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 Utah’s thirteenth governor, serving from 1985 to 1993. He significantly improved the state’s education system and economic development programs during his tenure as governor. Born on January 4, 1933 in Granger, Utah, he married Coleen Monson in 1953 and together they raised seven children. Bangerter attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. He founded his own construction company and was a premier contractor in utah’s real estate development industries. Bangerter served as a member of the Utah State House of Representatives for 10 years, including four years as speaker of the house. He was inducted into the Hinckley Institute Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996.
Wallace F. Bennett represented the State of Utah in the United States Senate from 1951 to 1975. He served as a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and played a major role in establishing the defense and aerospace industries in Utah. Born on November 13, 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah, he was married to Frances Grant for 71 years and had five children. Bennett graduated from the University of Utah and later enlisted in World War I as an infantry officer. He worked for thirty years as a successful businessman including serving as president of Bennett’s Paint and Glass Company, the Bennett Motor Company, and National Association of Manufacturers. He was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996.
Scott M. Matheson was Utah’s twelfth governor, from 1977 to 1985. He was a strong supporter of public education and an effective advocate for the state in matters ranging from opposing deployment of the MX missile system and storage of wet eye nerve gas in Utah, to promoting the Central Utah Project and land exchanges between the federal and state governments. Born on January 8, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, he married Norma Warenski in 1951 and had four children. 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 was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996.
Frank E. Moss represented the State of Utah as a member of the United States Senate from 1959 to 1977. He was an expert on water issues, supported the creation of additional national parks inside Utah, and sponsored significant consumer protection legislation including the Product Safety Act and Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Born on September 23, 1911 in Holladay, Utah, he married Phyllis Hart in 1934 and had four children. 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. He was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996.
Calvin L. Rampton was Utah’s eleventh and longest-serving governor, holding office from 1964 to 1977. While in office, he reorganized Utah’s state governmental structure and successfully promoted substantial investments in Utah’s public and higher education systems. Born on November 6, 1913, he married Lucybeth Cardon in 1940 and had four children. Rampton received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah. He served as Davis County Attorney, Assistant Attorney General for Utah, Chief of the Senior U.S. Army Claims Commission during World War II, and practiced law in Salt Lake City. He was inducted in the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 1996.
James V. Hansen represented Utah’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 2003. He was a strong advocate of multiple-use development of natural resources on public lands. Hansen served as a ranking member on several house committees and used his influence to maintain and promote Utah’s defense and aerospace industries. Born on August 14, 1932, he married Ann Burgoyne in 1957 and had five children. Following his service in the Korean War, Hansen graduated from the University of Utah. He served as a member of the Farmington City Council and later as Speaker of the Utah State House of Representatives from 1979 to 1980. He was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on January 27, 2003.
Olene S. Walker was Utah’s fifteenth governor from 2003 to 2005, the first woman to hold the office. She made significant contributions in the areas of education, literacy, housing, and tax policy during her tenure as governor. Born on November 15, 1930 in Ogden, Utah she married Myron Walker in 1954 and had seven children. Walker received her undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and the University of Utah, respectively. She served as a member of the Utah State House of Representatives, where she became the majority whip, and as Utah’s first female Lieutenant Governor. She was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on March 10, 2005.
Wayne Owens represented 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. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah. He was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on April 12, 2007.
Brent 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. He was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on October 23, 2008.
Robert Bennett represented Utah as a U.S. Senator from 1993 to 201. During this time, he served on the Senate Banking Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. 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 was inducted into the Hinckley Institute of Politics Hall of Fame on January 26, 2016