Daniel W. Thatcher

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Daniel W. Thatcher
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Utah State Senate District 12
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Daniel W. Thatcher is a Republican member of the Utah State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Thatcher's professional experience includes working as an independent electronics and low voltage wiring contractor. He co-founded the Salt Lake County Young Republicans chapter and held various elected positions in the Salt Lake County Republican Party. His official biography describes him as self-educated.

Committee assignments


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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Operations and Political Subdivisions
Health and Human Services
Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice
Retirement and Independent Entities


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



See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah State Senate 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. Legrand Peeples was defeated Clare Collard in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Daniel W. Thatcher defeated Vicki Griffith in the Republican convention. Collard and Thatcher will face off in the general election.[1]


See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2010

Thatcher defeated incumbent Brent H. Goodfellow (D) in the November 2 general election. Thatcher defeated James L. Leigh in the June 22 primary.[2]

Utah State Senate, District 12, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel W. Thatcher (R) 9,432
Brent Goodfellow (D) 8,281

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thatcher is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Thatcher raised a total of $32,916 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[3]

Daniel W. Thatcher's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State Senate, District 12 Not up for election $15,999
2010 Utah State Senate, District 12 Won $16,917
Grand Total Raised $32,916


Thatcher was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thatcher raised a total of $15,999.
Utah State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Daniel W. Thatcher's campaign in 2012
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte Of Utah$8,500
Scott K Jenkins Campaign Fund$2,500
Utah Association Of Realtors$2,000
Above Training$1,000
Utah County Legislative PAC$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$15,999
Source:Follow the Money


Thatcher won election to the Utah State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Thatcher raised a total of $16,917.


The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[4] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.


Daniel Thatcher received an index rating of 62%.


Daniel Thatcher received an index rating of 58%.


Daniel Thatcher received an index rating of 50%.

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.[5]


Daniel W. Thatcher received a score of 92% in the 2012 score card.[6]


Thatcher was born and raised in West Valley City, UT. He is not married.

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