FL-19 June 24, 2014 January 3, 2017 [13]
2015-01-08 OfficialPhoto RepCresentHardy NV04.jpg Cresent Hardy Republican NV-04 January 3, 2015 January 3, 2017 [14]
Mia Love Congressional Photo.jpg Mia Love Republican UT-04 January 3, 2015 January 3, 2019 First Black Mormon to serve in Congress.[10]
Andy Biggs official portrait.jpg Andy Biggs Republican AZ-05 January 3, 2017 Incumbent [10]
John Curtis portrait 115th Congress (cropped1).jpg John Curtis Republican UT-03 November 13, 2017 Incumbent [10]
Ben McAdams, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Ben McAdams Democratic UT-04 January 3, 2019 January 3, 2021 [10]
Blake Moore 117th U.S Congress.jpg Blake Moore Republican UT-01 January 3, 2021 Incumbent [15]
Burgess Owens 117th U.S Congress.jpg Burgess Owens Republican UT-04 January 3, 2021 Incumbent First Black male Mormon to serve in congress. [16]

Territorial delegates[edit]

Delegate Party District Term Notes
Start End
John Milton Bernhisel.jpg John Milton Bernhisel Independent Utah Territory March 4, 1851 March 3, 1859 [3]
William Henry Hooper.jpg William Henry Hooper Democratic Utah Territory March 4, 1859 March 3, 1861 [3]
George Q. Cannon - Brady-Handy.jpg George Q. Cannon Republican Utah Territory March 4, 1873 February 25, 1882 Also served on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as First Counselor in the First Presidency.[3]
John Thomas Caine.jpg John Thomas Caine Democratic Utah Territory November 7, 1882 March 3, 1893 [3]
Frank Jenne Cannon.jpg Frank J. Cannon Republican Utah Territory March 4, 1895 January 4, 1896 [3]
Congressman Eni Faleomavaega.jpg Eni Faleomavaega Democratic American Samoa January 3, 1989 January 3, 2015 [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Roig-Franzia, Manuel (January 13, 2013). "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.
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  5. ^ a b "Dean Heller Biography". Dean Heller Senate. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Lynch, Michael W. (February 2001). "Soundbite: The Missionary's Positions". Reason Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2007.
  7. ^ Miroff, Nick (July 21, 2011). "In besieged Mormon colony, Mitt Romney's Mexican roots". Washington Post. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Jerry Spangler (January 31, 2005). "Mormon Democrats Link up in Congress". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved November 9, 2006.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Mohammad, Alex E. J. (January 25, 2015). "LDS in Senate and House of Representatives". Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  14. ^ Phillips, Amber (January 29, 2015). "Sen. Dean Heller says Mormon church has always preached equal rights". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  15. ^ Davidson, Lee (July 13, 2020). "How Utahn Blake Moore went from a political unknown to GOP nominee for Congress". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  16. ^ Raftery, Kay (June 17, 1997). "Pro Football Players Share Their Mormon Faith Ty Detmer, Burgess Owens And Vai Sikahema Told A Packed Sanctuary Of The Role Of Religion In Their Lives". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 28, 2015.