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Val Peterson

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Val Peterson
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Utah House of Representatives District 59
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
Master'sBrigham Young University
Ph.D.Brigham Young University
Military service
Service/branchUtah National Guard
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Val L. Peterson is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 59. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Peterson received a B.A. in communications and public relations, a M.A. in mass communications, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Brigham Young University, and an M.S. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Before his election, Peterson was Vice President of Administration and Legislative Affairs at Utah Valley University. He is a colonel in the Utah National Guard, where he has served for 26 years. Peterson has been a state and county delegate in the Republican Party, and was finance chair for the Utah County Republican Party in 2009.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Rules
Transportation, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

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

Guns & 2nd Amendment

  • Excerpt: "I believe in an armed citizenship and the rights to purchase possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: "I support the law of the land and believe that first and foremost we must protect our borders."

States Rights

  • Excerpt: "I will sustain and make every effort to pass laws that will support our governor and attorney general in joining with other states in defending Utah’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment in rolling back the federal government to its proper and appropriate roll."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "I will champion the free markets and lessen governmental burdens on businesses, which are the engines of prosperity for quality employment."

Ethics Reform

  • Excerpt: "I support the ethics reform that was passed during the last legislative session, which provides for transparency in gifts or meals and creates an ethics review commission which will oversee, investigate and discipline ethics violations."

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Incumbent Val Peterson was unopposed in the Republican convention. Peterson is unopposed in the general election.[2]

2012

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Peterson won re-election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 59. He ran unopposed in the June 26 Republican primary and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Utah House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVal Peterson Incumbent 85.3% 9,971
     Libertarian Kenny Barlow 7.5% 880
     Constitution Benjamin Norton 7.2% 840
Total Votes 11,691

2010

On November 2, 2010, Peterson won election to the Utah House of Representatives, District 59.[4]

Utah House of Representatives, District 59 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Val Peterson (R) 4,376
James Greer (D) 922

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peterson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Peterson raised a total of $50,022 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 18, 2013.[5]

Val Peterson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State House, District 59 Won $22,069
2010 Utah State House, District 59 Won $27,953
Grand Total Raised $50,022

2012

Peterson won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $22,069.
Utah House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Val Peterson's campaign in 2012
Utah Association Of Realtors$1,500
Reagan Outdoor Advertising$1,000
Utah House Republican Elections Cmte$1,000
Utah County Republican Party$1,000
Workers Compensation Fund Of Utah$600
Total Raised in 2012$22,069
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Peterson won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $27,953.

Scorecards

The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[6] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.

2011

Val Peterson received an index rating of 53%.

2012

Val Peterson received an index rating of 35%.

2013

Val Peterson received an index rating of 36%.

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.[7]

2012

Val Peterson received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard.[8]

Personal

Peterson lives with his wife, Ann.

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Utah House of Representatives District 59
2011-present
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