Howard Stephenson

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Howard Stephenson
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Utah State Senate District 11
Incumbent
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1975
Master'sBrigham Young University, 1977
Personal
Birthday11/07/1950
Place of birthFillmore, UT
ProfessionPublic Administrator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Howard A. Stephenson (b. November 7, 1950) is a Republican member of the Utah State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Biography

Stephenson earned his B.S. in Psychology/Aerospace Studies from Brigham Young University in 1975. He went on to receive his M.P.A. from Brigham Young University in 1977.

Stephenson has worked as a taxpayer advocate and a public administrator.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Revenue and Taxation
Administrative Rules Review, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Public education

Stephenson recently responded to Democratic talks of education reforms stating, "I'm looking forward to the details because any ideas for improving education are welcome and ought to be given fair consideration." This is in response to Democrats' claims of Republicans not representing their constituents' desires for education improvements.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Michele Weeks was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Howard Stephenson was unopposed in the Republican convention. Weeks and Stephenson will face off in the general election.[2]

2010

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2010

Stephenson was re-elected to the 11th District seat in 2010. He defeated Dave Hogue in the general election on November 2, 2010. Stephenson defeated Dwayne Nielson in the primary.[3][4]

Utah State Senate, District 11, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Howard Stephenson (R) 23,960
Dave Hogue (D) 7,602

2006

On November 7, 2006, Stephenson won re-election to the 11th District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponent Adam Ford.[5]

Stephenson raised $52,804 for his campaign, while Ford raised $26,280. [6]

Utah State Senate, District 11 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Howard Stehpenson (R) 15,575
Adam Ford (D) 8,187

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stephenson is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Stephenson raised a total of $251,124 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[7]

Howard Stephenson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $16,672
2010 Utah State Senate, District 11 Won $96,891
2008 Utah State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $19,350
2006 Utah State Senate, District 11 Won $52,804
2004 Utah State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $2,400
2002 Utah State Senate, District 11 Won $29,772
1998 Utah State Senate, District 04 Won $30,235
1996 Utah State Senate, District 04 Not up for election $3,000
Grand Total Raised $251,124

2012

Stephenson was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $16,672.
Utah State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Howard Stephenson's campaign in 2012
Sorenson, Beverly T$5,000
Comcast$1,500
Utah Technology Council$1,000
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Utah$1,000
Entertainment Software Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$16,672
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Stephenson won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $96,891.

2008

Stephenson was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $19,350.

2006

Stephenson won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $52,804.

2004

Stephenson was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $2,400.

2002

Stephenson won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $29,772.

1998

Stephenson won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $30,235.

1996

Stephenson was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Stephenson raised a total of $3,000.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Utah

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Utah scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013-2014

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.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on legislation related to women’s health, access to reproductive health care and education.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the organization's mission of promoting the "Principles of Limited Government, the State and U.S. Constitutions, Representative Government, Participatory Democracy, a Free Market Economy, Separation of Powers, and Family."
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills picked by Sutherland that promote conservative policy.
  • Legislators are scored based on the issue of education.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on taxpayer related bills.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to Common Core reforms.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes in relation to the organization's "mission to defend individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise."

2011-2012

In 2011, the 59th Utah State Legislature, first year, was in session from January 24 to March 10. In 2012, the 59th Utah State Legislature, second year, was in session from January 23 to March 8.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on legislation related to women’s health, access to reproductive health care and education.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the organization's mission of promoting the "Principles of Limited Government, the State and U.S. Constitutions, Representative Government, Participatory Democracy, a Free Market Economy, Separation of Powers, and Family."
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills picked by Sutherland that promote conservative policy.
  • Legislators are scored based on the issue of education.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on taxpayer related bills.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes in relation to the organization's "mission to defend individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise."

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.

2010

Howard Stephenson received an index rating of 87%.

2011

Howard Stephenson received an index rating of 50%.

2012

Howard Stephenson received an index rating of 60%.

2013

Howard Stephenson received an index rating of 64%.

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.[9]

2012

Howard Stephenson received a score of 100% in the 2012 score card.[10]

Personal

Stephenson and his wife Julie have five children.

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Utah Senate District 11
1993–present
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