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Bob Bennett (1933 - 2016)

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Bob Bennett (1933 - 2016)

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett died May 4 of complications of pancreatic cancer, according to a post on his Facebook page. He was 82.

The Republican from Utah served 18 years in the U.S. Senate before losing his re-election race in 2010. On May 14, Bennett was buried in Salt Lake City, according to The Associated Press.

Shortly after Bennett's death, President Barack Obama released a statement recognizing the former senator for his public service.

"Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator Bob Bennett. For 18 years, Bob worked tirelessly in the United States Senate for his fellow Utahns. His commitment to his constituents transcended partisanship and he often reached across the aisle to get things done. He was a dedicated public servant and his work – like efforts to save the country from economic collapse – is exemplary of what we can accomplish when we put aside our differences and focus on our common goals. Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to Bob's wife Joyce, and their children and grandchildren."

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