The Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame honors distinguished individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to politics and public service in the State of Utah. 


Norman H. Bangerter was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996. Bangerter attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He worked as a premier contractor in Utah 's real estate development industry. He was a member of the Utah State House of Representatives for 10 years— leading the chamber as Speaker from 1981 to 1985. He served as the Governor of Utah from 1985 to 1993, significantly improving the state's education system and economic development programs.


Wallace F. Bennett was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996. Bennett attended the University of Utah and later enlisted in World War I as an infantry officer. He was president of the Bennett Motor Company and the National Association of Manufacturers. Bennett represented Utah in the United States Senate from 1951 to 1975. He was a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and played a major role in establishing the defense and aerospace industries in Utah.


Scott M. Matheson was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996. Matheson graduated from the University of Utah and Stanford Law School. He worked in several legal positions, including Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney, legal counsel to the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and President of the Utah State Bar. He served as the Governor of Utah from 1977 to 1985. During his tenure as governor, Matheson supported public education and advocated for the states’ rights.


Frank E. Moss was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996 . Moss graduated from the University of Utah and George Washington University Law School. He was elected a judge in the Salt Lake City Municipal Court and later served as a member of the J.A.G. corps during World War II. Moss served Utah in the United States Senate from 1959 to 1977. He was an expert on water issues, pushed for the creation and protection of national parks, and sponsored significant consumer protection legislation.


Calvin L. Rampton was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996 . Rampton received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah. He was Davis County Attorney, Assistant Attorney General for Utah, and Chief of the Senior U.S. Army Claims Commission during World War II. Rampton is Utah’s longest-serving governor, holding office from 1965 to 1977. As governor, he reorganized the state’s government structure and made substantial investments in public and higher education.


James V. Hansen was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on January 27, 2003 . Following his service in the Korean War, Hansen graduated from from the University of Utah. He was a member of the Utah State House of Representatives for seven years—serving as Speaker from 1979 to 1980. Hansen represented Utah’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 2003. He was the chairman of the House Committee on Resources and used his influence to maintain and promote Utah's defense and aerospace industries.


Olene S. Walker was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on March 10, 2005 . Walker received undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and the University of Utah, respectively. She served in the Utah State House of Representatives for eight years, acting as Majority Whip for one term. Walker became Utah's first female Lieutenant Governor, serving from 1993 to 2003. She served as the first female Governor of Utah from 2003 to 2005. Walker made significant contributions to Utah’s education, literacy, housing, and tax policy.


Wayne Owens was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 2007. Owens earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah.  He served Utah’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1975, where he voted to stop funding the Vietnam War and impeach President Nixon. He served this district in Congress again from 1987 to 1993, championing environmental causes, compensation for "downwinders," and peace in the Middle East. Owens later co-founded and served as president of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation.


Brent Scowcroft was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on October 23, 2008. Scowcroft graduated from West Point Academy and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. His service in the military spanned 29 years and concluded at the rank of Lieutenant General. He is the only person to serve as the National Security Advisor for two presidents, working for both Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. He founded The Forum for International Policy and acted as President of the Scowcroft Group, Inc. He has been awarded hundreds of military and policy recognitions, including the Medal of Freedom.


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Robert Bennett was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on January 26, 2016. Bennett graduated from the University of Utah and served in the Utah National Guard from 1957 to 1969. He worked in the public and private sectors for three decades. An accomplished businessman, he received widespread recognition for his work at the Summa Corporation and Franklin International. He represented Utah as a U.S. Senator from 1993 to 2011—serving on the Senate Banking Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.