The late Robert F. Bennett was a BPC senior fellow. He served as a senator from Utah from 1993 to 2011. A Washington figure for decades, his advice was sought and relied upon by presidents, cabinet officials, and members of Congress.
Bennett served as the senior member of both the Senate Banking Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. He was an active participant in forming national economic policy over the course of several years. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Bennett worked to balance fiscal discipline in government with the needs of maintaining a vital national economy.
Bennett was a highly successful entrepreneur. Prior to his Senate career, he served as the CEO of Franklin Quest, Inc., where he was a founding shareholder. One of his great passions was the process of growing new opportunities into mature and developed business enterprises. He was a key participant in multiple private and publicly held companies.
Throughout his career, Bennett was 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 praised him by saying, “there is no more honorable member of this body than Bob Bennett.”