Karen Morgan

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Karen Morgan
Utah State Senate District 8
Former member
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah House of Representatives
1999 - 2008
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah, 1976
Date of birth05/02/1952
Place of birthOgden, Utah
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Office website
Campaign website
Karen Morgan (b. May 2, 1952) is a former Democratic member of the Utah State Senate, representing the 8th District from 2009 to 2013.

Morgan served in the Utah State House of Representatives from 1999 to 2008.

Morgan worked as a teacher for Granite School District from 1976 to 1977. She is currently a homemaker.

Morgan attended Weber State University. She went on to earn her B.S. in Secondary Education/Family and Consumer Studies from the University of Utah in 1976.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Morgan served on the following committees:



On November 4, 2008, Morgan won election to the 8th District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponents Carlene Walker and Liz Phalp.[1]

Morgan raised $64,417 for her campaign, while Walker raised $105,722 and Phalp raised $0. [2]

Utah State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Morgan (D) 16,688 52.2%
Carlene Walker (R) 14,608 45.7%
Liz Phalp (C) 657 2.1%

Campaign donors


In 2008, a year in which Morgan was up for election, she collected $64,417 in donations.[3]

Her four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Democrats of Utah $6,000
Utah Education Association $5,000
Ross Romero $2,100
Patricia Jones $2,000


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.[4]


Karen Morgan received a score of 58% in the 2012 score card.[5]


Morgan and her husband S. Baird have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carlene Walker
Utah Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Brian Shiozawa (R)