National Advisory Council

Joseph A. Cannon

Joseph A. Cannon

Membership Information:

Member Since: 1985


Janeal B. Cannon


Company: Deseret Morning News
Location: District of Columbia, United States


Joseph Angus Cannon (commonly known as Joe Cannon) (b. 1949)[1] was Chairman of the Utah Republican Party from 2002 to 2006. Cannon was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1992 (defeated by current 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.[2] 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. (source: While at BYU, he met his future wife, Jan Barney. The Cannons are the parents of seven children