Kevin Van Tassell

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Kevin Van Tassell
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Utah State Senate District 26
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionBanker
ReligionLatter Day Saints
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kevin T. Van Tassell is a Republican member of the Utah State Senate, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Van Tassell graduated from the American Banker's Commercial Lending School. He also attended Brigham Young University. He is a banker.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations and Political Subdivisions
Rules
Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology, Chair
Legislative Information Technology Steering
Native American Legislative Liaison

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Van Tassell's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Economy & Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Utah has a favorable tax structure for business, which allows the state to attract new business. Keeping our corporate tax structure reasonable pays dividends when companies choose to relocate high paying jobs to Utah."

Energy

  • Excerpt: "Unlike other states, Utah is proving that you can expect developers to use the most advanced, most environmentally-friendly technologies and still grow the energy economy. Yet our ability to develop them is being hampered by federal red tape and environmental agendas. It's time for Utah lands to be in Utah hands. It's our energy and our right to develop it."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Education requires funding, but what it really needs today is more innovation, autonomy from federal programs and a new era of fresh thinking. While we must maintain our priority to fund education at the highest levels possible, I’ll fight to reward education in Utah for working harder and smarter. The new Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs created by the legislature are a good example. There is no greater investment the state can make than in the preparation of those kids who will be our future workforce and our future leaders."

Infrastructure

  • Excerpt: "Over the past eight years, the Utah Legislature has done a good job balancing critical infrastructure needs with the need to maintain fiscally responsible bonding policies. As the state population grows, so will the demand on our infrastructure. We must maintain a disciplined approach to assessing and prioritizing needs for infrastructure."

Government’s Role

  • Excerpt: "Government has an important role to play in society, but I believe that the government should derive power from the people who are the masters of government. Wealth is created by the private sector not by the government. Government should be kept as close to the people as possible."

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Wayne Stevens was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Kevin Van Tassell defeated Susan Hacking Horrocks in the Republican convention. Stevens and Van Tassell will face off in the general election.[2]

2010

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2010

Van Tassell was re-elected to the 26th District seat in 2010. He defeated Paul Dowland (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3][4]

Utah State Senate, District 26 General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Van Tassell (R) 18,679
Paul Dowland (D) 7,455

2006

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Van Tassell won election to the 26th District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponents Roland Uresk and Sonya Ray.[5]

Van Tassell raised $78,126 for his campaign, while Uresk raised $4,278 and Ray raised $991. [6]

Utah State Senate, District 26 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Van Tassell (R) 13,562
Roland Uresk (D) 8,044
Sonya Ray (C) 1,807

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kevin Van Tassell is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Kevin Van Tassell raised a total of $153,840 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 12, 2013.[7]

Van Tassell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $21,159
2010 Utah State Senate, District 26 Won $51,955
2008 Utah State Senate, District 26 Not up for election $2,600
2006 Utah State Senate, District 26 Won $78,126
Grand Total Raised $153,840

2012

Van Tassell was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Van Tassell raised a total of $21,159.
Utah State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kevin Van Tassell's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Utah$2,500
Select Health$1,500
At&T$1,500
Newfield Pac$1,500
Central Utah Clinic$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$21,159
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Van Tassell won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Van Tassell raised a total of $51,955.

2008

Van Tassell was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Van Tassell raised a total of $2,600.

2006

Van Tassell won election to the Utah State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Van Tassell raised a total of $78,126.

Scorecards

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

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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 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 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

Kevin Van Tassell received an index rating of 67%.

2011

Kevin Van Tassell received an index rating of 46%.

2012

Kevin Van Tassell received an index rating of 40%.

2013

Kevin Van Tassell received an index rating of 43%.

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

Kevin Van Tassell received a score of 90% in the 2012 score card.[10]]</ref>

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Political offices
Preceded by
Beverly Evans
Utah Senate District 26
2007–present
Succeeded by
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