John Swallow

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John Swallow
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Candidate for
Attorney General of Utah
Prior offices
Utah Chief Deputy Attorney General
December 2009-present
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
J.D.Brigham Young University Law School
Personal website
Campaign website
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John Swallow is the Utah Chief Deputy Attorney General and a 2012 Republican candidate for Attorney General of Utah.


Swallow was raised in St. George and on his family's rural alfalfa farm, where he got an early education about Utah's and environmental issues.[1] Swallow went on to attend Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies, and remained there to pursue a J.D. He excelled at BYU law school, gaining membership to the Law Review. Upon graduating from BYU in 1990, he began his career in commercial litigation as an attorney at the firm of Scalley, Reading, Bates, Hansen & Rasmussen. Swallow's success as an attorney earned him appointment as a Judge Pro Tem for the Third District Court and Chair of the Business Section of the Utah State Bar.[2]

Swallow's credentials in the private legal sector include a stint managing litigation as corporate general counsel to a Utah-based dietary supplement company, and establishing his own law practice covering business, real estate, financial, government and corporate matters.[2]


  • B.S., Brigham Young University (1987)
  • J.D., Brigham Young University (1990)

Political career

Chief Deputy Attorney General 2009-present

Swallow was chosen in 2009 to serve under current attorney general Mark Shurtleff as chief deputy attorney general, overseeing the civil division. As deputy, he has spearheaded the state's legal land battles against the federal government, and most prominently, the current battle to strike down Obamacare. His legacy includes expanding the office through the creation of the Public Lands Litigation Section. In a Feb 13 statement following announcement of his 2012 bid to replace Shurtleff as AG Swallow said "I have seen the federal government's intrusion into our lives at almost every level and am committed to putting an end to it."[3]

Utah House of Representatives 1996-2002

Swallow entered politics in 1996 when he won election to his first of an eventual three terms in the Utah House of Representatives. In the legislature, John served as a Regional Whip, Chair of the Public Utilities and Technology Committee, on the Administrative Rules Review Committee, and the Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee.

During his three terms, Swallow championed conservative social causes such as preventing the passage of a bill to allow non-married couples to adopt children, and fiscal causes cutting taxes. He was named 2000 Utah Taxpayer Advocate of the Year by the Utah Taxpayers’ Association for his sponsorship of one of the biggest tax cuts in Utah history. He also advocated strongly and effectively for 2nd Amendment rights, winning favor with the National Rifle Association.

In 2002 and 2004, John ran for the United States Congress, securing the Republican Party nomination both times but ultimately losing the general elections.



See also: Utah attorney general election, 2012

Swallow is a Republican candidate for Attorney General of Utah in the 2012 election. He will face Sean D. Reyes in the Republican primary contest on June 26, 2012.


Swallow lives in Sandy, Utah with wife 0f 26 years, Suzanne Seader. He has five children: four daughters and one son.



Personal Contact:

Tel: 801.949.9450

Campaign Contact:

Tel: 801.759.1397
Email: Jessica Fawson at

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