Robert F. Bennett’s first serious political experience was in 1962 when he managed the successful re-election campaign of his father, Wallace F. Bennett. Thirty years later, in 1992, he followed in his father’s footsteps with a successful campaign for himself, which took him to the Senate for eighteen years.
While there, Bob was highly regarded as a pragmatic problem-solver and established himself as a powerful consensus builder among his constituents and colleagues, one of whom praised him as “the smartest man in the Senate.”
He served on the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Banking Committee, the Natural Resources Committee and chaired the distinguished Joint Economic Committee, where he was at the center of national economic policy discussions. He also served as the ranking Republican on the Senate Rules Committee and as Counsel to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.
Bob is a highly successful entrepreneur. Prior to his Senate career, he served as the CEO of Franklin Quest, Inc. (NYSE) which he joined when the firm had only four full-time employees. The business grew to more than 1,000 prior to its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. For his work at Franklin, he was named “Executive of the Year” for the Rocky Mountain Region by INC. magazine.
Former Senator Bennett has been nationally praised for two innate qualities—his intellect and his integrity. Former President Bill Clinton described him as “a highly intelligent old-fashioned conservative” while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said “there is no more honorable member of this body than Bob Bennett.” Senator Mitch McConnell called him a “smart, level-headed proven leader.”
Bob is currently chairman of The Bennett Group with offices in Washington, DC and Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also a senior policy advisor at Arent Fox who works with a wide range of international clients. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Marshall Fund, Honorary US President of the Transatlantic Policy Network and as Resident Scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, where he lectures part time.
Bob is married to the former Joyce McKay. They are the parents of six children.