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Jake Garn

Former U.S. Senator & Astronaunt

Jake Garn served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He is a retired Brigadier General in the Utah Air National Guard, and has logged more than 10,000 hours of pilot time. He is a former insurance executive and served as Mayor of Salt Lake City prior to his election to the United States Senate in 1974. He served six years as Chairman of the Senate Committee on banking, housing and urban affairs. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and served as chairman for six years of the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies subcommittee. He also served on the subcommittees on energy and water development, defense, military construction and interior. He was a member of the energy and natural resources committee and served on three subcommittees, public lands, national parks and forests; research and development; and water and power. He was also a member of the Senate Rules Committee and served three terms as Secretary of the Republican Conference. As Senator, he was re-elected to a second term in 1980 and a third term in 1986, with 74 percent of the vote in each election. In November, 1984, Senator Garn was invited by NASA to fly as a payload specialist on the space shuttle Discovery on Flight 51-D. During the seven-day flight, he performed various medical tests. Discovery Flight 51-D landed at Cape Canaveral on April 19, 1985, after orbiting the earth 109 times.

In Dec. 1992, Senator Garn received the very prestigious aviation award, The Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Garn retired on Jan. 3, 1993, from the United States Senate after three terms (18 years) to return to Utah. He currently serves as vice-Chairman, Huntsman Corporation, in Salt Lake City. He serves on Boards of Dean Witter Morgan Stanley Advisors (New York City), American Association for the Advancement of Science, United Space Alliance and United States Space Foundation (Colorado Springs). He is also involved in numerous local private/public sector endeavors which include serving on the boards of Franklin Covey, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inter-mountain Health Care and the Salt Lake City Airport Authority.

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