Ross Romero

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Ross Romero
Former candidate for
Utah State Senate District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah State Senate District 7
2007 - 2013
Utah House of Representatives
2004 - 2006
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah, 1993
J.D.University of Michigan Law School, 1996
Campaign website
Ross Romero was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 4 of the Utah State Senate.[1]

Romero served in the Utah State Senate, representing District 7 from 2007 to 2013 and in the Utah House of Representatives from 2004 to 2006. He served as the Minority Whip.


Romero earned his B.S. from the University of Utah in 1993 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996. His professional experience includes working as a banker and attorney.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Romero's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Higher Education

  • Excerpt: "Post-secondary education is pivotal for the continued success in Utah. Post-secondary institutions are critical for the development of citizenship, community, and economic growth. While funding for education should be prioritized, every year, the higher education base budget is at risk of further cuts."

Air Quality

  • Excerpt: "Ross will work with polluting industries and air quality organizations to come up with positive and proactive solutions to cleaning up the air."

A World Class Education

  • Excerpt: "We need to reduce class sizes by putting more teachers in the class room. We need to give teachers the tools to encourage college and career ready instruction. We need to ensure our teachers remain effective by providing teachers with ongoing professional development, training and support."

Responsible Environmental Policy

  • Excerpt: "We need to get serious about regulations to clean our air, immediately. There needs to be a greater emphasis on protecting our canyons from irresponsible development and short-sighted exploitation."


  • Excerpt: "Ross supports equality."



See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Jani Iwamoto defeated Ross Romero in the Democratic convention. Philip Carlson was defeated by Sabrina Petersen in the Republican convention. Iwamoto defeated Petersen in the general election.[1][3]

Utah State Senate District 4, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJani Iwamoto 60% 19,602
     Republican Sabrina R. Petersen 40% 13,084
Total Votes 32,686


After redistricting drew him into a district with fellow Democrat Pat Jones, Romero chose to run for election to the position of Mayor of Salt Lake County in 2012.[4]


See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2010

Romero was re-elected to the 7th District seat in 2010. He defeated Republican Eric Johnson in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5][6]

Utah State Senate, District 7, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Romero (D) 19,596
Eric Johnson (R) 9,666


On November 7, 2006, Romero was elected to the 7th District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponents Bryce Jolley (R) and Jared Beck (C).[7]

Romero raised $90,850 for his campaign while Jolley raised $61,630 and Beck raised $0.[8]

Utah State Senate, District 7 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ross Romero (D) 18,589
Bryce Jolley (R) 9,950
Jared Beck (I) 462

Campaign donors


In 2010, Romero received $105,583 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]


In 2006, a year in which Romero was up for election, he collected $90,850 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Utah Education Association $5,000
Scott Matheson for Governor $4,000
Senate Democrats of Utah $3,000
Utah Bankers Association $2,750


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.[11]


Ross Romero received a score of 25% in the 2012 score card.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Glen Donnelson
Utah House District 7
Succeeded by
Glen Donnelson
Preceded by
Karen Hale
Utah Senate District 7
Succeeded by
Deidre Henderson (R)