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Robert Foster “Bob” Bennett was born on September 18, 1933, and died on May 4, 2016.
He was a United States Senator from Utah, and a member of the Republican Party.
He was appointed chairmanships and various senior positions on a number of key Senate committees, including the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Appropriations Committee, Rules and Administration Committee, Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Joint Economic Committee.
Bob Bennett was a popular and reliably conservative senator for most of his tenure, earning high ratings from conservative activist groups such as the National Rifle Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Conservative Union.
However, in 2010 Bennett became one of the most prominent targets of the Tea Party Movement, which criticized his support of the Bush Administration’s bank bailout and argued that Bennett was insufficiently conservative.
Notwithstanding an enthusiastic endorsement from Mitt Romney, he was denied a place on the primary ballot by the 2010 Utah State Republican Convention, placing third behind two Tea-Party-backed candidate.
After parliament, he joined a law firm.
Bob Bennett passed away at 82 yrs old.