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John Knotwell

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John Knotwell
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Utah House of Representatives District 52
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
John Knotwell is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Revenue and Taxation


Campaign themes


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


  • Excerpt: "Government works best when government is open to the people. I encourage you to call me, text me, email me or reach out and follow me on social media. I will actively seek your involvement and encourage your participation in the process."

Keep Utah Strong

  • Excerpt: "Utah is consistently rated as one of the strongest economies in the nation. The fuel to the engine of a strong State economy is an educated workforce, low taxation and a limited governmental approach to regulation."

Maintain Fiscal Discipline

  • Excerpt: "As economic conditions improve, let’s keep our fiscal State budget in check and increase the State’s rainy day fund to a healthy level. Our heritage is one of frugality and savings. It has served us well and will continue to do so if we honor that legacy."


  • Excerpt: "As parents, Jill and I have made the choice to provide our children a public schooling education. As such, I am invested in providing mechanisms for a quality public education system."


  • Excerpt: "One of the vital roles of state government is to assist local municipalities with infrastructure needs. As the southwest part of Salt Lake County grows, additional infrastructure will be necessary to promote a thriving local economy."



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. Daniel Paget was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent John Knotwell was unopposed in the Republican convention. Knotwell defeated Paget in the general election.[2]

Utah House of Representatives District 52, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Knotwell Incumbent 76.5% 6,055
     Democratic Daniel Paget 23.5% 1,865
Total Votes 7,920


See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Knotwell won election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 52. Knotwell advanced past the Republican convention and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Utah House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Knotwell 73.6% 9,928
     Democratic Daniel Paget 21.9% 2,958
     Independent Aaron Davis 4.5% 601
Total Votes 13,487

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Knotwell is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Knotwell raised a total of $19,812 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 15, 2013.[4]

John Knotwell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State House, District 52 Won $19,812
Grand Total Raised $19,812


Knotwell won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Knotwell raised a total of $19,812.
Utah House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Knotwell's campaign in 2012
Knotwell, John$3,000
Utah Association Of Realtors$3,000
Salt Lake County Republican Party$1,295
Utah House Republican Elections Cmte$1,000
Osmond, Aaron$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$19,812
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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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  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills picked by Sutherland that promote conservative policy.
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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.


Stuart Adams received an index rating of 86%.

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Utah House of Representatives District 52
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