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Ben McAdams

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Ben McAdams
Ben McAdams.jpg
Utah State Senate District 2
Former officeholder
In office
2010 - November 13, 2012
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedDecember 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah
J.D.Columbia Law School
Office website
Campaign website
Ben McAdams is the Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor-elect and a former member of the Utah State Senate. He represented the 2nd Senate District from 2010 to 2012, after winning a special election to replace Scott McCoy.[1] McAdams resigned on November 13, 2012 after winning election as mayor.[2]

In June 2011, Governing Magazine named McAdams one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.[3]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McAdams was appointed to the following committees:


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



McAdams won election to the position of Mayor of Salt Lake County in 2012.[4]


See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2010

McAdams was re-elected to the 2nd District seat in 2010. Nancie Lee Davis was running for the seat on the Republican ticket, but was disqualified because of failure to file a financial disclosure. Republican Melvin Nimer replaced Davis on the Republican ticket, and was defeated by McAdams. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5][6]

Utah State Senate, District 2, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben McAdams (D) 13,663
Melvin Nimer (R) 4,863

Campaign donors


In 2010, McAdams received $93,199 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Utah State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ben McAdams's campaign in 2010
Utah State Senate Democrats$7,000
Slhnet Investments$5,000
McCoy For Senate$2,547
Chistofferson, Thomas$2,500
Wheeler, Seth$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $93,199


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.[8]


Ben McAdams received a score of 33% in the 2012 score card.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scott McCoy
Utah State Senate District 2
2010-November 13, 2012
Succeeded by