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Merrill Nelson
Merrill Nelson.jpg
Utah House of Representatives District 68
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah House of Representatives
1991 - 1992
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1979
J.D.Brigham Young University, 1982
Date of birthJuly 16, 1955
Office website
Merrill F. Nelson is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 68. He was first elected to the chamber in 1990, and was elected to the chamber again in 2012.


Nelson earned both a Bachelor's degree and J.D. from Brigham Young University. He works as a lawyer.

Committee assignments


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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development and Workforce Services
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment
Retirement and Independent Entities, Vice-chair


Campaign themes


Nelson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Education
Excerpt: "I want to be not only the "education candidate," but a strong voice for education in the Utah Legislature. Legislators should not be adversaries of educators. Neither should the Legislature act as a "super-school board" and dictate the education decisions of parents and local elected boards, teachers, and administrators."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "I favor free markets. Economic freedom goes hand-in-hand with political freedom. I will work to eliminate government regulations that inhibit free enterprise and economic growth. This includes federal regulations that shut down coal-fired electric plants, close public lands to mining and energy development, and place predators on grazing lands with livestock."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Federal payments for healthcare merely drive up the cost of health care, just as federal loan guaranties inflated the housing market and the cost of higher education. Socialized medicine is breaking the federal budget and will break state budgets as well unless we push back."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "My heart goes out to families in other countries racked by poverty, crime, and violence. I too would seek a better life in another country. However, immigration must be legal and ordered, and defiance of our laws cannot be ignored. We must stop illegal immigration and enforce the sanctity of our borders and our laws."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "I fully support our constitutional right to bear arms."



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives 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. Incumbent Merrill Nelson was unopposed in the Republican convention. Rett Rowley, an Independent American candidate, was disqualified from the general election ballot. Nelson was unopposed in the general election. Cindy Vincent (R) withdrew before the primary.[2]


See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nelson won election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 68. He advanced past the Republican convention, defeated incumbent Bill Wright in the June 26 Republican primary, and defeated Thomas Nedreberg (D) and Paul McCollaum, Jr. (Constitution) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Utah House of Representatives, District 68, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMerrill Nelson 73.8% 9,831
     Democratic Thomas Nedreberg 19% 2,531
     Constitution Paul McCollaum, Jr. 7.2% 953
Total Votes 13,315
Utah House of Representatives District 68 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMerrill Nelson 52.3% 1,910
Bill Wright Incumbent 47.7% 1,744
Total Votes 3,654

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $36,428 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 18, 2013.[6]

Merrill Nelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State House, District 68 Won $23,001
1998 Utah State Senate, District 13 Defeated $13,427
Grand Total Raised $36,428


Nelson won election to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $23,001.


Nelson lost the election for the Utah State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $13,427.


The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[7] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.


Merrill Nelson received an index rating of 48%.

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Preceded by
Bill Wright (R)
Utah House of Representatives District 68
Succeeded by