At a Glance
- Career History: Attorney, Howrey LLP (2007-2010); law clerk, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito (2006-2007); General Counsel, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R) (2005-2006)
- Birthday: June 4, 1971
- Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
- Alma Mater: Brigham Young University, B.A.; J.D., 1997
- Spouse: Sharon
- Religion: Mormon
- Committees: Energy and Natural Resources ; Foreign Relations ; Judiciary
- DC Office: 825 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Phone: 202-224-5444Fax: 202-228-1168
- State Offices: Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building125 South State, Suite 4225Salt Lake City, UT 84138Phone: 801-524-5933
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Path To Power
The son of a high-powered lawyer who was a major figure in Utah politics, (Rex Lee served as solicitor general under Ronald Reagan and later as president of Brigham Young University) Lee grew up well-versed in the language of the law and the U.S. Constitution.
After earning his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1997, Lee clerked for Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then Samuel Alito, who was then sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in New Jersey.
In classic tea-party style, Lee favors a radically smaller government. He wants 12-year term-limits for U.S. senators and representatives, major cuts to entitlement programs and a general reduction in government regulations "to allow the natural forces of our private enterprise system to rebound without undue interference."
He also supports eliminating all or most of the U.S. departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development, and wants to roll back recent health-care reforms.
Lee is a darling of the tea party movement, a loose grouping of candidates partly led and financially supported by former House leader Dick Armey (R-Texas). He is one of the Tea Partiers most likely to win a seat in Congress; other prominent 2010 tea party candidates were Ken Buck (R) in Colorado, Marco Rubio (R) in Florida, Joe Miller (R) in Alaska, and Rand Paul (R) in Kentucky.
One of the country's most conservative senators and a major financier of the tea party movement, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), has endorsed Lee and helped collect more than $200,000 to his senatorial campaign. This is more than the entire amount Lee's Democratic opponent, Sam Granato, has raised.