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Ralph Okerlund
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Utah State Senate District 24
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Leadership
State Senate Majority Leader
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Monroe City Mayor
Monroe City Council
Education
Associate'sDixie College, 1972
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah, 1973
Personal
ProfessionFarmer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ralph Okerlund is the Republican Majority Leader of the Utah State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Okerlund earned his A.A. from Dixie College in 1972. He went on to receive his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah in 1973.

Okerlund worked as a teacher for South Sevier High School and Middle School from 1973 to 1978. He was a Dairyman from 1978 to 2008. He is currently a farmer, and has worked in that career since 1978.

Okerlund's political experience began with his service on the Monroe City Council, as well as the Monroe City Mayor. He has served as the Sevier County Commissioner since 1995.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development and Workforce Services
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment
Legislative Management
Rural Development Legislative Liaison

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Okerlund's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Putting Utah's back to work is the biggest issue facing our State. Utah is doing better than nearly every other State, bur we can improve. There are numerous reforms we can, and must do to promote prosperity for the families and businesses of our State."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I am proud of our area and my first pledge will be to do everything I can to ensure each child is best served. We can work together to ensure our state becomes a leader educating children. First off, I want to say to our great teachers - I consider it an honor to support you and your efforts."
  • Public Lands
Excerpt: "The public lands that make up a huge part of Senate District 24 are critical to the economic development of our rural counties. We must ensure that access to these lands is not limited. These lands are much of the economic engine for the rural areas of Utah. They provide abundant natural resources and it is in our best interest to continue responsibly developing the resources."

Elections

2012

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2012

Okerlund won re-election in the 2012 election for Utah State Senate District 24. Okerlund defeated Patrick Painter in the June 26 Republican primary and defeated Trestin Meacham (C) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Utah State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Okerlund Incumbent 86.4% 29,588
     Constitution Trestin Meacham 13.6% 4,647
Total Votes 34,235
Utah State Senate District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Okerlund Incumbent 61.1% 7,278
Patrick Painter 38.9% 4,626
Total Votes 11,904

2008

On November 4, 2008, Okerlund won election to the 24th District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponents Tobiah Dillon and Benton Petersen.[4]

Buttars raised $35,306 for his campaign, while Dillon raised $5,588 and Petersen raised $0. [5]

Utah State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Okerlund (R) 19,073 67.60%
Tobiah Dillon (D) 6,571 22.9%
Benton Petersen (C) 2,666 9.5%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Okerlund is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Okerlund raised a total of $162,243 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 12, 2013.[6]

Ralph Okerlund's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State Senate, District 24 Won $115,987
2010 Utah State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $10,950
2008 Utah State Senate, District 24 Won $35,306
Grand Total Raised $162,243

2012

Okerlund won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Okerlund raised a total of $115,987.
Utah State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Okerlund's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Utah$13,500
Ryan Benson Stagg Consulting$5,000
Flying X Ranch$5,000
Altria$3,500
Utah Association Of Realtors$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$115,987
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Okerlund was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Okerlund raised a total of $10,950.

2008

Okerlund won election to the Utah State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Okerlund raised a total of $35,306.

Scorecards

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

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.

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

2010

Ralph Okerlund received an index rating of 67%.

2011

Ralph Okerlund received an index rating of 46%.

2012

Ralph Okerlund received an index rating of 50%.

2013

Ralph Okerlund received an index rating of 24%.

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.[8]

2012

Ralph Okerlund received a score of 100% in the 2012 score card.[9]

Personal

Okerlund and his wife Cindy have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leonard Blackham
Utah Senate District 24
2009–present
Succeeded by
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