Joseph A. Cannon
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Joseph Angus "Joe" Cannon (born 1949) was Chairman of the Utah Republican Party from 2002 to 2006 and is currently the CEO of Fuel Freedom Foundation. Cannon was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1992 (defeated by former Senator Robert F. Bennett) and served as an assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1983 - 1985. He was named editor of the Deseret Morning News on December 8, 2006.
Cannon served a mission for the LDS Church in Ireland, and also for a time served on the Isle of Man, the ancestral homeland of the Cannons. Cannon received a degree in political science and, in 1977, a law degree from Brigham Young University.
Cannon played a pivotal role in the purchase of Geneva Steel from U.S. Steel in 1987. Subsequent to that transaction, he became Chairman of Geneva Steel. The company has twice filed for bankruptcy, most recently in 2002, and the Geneva Steel site will require up to $42 million in environmental remediation efforts, as the soil and water of the site are heavily polluted.
Family and personal life
Cannon is part of the well-known, politically powerful Cannon family of Utah. His brother, Chris Cannon, was a Congressman from 1997 until 2009, and he is also the grandson and great-grandson of Utah Congressmen, and cousin of other Utah Congressmen.
Cannon married Jan Barney, and they became the parents of seven children.
Among other positions in the LDS Church, Cannon has served as president of the BYU 6th Stake.
- Inferred from age given in LDS Church News article, January 13, 2007.
- Swensen, Jason. "Pioneer newspaper appoints new editor,"LDS Church News, January 13, 2007.
- Anderton, Dave. "Geneva cleanup plan OK'd," Deseret Morning News, July 8, 2004.
- LDS Church News, April 16, 1994
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