Jim Dabakis

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Jim Dabakis
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Utah State Senate, District 2
In office
December 2012 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedDecember 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
James "Jim" Dabakis is a Democratic member of the Utah State Senate, representing District 2. He was first appointed to the chamber in December 2012. He was selected by party delegates to replace Ben McAdams, who resigned to assume the office of Mayor of Salt Lake County.[1]


Dabakis is an art dealer by trade. He is the former chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. He is the first openly gay leader of a Utah political party.[1][2]

Committee assignments


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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment
Revenue and Taxation
Administrative Rules Review



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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Incumbent Jim Dabakis was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Jacquie Nielson defeated George Chapman in the Republican primary. Dwight Barrett was eliminated in the Republican convention. Dabakis will face Nielson in the general election.[3][4]

Utah State Senate, District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacquie Nielson 60.3% 1,012
George Chapman 39.7% 666
Total Votes 1,678


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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.[5] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.


Jim Dabakis received an index rating of 19%.

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