Allen Christensen

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Allen Christensen
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Utah State Senate District 19
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday09/27/1946
Place of birthOgden, Utah
ProfessionPediatric Dentist
ReligionLatter Day Saints
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Allen M. Christensen is a Republican member of the Utah State Senate, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Christensen attended Brigham Young University, Utah State University and Weber State in 1969. He went on to earn his DDS from the University of the Pacific in 1973. He then received his Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Oregon Health Sciences in 1978.

Christensen has worked as a pediatric dentist since 1973.

Christensen's political experience began with his service as a board member on the Weber County Mosquito Abatement District in 1987. He then served as councilman for North Ogden City Council from 1986 to 1994. He was a Republican County and State Delegate in 2000 and again in 2004.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Christensen served on the following committees:

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics
Health and Human Services
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Christensen served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Christensen served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Christensen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Education

  • Excerpt: "Public and Higher Education needs to remain our number one budget priority. We have made great strides in education funding over the past four years and we need to continue to do so. I believe our teachers are heroes and they deserve to make a decent living. "

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I sincerely believe we need to return to our historic belief in personal responsibility. That said, there are some things only government can do for a society. In those areas we need to be efficient, compassionate, and effective. "

Human Dignity

  • Excerpt: "The principle of personal responsibility also factors into this equation. Taking charge of one's own life cultivates personal pride and dignity."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: "The task force is hearing some very compelling testimony from both sides and learning the real facts about the problem, including just what can and cannot be done at the state level. I will support the recommendations of the task force."

Healthcare Reform

  • Excerpt: "I believe the appropriate role of Government is mediator with a club standing in the middle and ready to force a compromise, if necessary. When that is accomplished, government should back off, let the solution work and be as little involved as possible."

Elections

2012

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2012

Christensen won re-election in the 2012 election for Utah State Senate District 19. Christensen defeated Dan Deuel in the Republican convention and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Utah State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Christensen Incumbent 60.7% 19,941
     Democratic Peter Conover Clemens 33.8% 11,096
     Libertarian Courtney White 5.5% 1,798
Total Votes 32,835

2008

On November 4, 2008, Christensen won re-election to the 19th District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponent Bill Hansen.[3]

Christensen raised $50,696 for his campaign, while Hansen raised $16,967. [4]

Utah State Senate, District 19 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Allen Christensen (R) 21,630 62.8%
Bill Hansen (D) 12,788 37.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Christensen is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Christensen raised a total of $156,335 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.[5]

Allen Christensen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State Senate, District 19 Won $49,880
2010 Utah State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $7,200
2008 Utah State Senate, District 19 Won $50,696
2006 Utah State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $3,600
2004 Utah State Senate, District 19 Won $44,959
Grand Total Raised $156,335

2012

Christensen won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $49,880.
Utah State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Allen Christensen's campaign in 2012
Republican Senate Campaign Cmte of Utah$4,000
Utah Senate Republican Campaign Cmte$2,500
Utah League of Credit Unions$2,000
Utah Dental Association$2,000
Weber County Republican Party$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$49,880
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Christensen was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $7,200.
Utah State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Allen Christensen's campaign in 2012
Utah Association Of Realtors$3,500
Reagan Outdoor Advertising$700
Regence Bluecross Blueshield Of Utah$500
Medco Health Solutions$500
Sorensen, Beverly T$500
Total Raised in 2012$7,200
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Christensen won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $50,696.

2006

Christensen was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $3,600.

2004

Christensen won election to the Utah State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $44,959.

Scorecards

The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[6] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.

2010

Allen Christensen received an index rating of 62%.

2011

Allen Christensen received an index rating of 38%.

2012

Allen Christensen received an index rating of 45%.

2013

Allen Christensen received an index rating of 45%.

The Sutherland Institute Scorecard

See also: The 2012 Sutherland Institute Legislative Score Card

The Sutherland Institute, "a conservative public policy think tank" in Utah, releases its Scorecard for Utah State Representatives and Senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Sutherland Institute thought were pro-conservative policies.[7]

2012

Allen Christensen received a score of 100% in the 2012 score card.[8]

Personal

Christensen and his wife Janis have six children.

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Utah Senate District 19
2005–present
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