|Utah House of Representatives District 68|
|January 1, 2013 - present|
|December 31, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$95/day (lodging) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Utah House of Representatives|
|1991 - 1992|
|Bachelor's||Brigham Young University, 1979|
|J.D.||Brigham Young University, 1982|
|Date of birth||July 16, 1955|
Nelson earned both his B.S. and his J.D. from Brigham Young University. His professional experience includes working as a lawyer.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:
|Utah Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Economic Development and Workforce Services|
|• Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment|
|• Retirement and Independent Entities, Vice-chair|
Nelson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "I want to be not only the "education candidate," but a strong voice for education in the Utah Legislature. Legislators should not be adversaries of educators. Neither should the Legislature act as a "super-school board" and dictate the education decisions of parents and local elected boards, teachers, and administrators."
- Economic Development
- Excerpt: "I favor free markets. Economic freedom goes hand-in-hand with political freedom. I will work to eliminate government regulations that inhibit free enterprise and economic growth. This includes federal regulations that shut down coal-fired electric plants, close public lands to mining and energy development, and place predators on grazing lands with livestock."
- Excerpt: "Federal payments for healthcare merely drive up the cost of health care, just as federal loan guaranties inflated the housing market and the cost of higher education. Socialized medicine is breaking the federal budget and will break state budgets as well unless we push back."
- Illegal Immigration
- Excerpt: "My heart goes out to families in other countries racked by poverty, crime, and violence. I too would seek a better life in another country. However, immigration must be legal and ordered, and defiance of our laws cannot be ignored. We must stop illegal immigration and enforce the sanctity of our borders and our laws."
- Second Amendment
- Excerpt: "I fully support our constitutional right to bear arms."
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. Incumbent Merrill Nelson was unopposed in the Republican convention. Rett Rowley, an Independent American candidate, was disqualified from the general election ballot. Nelson was unopposed in the general election. Cindy Vincent (R) withdrew before the primary.
Nelson won election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 68. He advanced past the Republican convention, defeated incumbent Bill Wright in the June 26 Republican primary, and defeated Thomas Nedreberg (D) and Paul McCollaum, Jr. (Constitution) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Utah House of Representatives, District 68, General Election, 2012|
|Constitution||Paul McCollaum, Jr.||7.2%||953|
|Utah House of Representatives District 68 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Bill Wright Incumbent||47.7%||1,744|
Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $36,428 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 18, 2013.
|Merrill Nelson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Utah State House, District 68||$23,001|
|1998||Utah State Senate, District 13||$13,427|
|Grand Total Raised||$36,428|
2012Nelson won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $23,001.
|Utah House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Merrill Nelson's campaign in 2012|
|Utah Education Association||$2,494|
|Dee, Brad L||$2,313|
|Utah Association Of Realtors||$2,000|
|Utah House Republican Elections Cmte||$2,000|
|Tooele County Republican Party||$1,900|
|Total Raised in 2012||$23,001|
|Source:Follow the Money|
1998Nelson lost the election for the Utah State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $13,427.
|Utah State Senate 1998 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Merrill Nelson's campaign in 1998|
|Utah Republican Party||$6,723|
|Senate Republican Campaign Account||$2,500|
|Hospital Corp Of America||$500|
|Alliant Techsystems UT||$500|
|Total Raised in 1998||$13,427|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.
Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.
- Planned Parenthood Action Council: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- 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.
- Parents for Choice in Education: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on the issue of education.
- Utah Sierra Club: 2013/2014 Legislative Scorecards
- Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to environmental and conservation issues.
- Utah Taxpayers Association: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- Utah Taxpayers Association: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on taxpayer related bills.
- Utahns Against Common Core: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
- 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."
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.
Merrill Nelson received an index rating of 48%.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Merril + Nelson + Utah + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Utah State Legislature
- Utah House of Representatives
- Utah House of Representatives Committees
- Utah Joint Committees
- Utah House of Representatives District 68
- Official campaign website
- Rep. Nelson's website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 1998
- MerrillNelscon.com, "Campaign website, Issues," accessed April 1, 2014
- Utah Lieutenant Governor, "2014 Candidate Filings," accessed March 22, 2014
- Lieutenant Governor's Office, "Utah 2012 candidate filings," accessed March 29, 2014
- C-SPAN, "AP Elections Results Utah - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 27, 2012
- Utah.Gov, "2012 Primary Election Results," accessed July 24, 2012 (dead link)
- Follow the Money, "Nelson, Merrill," accessed June 18, 2013
- Libertas Institute, "Legislator Indexes," accessed January 21, 2014
Bill Wright (R)
|Utah House of Representatives District 68
| Succeeded by|