Robert Bennett has had a distinguished career in public service. In 1988 the Utah State Board of Education appointed him chairman of the Education Strategic Planning Commission. Bennett has also served on other education-related committees in Utah: the Governor's Awards for Excellence Task Force, the Board of Trustees of the UEA Children at Risk Foundation, The Conference Office Advisory Board, the Governor's Advisory Council, and the Education Commission. Governor Norman Bangerter presented Bennett a 1989 Light of Learning Award for his outstanding contribution to public education in the state.
Bennett was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 after a close Republican primary victory over Geneva Steel president Joseph Cannon, and won the general election by a margin of 55 percent to 39 percent over former three-term U.S. Representative Wayne Owens.
Senator Bennett currently (1993) serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; the Senate Small Business Committee: and the Joint Economic Committee. The senator also serves as a member of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Larry K. Shepherd