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Bill Wright
Bill Wright.jpg
Utah House of Representatives District 68
Former member
In office
1989 - 2001, 2009 - 2013
Utah House of Representative, Speaker Pro Tempore
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day for lodging, $61/day for meals
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah State Senate
2001 - 2005
Date of birthApril 20, 1947
Place of birthAmerican Fork, UT
ProfessionAgriculture/Dairy Farmer
(dead link) Office website
Campaign website
Bill Wright is a former Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 68 from December 2009 to January 2013. Wright was selected to fill the remaining term of Bradley Winn.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Lands
Excerpt: "We have thousands of acres of state land which are not federal properties, however the feds have denied access to our own property which was created for the states use. This recourse would not only benefit all Utah but enhance monies for education without raising taxes on our citizens."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Some solutions decentralize the process. We should by all means encourage schools, colleges and vocational training. Common sense should be taught. The good sense of the people will always be found to be our best protection. As we may drift with false educational ideas. Common sense will lead us to correction our cause."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Prosperity is not only a function of how much you make. it is a result of an economic wellness. Being able to keep the reward from your labors provides economic wellness in our communities."



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wright ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 68. He and Merrill Nelson defeated William Craig, Jeff McNeil, and Terry Pierce in the Republican convention. Nelson subsequently defeated Wright in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. Nelson faces Democratic candidate Thomas Nedreberg in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Utah House of Representatives District 68 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMerrill Nelson 52.3% 1,910
Bill Wright Incumbent 47.7% 1,744
Total Votes 3,654


See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wright was re-elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010. Wright defeated Ron Barlow in the May 8 GOP convention. On November 2, 2010, Wright defeated Gary R Van Horn (Constitution).[5]

Utah House of Representatives, District 68, 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Wright (R) 6,556
Gary R Van Horn (C) 1,428

Campaign donors


In 2010, Wright received $11,011 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below.[6]


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]


Bill Wright received a score of 100% in the 2012 scorecard.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bradley Winn (R)
Utah House of Representatives District 68
Succeeded by
Merrill Nelson (R)