LaVar Christensen

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LaVar Christensen
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Utah House of Representatives District 32
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1977
J.D.McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific, 1980
Personal
BirthdayAugust 18, 1953
Place of birthUpland, CA
ProfessionBusiness Owner, Real Estate Development
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
LaVar Christensen is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He represented District 48 from 2011 to 2013, and has represented District 32 since January 1, 2013.

Biography

Christensen received a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific. He is a real estate developer and private attorney.

During his time in law school, Christensen was a legislative assistant for the Governor of California (1978), and also a judicial law clerk (1979-1980).

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services, Vice-chair
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Alain Balmanno was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent LaVar Christensen defeated Austin Linford in the Republican convention. Balmanno will face Christensen in the general election.[1]

2012

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Christensen won re-election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 32 due to redistricting. Christensen defeated Austin Linford in the Republican convention and defeated Alain Balmanno (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Utah House of Representatives, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLaVar Christensen Incumbent 66.8% 10,940
     Democratic Alain Balmanno 33.2% 5,426
Total Votes 16,366

2010

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Christensen won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 48.[3]

Utah House of Representatives, District 48 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png LaVar Christensen (R) 5,327
Trisha Beck (D) 4,675

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Christensen is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Christensen raised a total of $254,393 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 15, 2013.[4]

LaVar Christensen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State House, District 32 Won $54,858
2010 Utah State House, District 48 Won $43,267
2008 Utah State House, District 48 Defeated $80,678
2004 Utah State House, District 48 Won $33,350
2002 Utah State House, District 48 Won $42,240
Grand Total Raised $254,393

2012

Christensen won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $54,858.
Utah House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to LaVar Christensen's campaign in 2012
Christensen, LaVar$11,788
Christensen Law Firm$7,000
2010 Account Balance Transfer$4,574
Rawlings, William R$3,000
William O Perry & Associates$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$54,858
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Christensen won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $43,267.

2008

Christensen lost the election for the Utah House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $80,678.

2004

Christensen won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $33,350.

2002

Christensen won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Christensen raised a total of $42,240.

Scorecards

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

2011

LaVar Christensen received an index rating of 54%.

2012

LaVar Christensen received an index rating of 53%.

2013

LaVar Christensen 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.[6]

2012

LaVar Christensen received a score of 92% in the 2012 scorecard.[7]

Personal

Christensen and his wife, Sue, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Cox (R)
Utah House of Representatives District 32
2013-present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Trisha Beck (D)
Utah House of Representatives District 48
2010-2013
Succeeded by
Keven Stratton (R)