Douglas F. Bennett came to SUU from Washington, D.C., where he and his wife, Mary, lived for 25 years.  Mr. Bennett is now Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.  He attended the University of Utah and in 1976 served as President of the Associated Students of the University.  He holds B.S. degrees in political science (magna cum laude) and philosophy (magna cum laude) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah.


Doug's career in D.C. began in 1989 when he was appointed Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives.  As both Minority and Majority Counsel Mr. Bennett managed a broad portfolio of legislative issues including interstate and foreign commerce, trade, product liability, insurance and automobile safety standards.  He was lead counsel for the Common Sense Product Liability Act of 1995, the first comprehensive product liability reform passed by the House of Representatives.


Mr. Bennett represented Republican Members of Congress in the development of implementing legislation and congressional oversight for both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).  In 1994, Mr. Bennett was appointed a Congressional Delegate to the signing of the Uruguay Round in Marrakech, Morocco.  Mr. Bennett has lectured widely on trade, foreign investment, and product liability throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.


Upon leaving Capitol Hill in 1995, Mr. Bennett joined Public Strategies Washington, Inc. (PSW), as Vice President.  PSW is a D.C. based lobbying and government relations firm.  At PSW he represented Southwest Airlines, Bristol Myers Squibb, Honda North America, the Edison Electric Institute and other clients before Congress.  Mr. Bennett also directed client crisis management and worked on public relations issues.


In 1999, Mr. Bennett accepted the position of Vice President at Timmons and Company, one of Washington's premier lobbying boutiques.  At Timmons and Company Mr. Bennett represented clients including Daimler Chrysler, New York Life, Bristol Myers Squibb, Major League Baseball, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, Walt Disney, and the University of Utah.  On behalf of the University of Utah, working closely with members of the Utah delegation, Mr. Bennett managed a successful legislative campaign for a $15 million appropriation to help build the new Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City.


Mr. Bennett accepted an offer from the Liberty Mutual Group of Boston, MA, to become Vice President and open the Office of Federal Affairs in 2004.  Liberty Mutual is a Fortune 100 company with over 50,000 employees and 800 offices throughout the world.  Mr. Bennett directed Liberty Mutual's legislative and regulatory advocacy in Washington--including the successful re authorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act--and in 2005 was named Vice President for Federal and International Affairs. 


Mr. Bennett's international successes included securing a license for Liberty Mutual to conduct business in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  As Secretary of the Coalition of Service Industries, Mr. Bennett worked with APEC to advocate for liberalization of barriers in trade for financial services.


Mr. Bennett worked closely with the White House and United States Trade Representative to lower barriers to entry in the People's Republic of China.  Working with the U.S. Government and the Chinese Insurance Regulatory Committee, Mr. Bennett helped secure a license permitting Liberty Mutual to market third party liability insurance in China, the first such license issued to a non-Chinese company.


In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. Bennett has been active in Washington, D.C. community life.  He served for 10 years as a Trustee of Ford's Theatre and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Washington Campus, a 14 university consortium dedicated to teaching students about political, legislative and regulatory affairs in Washington. Mr. Bennett was a guest lecturer at Georgetown University and American University, and was frequently invited to speak or participate in symposia at The Brookings Institution.


In 2014, Mr. Bennett, like his ancestors before him, moved westward, having accepted an adjunct teaching position at Southern Utah University.  He was appointed Assistant Professor of Political Science and Department Chair in 2015.  As chair he has lead efforts to revitalize scholarships and foster student engagement.


Mr. Bennett and his wife, Mary, now live in Ivins, Utah.  Mary is a business consultant who volunteers at the Ivins Animal Shelter and is a Mustang Apprentice at Wind Horse Relations in Kayenta.  Both Doug and Mary love their new life.