|Utah House of Representatives District 54|
|2009 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Per diem||$96/day (lodging) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Willamette University, 1989|
|Master's||University of Virginia, 1992|
|J.D.||University of Virginia School of Law, 1995|
|Ph.D.||University of Virginia, 2000|
|Birthday||March 18, 1966|
|Place of birth||Tacoma, WA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See Also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Powell earned his B.A. in Political Science/English from Willamette University in 1989. He went on to receive his M.A. in Government from the University of Virginia in 1992. He then received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1995. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Powell was a Briefing Attorney for the Texas Court of Appeals in 1995. He then worked as a Senior Law Clerk for the Illinois Supreme Court from 1996 to 2000. He has worked as an attorney for Tesch Law Offices since 2001.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Powell served on the following committees:
|Utah Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Government Operations|
|• Retirement and Independent Entities, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Powell served on the following committees:
|Utah Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Government Operations, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Powell served on the following committees:
|Utah Committee Assignments, 2009|
Powell has expressed concerns about climate change and the "politicization" of science. In a statement recorded by the The Park Record, Powell said that, "We're seeing what we can do to transform the partisan debate between the GOP and Democrats on climate and energy issues. It's become much more about allegiance and party than science and dialogue." Powell noted that a new generation of university-educated young people have been taught about climate change, and legislators have been comparatively slow to act. "I've talked with enough of these academics to convince myself that they have established a case that there is a human-caused phenomenon that we're experiencing that's unprecedented that's due to modern industrial activity. It bothers me to hear Republicans dismiss science as 'junk science' or subjective."
Raising smoking age
Powell drafted a bill that would raise the legal smoking age in Utah from 19 to 21. He noted that research, including research from other governments that are considering this change, suggests that raising the age would reduce overall levels of addition to smoking. "Studies show that an overwhelming majority of smokers try their first cigarette well before age 18. But the thing that caught my eye is they also say that the age when they become addicted (daily smokers) is closer to age 20," Powell said. He also noted that reducing illness caused by cigarettes would reduce the strain on the state's health care system. "It's not just the cost in terms of human suffering, it's also a cost in terms of our taxpayers' budgets," argued Powell.
Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on June 24, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Glenn J. Wright is unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Kraig Powell will face Wylder Smith in the Republican convention.
Powell won re-election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 54. He ran unopposed in the June 26 Republican primary and defeated Chris Robinson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Utah House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Kraig Powell Incumbent||59.3%||9,252|
On November 4, 2008, Powell won election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 54 defeating opponents Neil Anderton (D) and Douglas Thompson (C).
Powell raised $33,875 for his campaign while Anderton raised $6,855and Thompson raised $17.
|Utah State House of Representatives, District 54 (2008)|
|Kraig Powell (R)||9,353|
|Neil Anderton (D)||4,170|
|Douglas Thompson (C)||350|
Comprehensive donor information for Powell is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Powell raised a total of $60,242 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 18, 2013.
|Kraig Powell's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Utah State House, District 54||$21,405|
|2010||Utah State House, District 54||$4,962|
|2008||Utah State House, District 54||$33,875|
|Grand Total Raised||$60,242|
2012Powell won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Powell raised a total of $21,405.
|Utah House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kraig Powell's campaign in 2012|
|Wasatch County Republican Party||$3,000|
|Summit County Republican Party||$1,200|
|Heiple, James D||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$21,405|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Powell won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Powell raised a total of $4,962.
|Utah House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kraig Powell's campaign in 2010|
|Uintah County Republican Party||$250|
|Total Raised in 2010||$4,962|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Powell won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Powell raised a total of $33,875.
|Utah House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Kraig Powell's campaign in 2008|
|Wasatch County Republican Party||$2,000|
|Utah House Republican Elections Cmte||$2,000|
|Townsend, Duane & Joan||$1,000|
|Mcmanus, Patrick J||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2008||$33,875|
|Source:Follow the Money|
The Libertas Institute Index
The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah. Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.
Kraig Powell received an index rating of 63%.
Kraig Powell received an index rating of 40%.
Kraig Powell received an index rating of 29%.
Kraig Powell received an index rating of 32%.
The Sutherland Institute Scorecard
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.
Kraig Powell received a score of 62% in the 2012 scorecard.
Powell and his wife, Kim, have four children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Kraig + Powell + Utah + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Utah State Legislature
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- Utah House of Representatives - Rep. Kraig Powell
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- The Park Record, "Former representative encouraging climate change dialogue," September 10, 2013
- The Salt Lake Tribune, "Lawmakers seek to raise Utah smoking age to 21," October 3, 2013
- KSL, "Utah House bill seeks to save lives by raising legal smoking age," October 2, 2013
- Utah Lieutenant Governor, "2014 Candidate Filings," accessed March 22, 2014
- Lieutenant Governor's Office, "Utah 2012 candidate filings," accessed March 29, 2014
- Utah Election Results, "Utah House of Representatives election results," accessed March 29, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 Utah Election Fundraising, Candidates," accessed March 29, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Powell, Kraig," June 18, 2013
- Libertas Institute, "Legislator Indexes," accessed January 21, 2014
- Sutherland Institute, "2012 Legislative Session," accessed March 29, 2014
- Sutherland Institute, "Legislative Socrecard," accessed March 29, 2014
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