Dan Liljenquist

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Dan Liljenquist
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Utah
Prior offices
Utah State Senate District 23
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
J.D.University of Chicago Law School
ReligionLatter Day Saints
Campaign website
Dan Liljenquist is a former Republican member of the Utah State Senate, representing the 23rd District from 2009 until his resignation on December 15, 2011.

He ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and lost in the primary.[1]

Liljenquist has worked as a strategy consultant for Bain and Company. He has also worked as Director of Operational Strategy for Affiliated Computer Services. He is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer for Focus Services, Limited Liability Company.

Liljenquist earned his B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Liljenquist's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Fiscal Leadership
Excerpt: "The biggest issue we face as a nation is out-of-control spending and our ever-expanding debt. We have had a generation of politicians who have pulled more and more power and more and more money to Washington, while simultaneously refusing to deal with the problems which threaten the very foundations of our republic – runaway spending."
  • Self-Reliance
Excerpt: "Along with fiscal leadership, we need to return to self-reliance - as families, as communities, as states and as a nation. We must live within our means. We must stop looking to government to solve our problems."
  • Strong Moral Roots
Excerpt: "With fiscal leadership and self-reliance, we must also return to our strong moral roots – those conservative values that have made this country great. Our Founding Fathers recognized that our rights are God-given and do not come from government. The series of checks and balances in our Constitution were meant to protect those rights against the government. "
  • State Sovereignty
Excerpt: "Our Founding Fathers were brilliant in many ways, but one of their greatest feats was creating a federal government with a balance of powers. The US House of Representatives was intended to represent the people, while the US Senate was established to represent the states."



See also: United States Senate elections in Utah, 2012

Liljenquist ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Utah. He and incumbent Orrin Hatch defeated Kevin Fisk, Dale Ash, Loy Arlan Brunson, Tim Aalders, Jeremy Friedbaum, Christopher Herrod, William Lawrence, and David Chiu in the Republican convention.[3] Hatch and Liljenquist went on to compete in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012, and Hatch won.[1]


On November 4, 2008, Liljenquist won election to the 23rd District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponents Richard Watson and Jorgina Hancock.[4]

Liljenquist raised $89,191 for his campaign, while Watson raised $8,963 and Hancock raised $20. [5]

Utah State Senate, District 20 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Liljenquist (R) 25,392 70.40%
Richard Watson (D) 9,455 26.2%
Jorgina Hancock (C) 1,198 3.3%

Campaign donors


In 2008, a year in which Liljenquist was up for election, he collected $89,191 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Daniel Liljenquist $12,00
Utah Manufacturers Association $8,000
Sheldon Killpack $5,000
Utah Republican Senate Campaign Committee $5,000


In May 2011, Governing Magazine named Liljenquist one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.[7]

In October 2011, Liljenquist was also named as one of Governing Magazine's nine "Public Officials of the Year." Liljenquist was the only state legislator among the honorees, who also included Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.[8] Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[9]


Liljenquist and his wife Brooke have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Eastman
Utah Senate District 23
Succeeded by
Todd Weiler