Robert Spendlove

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Robert Spendlove
Utah House of Representatives, District 49
In office
January 16, 2014
Years in position 1
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sColorado Mesa University
Master'sUniversity of Utah
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Spendlove is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 49. Spendlove was first appointed to office on January 16, 2014, to succeed Derek Brown.[1]


Spendlove worked for Governor Gary Herbert as the Deputy for State and Federal Relations. He worked for the state from 1999 to 2014. Spendlove worked as the policy director and director of federal relations at Utah Governor's Office, chief economist and state demographer at State of Utah, and as a research analyst at Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.[2][3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Spendlove served on the following committees:

Utah Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Development and Workforce Services
Health and Human Services, Vice-Chair


Campaign themes


Spendlove's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]

Economic Development and Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "As an economist I have spent most of my career focused on strengthening Utah’s economy and positioning our state for success. The best way to grow an economy is for government to give businesses the tools to succeed and then get out of their way."


  • Excerpt: "Without a well-educated population nothing else is possible. This year in the legislature we were able to increase per student funding by $62.5 million and add an extra $65 million for growth in our student population. I will continue to focus on education as a priority with the goals of empowering parents, teachers, and students."

States Rights

  • Excerpt: "The framers of our Constitution intended for the majority of powers to be at the state level, not at the federal level. However, ever since the passage of the national income tax in 1913 the power has shifted away from the states and towards the federal government."
  • Excerpt: "I sponsored and passed the Concurrent Resolution to Protect State Funds, which calls on Congress to allow states to withhold and redirect federal income tax funds when a state refuses federal funding on programs. I will continue the push to ensure that powers are returned to states, where they belong."


  • Excerpt: "I have led the fight to overturn Obamacare and to define the “replace” model in “repeal and replace.” We need to develop a strong healthcare strategy that will continue to help those in need while moving the balance of power away from the federal government and toward state control."

Air Quality

  • Excerpt: "I am proud to have co-sponsored or supported each of the air quality bills that passed during the past legislative session. I will continue working on these important issues. However, the government should focus more on education and encouragement rather than regulation and punishment when it comes to air quality."



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. Zach Robinson defeated Mark Quigley in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Robert Spendlove was unopposed in the Republican convention. Spendlove defeated Robinson in the general election.[5]

Utah House of Representatives District 49, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Spendlove Incumbent 56.9% 6,575
     Democratic Zach Robinson 43.1% 4,985
Total Votes 11,560


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In 2014, Spendlove's endorsements include the following:[6]


Spendlove is married and has four children.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Derek Brown (R)
Utah House of Representatives District 49
Succeeded by