Bennett could take job at University of Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Sen. Bob Bennett will leave the Congress in January and may be looking at a job in the world of academia.

Bennett says he's in talks with the University of Utah about the possibility of a position with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

"I don't want to just sit around," Bennett said Tuesday in his Salt Lake City office after an interview with institute director Kirk Jowers.

Jowers says Bennett could teach seminars and take part in research projects.

"He can help us organize great conferences, incredible speeches, where we bring in some of his colleagues and peers he's met through his 18 years back in Washington and help us address cutting-edge issues with some of the most important figures in the country," Jowers said.

Bennett graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in political science. He says he's excited by the possibility of returning to the school.

Under ethics rules that apply to senators, Bennett can't announce any final details until after January, when his replacement, Mike Lee, will be sworn in as Utah's newest senator.


Story written with contributions from Amy Choate-Nielsen.

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