BREAKING: This Republican Senator Just Died, His Family Needs Our Prayers…

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Former Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke. He died at the age of 82 years old.

Bennett had a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done.

The Republican was first elected in 1992 and was widely seen at home as politically moderate, which at times put him at odds with Utah’s highly conservative Republican base, FOX reports. His middle-of-the-road reputation led to his ouster in 2010 at the state convention by delegates fueled by tea party anger.

Bennett had a stroke on April 11 that paralyzed the left side of his body and left him unable to stand or swallow. He told the Deseret News a week later the cancer had been diagnosed within a year earlier. It started in his pancreas but had spread to his stomach and near his liver. Bennett said he was receiving hospice care at his home in Arlington, Virginia.


R.I.P. Mr. Bennett

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said in a statement that Bennett was a friend and counselor. When Romney moved to Utah to run the 2002 Winter Olympics, he said, Bennett helped him navigate government agencies and committees.

“His keen mind made him a leading figure in the Senate on issues as disparate and far-reaching as emerging technologies and federal budgets. He was respected by men and women on both sides of the aisle, not only for his expertise but also for his common touch, his common sense, and his commitment to uncommon virtues,” Romney’s statement said.

Bennett stayed on top of emerging technologies and in 2001 became one of the first members of Congress to purchase a hybrid vehicle. In 2006, he advocated for tax breaks for fuel-efficient vehicle.

Bennett was said to support John Kasich for president but acknowledged early on that he probably wouldn’t win.

He was right.

Bennett is survived by his wife, Joyce, six children and 20 grandchildren.

Our prayers go out to his family and friends.


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