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Utah House of Representatives District 47

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Utah House of Representatives District 47
Current incumbentKen Ivory Republican Party
Race89% White, 1% Black, 1% American Indian, 3% Asian, 2% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 3% Other, 2% Two or more races
Ethnicity81% Not Hispanic, 19% Hispanic
Voting age68% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Utah's forty-seventh state house district is represented by Republican Representative Ken Ivory.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 33,114 civilians reside within Utah's forty-seventh state house district.[1][2] Utah's state representatives represent an average of 36,852 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 29,776 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Utah House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Utah legislators assume office the first or second day of session (January).


To be eligible to serve in the Utah House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[5]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 25 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A three-year resident of Utah at the filing deadline time
  • A resident for 6 months of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • No person holding any public office of profit or trust under authority of the United States, or of this State, can be a member of the House of Representatives, provided, that appointments in the State Militia, and the offices of notary public, justice of the peace, United States commissioner, and postmaster of the fourth class, shall not, within the meaning of this section, be considered offices of profit or trust.
  • A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Utah for at least 30 days prior to the next election
* At least 18 years old by the next election
* His or her principal place of residence is in a specific voting precinct in Utah.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Utah Legislature are paid $117/day. Legislators receive $96/day for lodging each calendar day, tied to the federal rate. They also receive $61/day for meals.[6]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor is responsible for selecting a replacement. A liaison for the political party that last held the seat must recommend a successor to the Governor. The vacancy must be filled immediately. The person who is selected to the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[7]

If the vacancy happens after the nominating deadline in an election year, a new candidate must file papers in order to be on the ballot. This is only if the vacancy happens after September 1st and the unfilled term is set to expire at the end of the election. Nominating papers must be filed within 21 days after the vacancy happened.[8]



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 26, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Republican incumbent Ken Ivory defeated Democrat Joseph Huey and Libertarian Chase Lantis in the general election. Ivory and Huey were unopposed in the primary elections.[9][10]

Utah House of Representatives, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Ivory Incumbent 62.5% 7,354
     Democratic Joseph Huey 32.8% 3,856
     Libertarian Chase Lantis 4.7% 554
Total Votes 11,764

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Utah House of Representatives District 47 have raised a total of $231,137. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $13,596 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Utah House of Representatives District 47
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $37,951 2 $18,976
2010 $82,057 3 $27,352
2008 $18,847 3 $6,282
2006 $36,453 2 $18,227
2004 $18,847 3 $6,282
2002 $14,677 1 $14,677
2000 $22,305 3 $7,435
Total $231,137 17 $13,596

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