U.S. Congress Includes 10 Latter-day Saints—the Fewest Number in a Decade

Contributed By Jason Swensen, Church News associate editor

  • 28 January 2019

Ten Church members have begun their service in the 116th United States Congress—including four members of the U.S. Senate and six from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Article Highlights

  • There are now 10 Latter-day Saints serving in the United States Congress.

Ten Church members have begun their service in the 116th United States Congress—including four members of the U.S. Senate and six from the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Latter-day Saint lawmakers are all men and represent four different states: Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah. Eight are Republicans; the other two are Democrats.

The 116th Congress has the fewest number of members in at least a decade. Ten members claiming Church affiliation is the lowest over the last six congresses, according to the Pew Research Center.

Latter-day Saints in the U.S. Senate

Michael D. Crapo, R-Idaho, has served in the Senate since 1999. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1999.

Mike Lee, R-Utah, has served in the Senate since 2011.

Mitt Romney, R-Utah, begins his first term in the Senate. He previously served as governor of Massachusetts (2003–2007) and was the Republican nominee in the 2012 presidential election.

Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, has served in the Senate since 2009. He also represented New Mexico in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2009.

Latter-day Saints in the U.S. House of Representatives

Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, begins his second term in U.S. Congress.

Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.

John Curtis, R-Utah, began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2017 after the resignation of fellow Latter-day Saint legislator Jason Chaffetz.

Ben McAdams, D-Utah, begins his maiden term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He defeated incumbent and fellow Church member Mia Love in the 2018 election.

Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999.

Chris Stewart, R-Utah, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013.

Sen. Michael D. Crapo (R-Idaho). Official portrait.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Official portrait.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). Official portrait.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico). Official portrait.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona). Official portrait.

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). Official portrait.

Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah). Official portrait.

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah). Official portrait.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho). Official portrait.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah). Official portrait.