Dana Layton

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Dana Layton
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Utah House of Representatives District 60
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
Master'sBrigham Young University, Marriot School of Management
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Campaign website
Dana L. Layton is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 60. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Choices about how to best educate our kids must begin with parents, community councils and with local school boards who are directly accountable to those parents."

Business, Jobs & the Economy

  • Excerpt: "The best thing I can do as your representative is get government out of the way and let businesses create jobs."

Federal Encroachment/Maintaining State Sovereignty

  • Excerpt: "It is essential that the Utah Legislature fight back, and I have done so. As the State has become more addicted to federal dollars, we have become more vulnerable to federal encroachment and interference, and that trend must be reversed. It will be a long battle fought on many fronts, but the votes I have cast and will continue to cast will be to restore the sovereignty we have lost."

Protection of Personal Freedoms and Privacy

  • Excerpt: "Whether it be warrantless searches or our schools interrogating our kids about guns in our homes or other private issues, government at all levels must be reminded that the 4th Amendment means what it says, and that the government must have a very good reason to pry into our lives. The rights of all to due process must be paramount."

Criminal Justice System Reform

  • Excerpt: "Whether a criminal is in jail or not should be determined by the rule of law and the safety of the community – not whether the jail happens to have room or not. Likewise, justice delayed is justice denied, for victims, the guilty, and yes, the innocent. And ALL of us must have confidence that we will not have our rights trampled by a system that is intended to protect those rights."

Committee assignments


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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Labor
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Archie Williams, III was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Dana Layton was defeated by Bradley Daw in the Republican primary. Daw defeated Williams in the general election.[2][3]

Utah House of Representatives, District 60 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBradley Daw 54% 1,584
Dana Layton Incumbent 46% 1,347
Total Votes 2,931


See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Layton won election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 60. She and incumbent Bradley Daw defeated Jacob A.J. Siebach in the Republican convention. Layton subsequently defeated Daw in the June 26 Republican primary and defeated Emmanuel Kepas (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Utah House of Representatives, District 60, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDana Layton 83.9% 10,801
     Democratic Emmanuel Kepas 16.1% 2,075
Total Votes 12,876
Utah House of Representatives District 60 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDana Layton 54.9% 2,528
Bradley Daw Incumbent 45.1% 2,073
Total Votes 4,601

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Layton is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Layton raised a total of $20,604 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 18, 2013.[7]

Dana Layton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State House, District 60 Won $20,604
Grand Total Raised $20,604


Layton won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Layton raised a total of $20,604.
Utah House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dana Layton's campaign in 2012
Proper Role Of Government Defense Fund$3,828
Utah Association Of Realtors$2,000
Young, Tyler$1,000
Utah Society Of Anesthesiologists$1,000
Utah County Republican Party$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$20,604
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the 60th Utah State Legislature, first year, was in session from January 28 to March 14. In 2014, the 60th Utah State Legislature, second year, was in session from January 27 to March 14.

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The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[8] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.


Dana Layton received an index rating of 55%.

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