Kraig Powell

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Kraig Powell
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Utah House of Representatives District 54
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWillamette University, 1989
Master'sUniversity of Virginia, 1992
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
Ph.D.University of Virginia, 2000
Personal
BirthdayMarch 18, 1966
Place of birthTacoma, WA
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionLatter-Day Saint
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kraig Powell (b. March 18, 1966) is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 54. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

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.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Government Operations
Retirement and Independent Entities, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Climate change

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."[1]

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.[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives 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. Glenn J. Wright was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Kraig Powell defeated Wylder Smith in the Republican convention. Wright and Powell will face off in the general election.[4]

2012

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[5]

Utah House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKraig Powell Incumbent 59.3% 9,252
     Democratic Chris Robinson 40.7% 6,356
Total Votes 15,608

2010

On November 2, 2010, Powell won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 54.[6]

2008

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 $6,855 and Thompson raised $17.[7]

Utah State House of Representatives, District 54 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kraig Powell (R) 9,353
Neil Anderton (D) 4,170
Douglas Thompson (C) 350

Campaign donors

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.[8]

Kraig Powell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State House, District 54 Won $21,405
2010 Utah State House, District 54 Won $4,962
2008 Utah State House, District 54 Won $33,875
Grand Total Raised $60,242

2012

Powell 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
Rowe, Bruce$1,680
Summit County Republican Party$1,200
Heiple, James D$1,000
Powell, Kim$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$21,405
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Powell won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Powell raised a total of $4,962.

2008

Powell won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Powell raised a total of $33,875.

Scorecards

The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[9] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.

2010

Kraig Powell received an index rating of 63%.

2011

Kraig Powell received an index rating of 40%.

2012

Kraig Powell received an index rating of 29%.

2013

Kraig Powell received an index rating of 32%.

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.[10]

2012

Kraig Powell received a score of 62% in the 2012 scorecard.[11]

Personal

Powell and his wife, Kim, have four children.

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2009-present
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