Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been involved in politics since Joseph Smith ran for president in 1844. Many other Mormons have held government positions, on both a state and federal level. Ezra Taft Benson, the 13th president of the Church, served as the Secretary of Agriculture under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Utah’s current governor, Gary Herbert, is also a member of the Church.
Several members of the LDS Church currently serve as United States Congressmen: