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Mike Lee

United States Senator

Mike Lee is an American politician and lawyer and the junior United States Senator from Utah. Lee began his career as a clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah before serving as a clerk for future Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. He then entered private practice before coming back to his home state and working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. Lee served as the general counsel in the office of the governor from 2005 to 2006. In 2010, at the outset of the Tea Party movement, Lee posed a primary challenge to incumbent three-term Republican Senator Bob Bennett. Lee defeated Bennett and business owner Tim Bridgewater during the nominating process at Utah Republican Party Convention. He then defeated Democratic candidate Sam Granato in the general election with 61% of the vote, to Granato's 32%. Lee is the son of former Reagan administration Solicitor General and founding BYU Law School Dean, Rex E. Lee.