With the U.S. 2010 elections over more than a month ago, I’ve wanted to put together a summary of the results for Mormon candidates for some time, and finally got around to finishing it this past weekend. There were a few surprises.
In fact, I doubt that many readers will have heard of all the candidates I mention below — in part because I’ve gone a step beyond what others have and included statewide elections (Governor, Lt. Governor, etc.) in addition to the traditional list of those in Congress. Even in the latter, since I’ve included losing candidates as well, readers will discover information they didn’t know.
As in the past, I’ve included anyone who could be considered Mormon, even if they no longer identify themselves as Mormon, but I’ve marked those issues where I know about them, so readers can judge for themselves how many Mormons there are in the U.S. Congress and in the leadership of each state.
I should add that, given the expanded nature of this list, I am not at all certain that I’ve included everyone; in fact I wouldn’t be surprised to find 10 or more additional candidates and perhaps a few more state officials. As always, I would appreciate any additional information readers know.
This list is limited to elections in the U.S. But I am anxious to get information on Mormons who have been elected in other countries. I only know of two possible elected Mormons outside of the U.S. — Terry Rooney, an MP in the U.K., Brian Adam, MP in the Scottish parliament and Rahui Katene, an MP in New Zealand. But I would be very surprised if there weren’t Mormon elected officials in other countries — perhaps in Tonga and Samoa (where LDS Church members make up a large portion of the population), and perhaps in Chile, where concentrations are also relatively high. I’ve heard of LDS politicians serving in Brazil, Canada and in Mexico in the past. If you know of someone, please let me know, and I’ll put together a post of Mormon politicians outside of the U.S. later.
So, here are the results of the 2010 U.S. elections:
U.S. Senatorial elections:
- Robert F. Bennett (R-UT) — lost in primary, replaced by Mike Lee
- Mike Crapo (R-ID) — re-elected
- Orrin Hatch (R-UT) — current term ends in 2012
- Harry Reid (D-NV) — re-elected
- Mark Udall (D-CO) — current term ends in 2014 (Mark Udall does not consider himself Mormon, although born in a Mormon family)
- Tom Udall (D-NM) — current term ends in 2014 (Tom Udall is widely known to be inactive)
- Sam Granato (D-UT) — lost to Mike Lee
- Merrill Cook (R-UT) — lost in primary
- Mike Lee (R-UT) — elected to replace Bennett
U.S. House elections:
- Rob Bishop (R-UT) — re-elected
- Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) — re-elected
- Jeff Flake (R-AZ) — re-elected
- Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa-non-voting) — re-elected
- Dean Heller (R-NV) — re-elected
- Wally Herger (R-CA) — re-elected
- Jim Matheson (D-UT) — re-elected
- Buck McKeon (R-CA) — re-elected
- Mike Simpson (R-ID) — re-elected
- Leonard Boswell (D-IA) — re-elected (member of Community of Christ)
- Mo Brooks (R-AL) — elected (although a convert who attends LDS services with his wife, Brooks no longer considers himself Mormon)
- Sheldon Fisher (R-AK) — lost (Fisher appears to be Mormon from his Wikipedia entry)
- David Harmer (R-CA) — lost
- Karen Hyer (D-UT) — lost
- Raul Labrador (R-ID) — elected
- Morgan Philpot (R-UT) — lost
State Governor elections:
- Jim Gibbons (R-NV) — lost in primary (Gibbons is known to be inactive)
- Gary Herbert (R-UT) — re-elected
- Keith Allred (D-ID) — lost
- Mufi Hannemann (D-HI) — lost in primary
- Mike Montandon (R-NV) — lost in primary
- Rex Rammell (R-ID) — lost in primary
- Rory Reid (D-NV) — lost
State Lieutenant Governor elections:
- Greg Bell (R-UT) — re-elected
- Sheryl Allen (D-UT) — lost
State Secretary of State elections:
- Ken Bennett (R-AZ) — re-elected
I’m quite sure that I’ve missed a lot — particularly among those who challenged incumbents and lost. Much of the time the information about challengers is incomplete, and I wasn’t able to even read background information on them, let alone discover whether or not they are Mormon. Any further information is welcome.
February 7, 2011 — Mormon Times says Liz Bangerter is first Mormon woman elected to Montana House of Representatives.