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Donna McAleer
Donna McAleer.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Utah, District 1
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWest Point Military Academy
Master'sUniversity of Virginia, Charlottesville
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
ProfessionRetired Military, Management Consultant
Campaign website
Donna McAleer campaign logo
Donna McAleer is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Utah.[1] On April 26, 2014, McAleer won the Democratic nomination with 66 percent of the vote.[2]

McAleer unsuccessfully sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Utah. She lost in the general election to Rob Bishop (R) on November 6, 2012.[3]


McAleer graduated from West Point. During her military career, "she was stationed in Wurzburg, Germany and served as a platoon leader, company executive officer and deputy public affairs officer with various units in the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and 7th Corps."[4] In 1991, she retired from the Army and earned her MBA at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After graduate school, she worked as a management consultant. She was then the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic. In 2013, McAleer served on the Defense Advisory Council for Women in the Service.[4]


Campaign themes


McAleer's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Education: "Education must become a priority in Utah and our nation. We cannot continue to pay lip service to it. Utah ranks 55th in terms of per student funding for K-12 education. We set aside $2577 per student (this is the weighted per pupil average—the state funding for education does not include property tax). If we include property taxes we are still last in the Nation."
  • Healthcare: "Regardless of where one stands on the spectrum of opinion about healthcare reform, just about everyone can agree that health care costs in the United States are out of control. We have many of the best treatments and services in the world, but also the most expensive."
  • Energy: "As Utahns we must continue to develop our energy resources while investing in research and development of Utah’s many and varied energy assets to ensure economic growth with responsible stewardship. This effort includes developing fossil fuels and increasing the use of untapped renewable and alternative energy sources, from solar, wind, geothermal to biofuels."
  • Public Land: "Public lands are important to every Utahn. The land determines the character, economy, lifestyle and heritage in Utah. It is part and parcel of every citizen’s freedom. Public lands should be managed in the public interest. Don’t let Rob Bishop and Republican legislators take it away from our children."
  • Immigration: "The subject of immigration reform over the past several years has produced much rhetoric--and a shocking symbol of our failure as a nation founded by immigrants to rationally address the issue and modernize our system: the border walls along the U.S./Mexican border. There is an equally important practical reason for immigration reform: our economic health. More than ever, in today’s integrated global economy a nation’s best and strongest asset is its people."


—Donna McAleer's campaign website,



See also: Utah's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

McAleer is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Utah's 1st District. McAleer won the Democratic nomination with 66 percent of the vote on April 26, 2014. After winning the nomination McAleer said, “Our Utah pioneers came to this state for the common good, and it’s with that spirit that we must unite. And we must help identify those independents and save them from the radical right. All Utahns, we need to get our country back on track – a track that’s not left, not right, but forward – right here, right now.”[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Utah's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

McAleer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Utah's 1st District. She defeated Ryan Combe in the Democratic primary on June 26, 2012, but she lost in the general election to Republican incumbent Rob Bishop.[7][8]

U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop Incumbent 71.5% 175,487
     Democratic Donna M. McAleer 24.7% 60,611
     Constitution Sherry Phipps 3.8% 9,430
Total Votes 245,528
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

McAleer said Congress needs more female and veteran voices.[9] Combe, an entrepreneur and university fundraiser, focused on the cost of higher education.[9]

McAleer outraised Combe, and each raised under $100,000 for their campaigns, although both candidates were new to politics.[9]

U.S. House, Utah's 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonna McAleer 66.6% 3,881
Ryan Combe 33.4% 1,944
Total Votes 5,825

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McAleer's reports.[10]

Donna McAleer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 16, 2014$44,376.00$23,983.18$(25,502.18)$42,857.00
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of McAleer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

McAleer lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, McAleer's campaign committee raised a total of $55,892 and spent $55,874.[12]


McAleer and her husband, Todd, have one daughter.[4]

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