BCC is delighted to welcome a guest blogger who actually knows something about politics! Robert R. King is Staff Director of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has worked on Capitol Hill for the last 25 years, most of that time as Chief of Staff to the late Congressman Tom Lantos (D-California). He received a B.A. in political science from BYU and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was Assistant Director of Research at Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany and served on the National Security Council Staff during the Carter presidency when he was a White House Fellow. Bob and his wife, Kay, are authors of “Mormons in Congress, 1851-2002,” Journal of Mormon History (Fall 2000), pp. 1-50.
A quick overview of the series:
Currently 16 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are members of the United States Congress – 5 are members of the Senate and 11 are in the House of Representatives. One of the current LDS senators is running for reelection in the November 2008 election (the other four do not face the electorate this year), and one Mormon candidate is seeking an open Senate seat. All House members are up for reelection. One Mormon is not running for reelection, another has already lost his primary election, and at least two others are facing tough reelection contests. This multi-part series will look at the prospects for these Mormons in the upcoming election.