EP 528 – Congressman Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams represented Utah's 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He's a Latter-day Saint and a Democrat. Hear his story.
What does it mean to be a Latter-day Saint representing Utah in the U.S. House of Representatives while also being a Democrat? Ben McAdams, the former congressman from Utah’s fourth district, joins us on the show this week to discuss that very thing. Learn more about Ben’s history in politics as well as his views in a number of areas, such as:
  • How does it feel being a member of the Church in congress?
  • How does it feel being a member of the Church in the Democratic Party instead of the Republican Party?
  • How does it feel as a Democrat in a highly Republican church?
  • What are your feelings on political tribalism within Latter-day Saint culture?
  • Do your religious views inform your political ones?
  • What were your thoughts on President Oaks’ recent remarks on the divine nature of the U.S. Constitution as they relate to political parties?
  • After running against two Latter-day Saints, both of whom are black, how do you feel about the politics of race and gender in Utah politics and in the Church?
  • As a Democrat and a Latter-day Saint, what views do you have on abortion and how do you reconcile those with your party and your religion?
  • The sometimes complicated dynamic of politics and running against fellow Latter-day Saints.
  • As one of the first members of congress to have COVID-19, how do you feel about anti-vaxxers, particularly within our faith?
Ben is a wonderful guest. We hope you enjoy the interview. If you do, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

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