8. Evan McMullin (2016, Independent)
On August 8, 2016, Church member Evan McMullin stepped forward to announce his presidential candidacy, running as a last-minute conservative alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up," McMullin said. "It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a better choice for President.”
McMullin, age 40, earned a degree in international law and diplomacy from Brigham Young University. After serving a mission in Brazil, he worked as a volunteer refugee resettlement officer in Amman, Jordan, for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Afterward, he began training as a counterterrorism officer for the CIA. He was still in training at CIA Headquarters in Virginia when the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001. Once his training was complete, McMullin volunteered to go overseas and spearheaded operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
In 2011, McMullin earned a master's of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and began working at Goldman Sachs in San Fransisco. In 2013, he became a senior advisor on national security issues for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in 2015 he became the chief policy director for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Most recently McMullin has been working in Washington D.C. as the Chief Policy Director for the House’s Republican Conference.
Because McMullin entered the presidential race at such a late date, he scrambled to get his name on the ballot in each state and ultimately lost the election.