Elected Mormon Politicians

November 20, 2012 | 12 comments
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The recent elections included some changes in the Mormons holding elective office around the country, but overall not a lot of change. We still have about the same number of Mormons in the U.S. Congress. The areas where a lot of Mormons are in state government still have a lot in state government. But some of the areas where there were few Mormons serving in elected office lost the few that they had. In the end, Mormon politicians ended up more concentrated.

I probably should have posted this a week or so ago. But I think the information will still be interesting and useful.

As I did before the election, I have listed the Federal level politicians first, followed by the state level politicians for each state, except for Utah, where the number of politicians is so large that I need more time to analyze it.

As always, I am interested in further information. In some cases I have made assumptions about who is Mormon when complete information isn’t available. When I know that someone is no longer Mormon, I have indicated it.

Incumbents are marked with an * preceding their name.

Federal Candidates

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U.S. Senate

  • *Mike Crapo — Republican, Idaho [Next election for this seat is in 2016.]
  • Jeff Flake — Republican, Arizona
  • *Orrin Hatch — Republican, Utah
  • *Dean Heller — Republican, Nevada
  • *Mike Lee — Republican, Utah [Next election for this seat is in 2016.]
  • *Harry Reid — Democrat, Nevada [Next election for this seat is in 2016.]
  • *Marco Rubio — Republican, Florida — Does not consider himself LDS, but was a church member briefly as a child.
  • *Mark Udall — Democrat, Colorado [Next election for this seat is in 2014.] — Does not consider himself LDS, but comes from a historically LDS family.
  • *Tom Udall — Democrat, New Mexico [Next election for this seat is in 2014.]

As expected there are 7 Mormons in the Senate, one senator from a historically LDS family and one who was Mormon briefly as a youth.

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U.S. House

  • *Rob Bishop — Republican, Utah 1st
  • *Mo Brooks — Republican, Alabama 5th (convert, wife LDS, no longer considers himself LDS)
  • *Jason Chaffetz — Republican, Utah 3rd
  • *Eni F. H. Faleomavaega — Democrat, American Samoa
  • *Darrell Issa — Republican, California 49th (Mother is LDS, he doesn’t consider himself LDS)
  • *Raul Labrador — Republican, Idaho 1st
  • *Buck McKeon — Republican, California 25th
  • *Jim Matheson — Democrat, Utah 4th
  • Matt Salmon — Republican, Arizona 5th
  • *Mike Simpson — Republican, Idaho 2nd
  • Kyrsten Sinema — Democrat, Arizona 9th (Bisexual, inactive Mormon and BYU graduate. Doesn’t claim to be Mormon in campaign literature.)
  • Chris Stewart — Republican, Utah 2nd

Mia Love conceded to Jim Matheson, but the vote is close enough that a reversal is possible, at least in theory. Sinema also has apparently won a very close race that theoretically could be reversed.

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State Level Candidates

Arkansas

  • *Jon S. Eubanks — Republican, House District 74

 Arizona

The Arizona Senate has 30 members.

  • *Andy Biggs — Republican, Senate District 12 (unopposed)
  • *Rich Crandall — Republican, Senate District 16
  • *Adam Driggs — Republican, Senate District 28
  • *Jerry Lewis — Republican, Senate District 26
  • Bob Worsley — Republican, Senate District 25

The Arizona House of Representatives has 60 members.

  • *Eddie Farnsworth — Republican, House District 12
  • *Tom Forese — Republican, House District 17
  • *Justin Olson — Republican, House District 25
  • *Justin Pierce —Republican, House District 25

Hawaii

The Hawaii House of Representatives has 51 members.

  • Richard Fale — Republican, House District 47

Idaho

The Idaho State Senate has 35 members.

  • *Steven Bair — Republican, Senate District 31
  • Cliff Bayer — Republican, Senate District 21
  • *Dean Cameron — Republican, Senate District 27 (unopposed)
  • *Bart Davis — Republican, Senate District 33 (unopposed)
  • *Lee Heider — Republican, Senate District 24
  • *Brent Hill — Republican, Senate District 34 (unopposed)
  • Fred Martin — Republican, Senate District 15
  • *Dean Mortimer — Republican, Senate District 30 (unopposed)
  • *Monty Pearce — Republican, Senate District 9
  • Steven Thayn — Republican, Senate District 8
  • *John Tippets — Republican, Senate District 32 (unopposed)

The Idaho House of Representatives has 70 members.

  • Neil Anderson — Republican, House District 31
  • *Ken Andrus — Republican, House District 28
  • *Linden Bateman — Republican, House District 33
  • *Scott Bedke — Republican, House District 27 (unopposed)
  • *Maxine Bell — Republican, House District 25
  • *Gary Collins — Republican, House District 13 (unopposed)
  • Tom Dayley — Republican, House District 21
  • *Reed DeMordaunt — Republican, House District 14
  • *Thomas Loertscher — Republican, House District 32
  • *Lynn Luker — Republican, House District 15
  • *Mike Moyle — Republican, House District 14 (unopposed)
  • *Pete Nielsen — Republican, House District 23
  • *Dell Raybould — Republican, House District 24
  • *Richard Wills — Republican, House District 23
  • *JoAn Wood — Republican, House District 35

Iowa

The Iowa House of Representative has 100 members.

  • *Ralph Watts — Republican, House District 19

Michigan

The Michigan House of Representative has 110 members.

  • *Joel Johnson — Republican, House District 97

Montana

The Montana House of Representatives has 100 members.

  • *Cary L. Smith — Republican, House District 55

Nevada

Senate:

The Nevada State Senate has 21 members.

  • Mo Denis — Democrat, Clark County Senate District 2
  • Joe Hardy — Republican, Clark County Senate District 12
  • Justin Jones — Democrat, Senate District 9

Assembly:

The Nevada Assembly has 42 members.

  • *Ira Hansen — Republican, Assembly District 32 (unopposed)
  • Crescent Hardy — Republican, Assembly District 19
  • *Lynn Stewart — Republican, Assembly District 22
  • *Melissa Woodbury — Republican, Assembly District 23

New Mexico

The New Mexico Senate has 42 members.

  • *John Arthur Smith — Democrat, Senate District 35

The New Mexico House of Representatives has 70 members.

  • *Thomas Taylor — Republican, House District 1 (unopposed)

Oregon

The Oregon House of Representatives has 60 members.

  • *Dennis Richardson — Republican, House District 4 (BYU Grad, claims is “non-Denominational Christian) (unopposed)
  • *Greg Smith — Republican, House District 57 (unopposed)

South Carolina

The South Carolina House of Representatives has 124 members.

  • Alan Delk Clemmons — Republican, House District 107 ( unopposed)

Washington

Senate:

The Washington State Senate has 49 members.

  • Pam Roach — Republican, 31st Legislative District
  • Paul Shin — Democrat, 21st Legislative District

House:

The Washington State House of Representatives has 98 members.

  • *Tami Green — Democrat, House District 28-2
  • *Paul Harris — Republican, House District 17-2

West Virginia

The West Virginia House of Delegates has 100 members.

  • *Larry Kump — Republican, House District 59 (unopposed)
  • *Linda Sumner — Republican, House District 30

Wyoming

Senate:

The Wyoming Senate has 30 members.

  • *Stan Cooper — Republican, Senate District 14
  • *Dan Dockstader — Republican, Senate District 16
  • Drew Perkins — Republican, Senate District 29
  • Ray Peterson — Republican, Senate District 19

House:

The Wyoming House of Representatives has 60 members.

  • *Kathlen Davison — Republican, House District 18 (unopposed)
  • *Elaine Harvey — Republican, House District 26 (unopposed)
  • *Allen Jaggi — Republican, House District 19 (unopposed)
  • *Robert McKim — Republican, House District 21 (unopposed)
  • Garry Piiparinen — Republican, House District 49 (unopposed)

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12 Responses to Elected Mormon Politicians

  1. Mark B. on November 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I’m still amazed that there are successful Mormon politicians in places like Arkansas, South Carolina and West Virginia.

  2. Paul Mouritsen on November 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Just a couple of observations about Mormons in the Nevada Legislature–

    1. Senator Mo Denis has just been selected by the Senate Democratic caucus as Senate Majority Leader.

    2. Senator Scott Hammond, who moved from the Assembly to the Senate, is LDS. He joined the Church in Alaska and fulfilled a mission in Portugal. See the following profile:

    http://www.lvrj.com/news/travels-tribulations-define-new-lawmaker-112593289.html

  3. Jax on November 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Mark B, I’m in Arkansas and I’m amazed as well. We are few and far between down here.

  4. Sam Brunson on November 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks, Kent!

  5. Kent Larsen on November 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks, Paul. Its hard to get everyone. Often the only way to know is when someone has a personal connection, or when they read the newspapers more closely than I can…

  6. JR on November 21, 2012 at 3:26 am

    It is my understanding that Marco Rubio was baptized into the Catholic church and is now a practicing Catholic. He is the only one I know anything certain about their current religion.
    Great work and informative.

  7. Kent Larsen on November 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Yes, JR, that is my understanding also.

  8. Paul Mouritsen on November 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm
  9. M Buxton on November 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Kent,

    Roy Lacey is a newly elected Mormon Democratic state senator in Idaho.

  10. Kent Larsen on November 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Paul (8): Thanks, that’s very helpful.

    M. Buxton (9): Great information! Thank you!

  11. Don on November 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

    We’ve had pretty good representation nationally for some time. What’s interesting to me is how similar our elected members are to everyone else. By that I mean we have good people, bad people, people we will remember and people we will forget and even a few who will be a stain on the name of the church for a long time. On balance, I’m grateful for all those who choose to run for public office at any level. I wish they were all wonderful, gifted, talented and high principled, but they’ve done more than I’ve been willing to do, and for that I am grateful.

  12. Kent Larsen on November 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    And, Don (11), just like other groups, I’m sure no one will agree about who exactly is “good” and who exactly is “bad,” who we will remember and who we will forget….