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Breaking News: This U.S. Senator Just Died!

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Former Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) has died. He was a liberal Republican, and the first loss for the political establishment during the early years of the Tea Party movement. He was replaced by conservative Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).

He has passed away at the age of 82:

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, of Utah, who shied away from the spotlight but earned a reputation as someone who knew how to get things done in Washington, has died. He was 82.

Bennett assistant Tara Tanner said he died Wednesday from complications of pancreatic cancer and a recent stroke.
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. 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.

Bennett was criticized by opponents within his own party for being in office too long after promising to only serve two terms, for supporting a bailout for distressed banks, and for working with Democrats on his own health care bill to require Americans to buy health insurance.

In the run-up to the 2010 election, Bennett took on a decidedly more conservative tone. But he failed to sway the 3,500 Republican state delegates, a generally more conservative group that selected the party’s candidate in a caucus system.

via Fox News

Bennett spent the last few years running a consulting firm as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. He also was a resident scholar with the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

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

Let us pray for his family during this difficult time. RIP.