Utah House of Representatives

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Utah House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 28, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Rebecca Lockhart, (R)
Majority Leader:   Brad Dee, (R)
Minority Leader:   David Litvack, (D)
Members:  75
   Democratic Party (12)
Republican Party (63)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art VI, Utah Constitution
Salary:   $117/day + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (75 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (75 seats)
Redistricting:  Separate Redistricting Committee of the Utah Legislature handles redrawing boundaries
Meeting place:
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The Utah House of Representatives is the lower house of the Utah State Legislature. 75 members make up the lower chamber of the Utah Legislature and meet at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Each member represents an average of 36,852 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 29,776 residents.[2] House districts are redistricted every 10 years, after the Census is taken, to ensure that each legislator represents as nearly as possible the same number of constituents. The ideal population for each of the 75 House districts after redistricting in 2001 was 29,776. [3]

As of May 2015, Utah is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.


Section 2 of Article VI of the Utah Constitution establishes that the Utah State Legislature, which the House is a part of, is to convene a new session every two years on the second Monday in January. This means that the "2010 session" was actually a continuation of a regular session that convened in 2009. Section 16 of Article VI limits these regular sessions to sixty legislative days, except in cases of impeachment.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 28 through March 14.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2013 legislative session included ethics reform, adoption rights, alcohol laws and education funding.[4][5]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 23 through March 8.

Major issues

Major topics included a projected $13 billion budget, improving technology for students, illegal immigration, and infrastructure improvements.[6]


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 24 through March 10. [7] A single day special session was called by Governor Gary Herbert for July 27, to consider several issues, including adjustments to health insurance rates, liquor commission guidelines, judicial evaluations, and adopting another resolution supporting a federal balanced budget amendment.[8] Gov. Herbert has called for a second special session this year, set for the week of October 3. During that week, the legislature will cover redistricting issues.[9]

The 45 calendar days that the Utah Legislature was in regular session during 2011 was tied with Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arkansas for the shortest legislative session in the country.[10]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in session from January 25 to March 11.[11]


See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Utah was given a grade of B in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[12]



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives will be held in Utah on November 6, 2012. All 75 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 16, 2012.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.


See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2010

Utah House of Representatives elections were held in all 75 house districts on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 19, 2010 and the primary election day was June 22, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $3,736,373 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [13]


To be eligible to serve in the Utah House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[14]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 25 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A three-year resident of Utah at the filing deadline time
  • A resident for 6 months of the senate district from which elected at the filing deadline time
  • No person holding any public office of profit or trust under authority of the United States, or of this State, can be a member of the state senate, provided, that appointments in the State Militia, and the offices of notary public, justice of the peace, United States commissioner, and postmaster of the fourth class, shall not, within the meaning of this section, be considered offices of profit or trust.
  • A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* A resident of Utah for at least 30 days prior to the next election
* At least 18 years old by the next election
* His or her principal place of residence is in a specific voting precinct in Utah.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the Governor is responsible for selecting a replacement. A liaison for the political party that last held the seat must recommend a successor to the Governor. The vacancy must be filled immediately. The person who is selected to the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term[15].

If the vacancy happens after the nominating deadline in an election year, a new candidate must file papers in order to be on the ballot. This is only if the vacancy happens after September 1st and the unfilled term is set to expire at the end of the election. Nominating papers must be filed within 21 days after the vacancy happened[16].


See also: Redistricting in Utah

The Legislature handles legislative redistricting, with the Governor holding veto power.

2010 census

Utah received its local census data on February 24, 2011. The state showed a 23.8 percent growth rate, with no county losing population. The largest cities showed mixed growth: Salt Lake City grew by 2.6 percent, West Valley City grew by 18.9 percent, Provo grew by 7.0 percent, West Jordan grew by 51.8 percent, and Orem grew by 4.7 percent. The counties were more impressive: Salt Lake grew by 14.6 percent, Utah grew 40.2 percent, Davis grew by 28.2 percent, Weber grew by 17.7 percent, and Washington grew by 52.9 percent.[17]

Utah's 2011 redistricting process went relatively smoothly, with the Republican controlled Legislature overwhelmingly passing new maps on October 4. Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed the maps on October 19. However, the Legislature approved, and the Governor signed into law, revisions to the maps in late January 2012 after errors were discovered.


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 62
Total 75

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Utah State House from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of the Utah State House.PNG


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Utah Legislature are paid $117/day. Legislators receive $96/day for lodging each calendar day, tied to the federal rate. They also receive $61/day for meals.[18]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Utah legislators assume office the first or second day of session (January).


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum and appointing all committee members.[19][20]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Utah House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Leader Brad Dee Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip Gregory Hughes Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Whip Don Ipson Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Whip Tim Cosgrove Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Caucus Leader Joel Briscoe Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

Current members, Utah House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Ronda Menlove Ends.png Republican 2005
2 David Lifferth Ends.png Republican 2013
3 Jack Draxler Ends.png Republican 2007
4 Edward Redd Ends.png Republican 2013
5 Curt Webb Ends.png Republican 2007
6 Jacob Anderegg Ends.png Republican 2013
7 Ryan Wilcox Ends.png Republican 2009
8 Gage Froerer Ends.png Republican 2007
9 Jeremy Peterson Ends.png Republican 2011
10 Dixon M Pitcher Ends.png Republican 2011
11 Brad Dee Ends.png Republican 2003
12 Richard Greenwood Ends.png Republican 2007
13 Paul Ray Ends.png Republican 2005
14 Curtis Oda Ends.png Republican 2005
15 Brad R Wilson Ends.png Republican 2011
16 Stephen Handy Ends.png Republican 2010
17 Stewart Barlow Ends.png Republican 2011
18 Roger Barrus Ends.png Republican 2001
19 Jim Nielson Ends.png Republican 2011
20 Becky Edwards Ends.png Republican 2009
21 Douglas Sagers Ends.png Republican 2011
22 Sue Duckworth Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
23 Jennifer Seelig Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
24 Rebecca Chavez-Houck Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
25 Joel Briscoe Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
26 Angela Romero Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
27 Michael S. Kennedy Ends.png Republican 2013
28 Brian King Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
29 Lee B. Perry Ends.png Republican 2011
30 Janice Fisher Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
31 Larry Wiley Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
32 LaVar Christensen Ends.png Republican 2011
33 Craig Hall Ends.png Republican 2013
34 Johnny Anderson Ends.png Republican 2009
35 Mark Wheatley Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
36 Patrice Arent Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
37 Carol Moss Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
38 Eric Hutchings Ends.png Republican 2001
39 Jim Dunnigan Ends.png Republican 2003
40 Lynn Hemingway Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
41 Daniel McCay Ends.png Republican 2012
42 Jim Bird Ends.png Republican 2007
43 Earl Tanner Ends.png Republican 2013
44 Tim Cosgrove Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
45 Steven Eliason Ends.png Republican 2011
46 Marie Poulson Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
47 Ken Ivory Ends.png Republican 2011
48 Keven Stratton Ends.png Republican 2012
49 Derek Brown Ends.png Republican 2011
50 Rich Cunningham Ends.png Republican 2013
51 Gregory Hughes Ends.png Republican 2003
52 John Knotwell Ends.png Republican 2013
53 Melvin Brown Ends.png Republican 2007
54 Kraig Powell Ends.png Republican 2009
55 John Mathis Ends.png Republican 2005
56 Kay Christofferson Ends.png Republican 2013
57 Brian Greene Ends.png Republican 2013
58 Spencer Cox Ends.png Republican 2013
59 Val Peterson Ends.png Republican 2011
60 Dana Layton Ends.png Republican 2013
61 Keith Grover Ends.png Republican 2007
62 Jon Stanard Ends.png Republican 2013
63 Dean Sanpei Ends.png Republican 2010
64 Rebecca Lockhart Ends.png Republican 1999
65 Francis Gibson Ends.png Republican 2009
66 Mike McKell Ends.png Republican 2013
67 Marc Roberts Ends.png Republican 2013
68 Merrill Nelson Ends.png Republican 2013
69 Jerry Anderson Ends.png Republican 2013
70 Kay McIff Ends.png Republican 2007
71 Brad Last Ends.png Republican 2003
72 John Westwood Ends.png Republican 2013
73 Michael Noel Ends.png Republican 2003
74 Lowry Snow Ends.png Republican 2012
75 Don Ipson Ends.png Republican 2009

Standing committees

The Utah House of Representatives has 15 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Utah
Partisan breakdown of the Utah legislature from 1992-2013

Throughout every year from 1992-2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Utah State House of Representatives. The Utah House of Representatives is one of nine state Houses that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. Utah was under Republican trifectas for all 22 years.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Utah, the Utah State Senate and the Utah House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Utah state government(1992-2013).PNG

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