Utah State Senate

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Utah State Senate
Utah State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 23, 2017
Leadership
President of the Senate
Wayne L. Niederhauser (R)
Since January 28, 2013
Majority Leader
Ralph Okerlund (R)
Since January 28, 2013
Minority Leader
Gene Davis
Since January 28, 2013
Structure
Seats 29
Utah Senate 2015 - 2016.svg
Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article VI, Utah Constitution
Salary $130/day + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(15 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(14 seats)
Redistricting Legislative control
Meeting place
Girl Scouts visit the Senate Chamber in the Utah State Capitol - Feb. 2011.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Utah State Capitol
Salt Lake City, Utah
Website
Utah State Senate

The Utah State Senate is the upper house of the Utah State Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Utah. The Utah Senate is composed of 29 elected members representing an equal number of senate districts. Each senate district is composed of approximately 95,000 people.[1] Members of the Senate are elected to four-year terms without term limits. The Senate convenes at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Composition of the Senate[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Libertarian Vacant
End of the 59th legislature 21 8 0 29 0
Beginning of the 60th Legislature 24 5 0 29 0
December 1, 2015[2] 23 28 1
January 5, 2016[3] 24 29 0
July 26, 2016[4] 23 1
November 8, 2016 24 0
Latest voting share 83% 17% 0%

Leadership, 2017-2018 session[edit]

Position Name Party District
President of the Senate Wayne L. Niederhauser Republican 9
Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund Republican 24
Majority Whip J. Stuart Adams Republican 22
Assistant Majority Whip Peter C. Knudson Republican 17
Minority Leader Gene Davis Democratic 3
Minority Whip Karen Mayne Democratic 5
Assistant Minority Whip Luz Escamilla Democratic 4

Members of the 62nd Senate[edit]

District Name Party First elected Counties
Represented
1 Luz Escamilla Dem 2008 Salt Lake
2 Jim Dabakis Dem 2012↑ Salt Lake
3 Gene Davis Dem 1998 Salt Lake
4 Jani Iwamoto Dem 2014 Salt Lake
5 Karen Mayne Dem 2008 Salt Lake
6 Wayne Harper Rep 2012 Salt Lake
7 Deidre Henderson Rep 2012 Utah
8 Brian Shiozawa Rep 2012 Salt Lake
9 Wayne L. Niederhauser Rep 2006↑ Salt Lake
10 Lincoln Fillmore Rep 2015 Salt Lake
11 Howard A. Stephenson Rep 1992 Salt Lake, Utah
12 Daniel Thatcher Rep 2010 Salt Lake, Tooele
13 Jake Anderegg Rep 2016 Tooele, Utah
14 Daniel Hemmert Rep 2016↑ Utah
15 Margaret Dayton Rep 2006 Utah
16 Curt Bramble Rep 2000 Utah
17 Peter C. Knudson Rep 1998 Box Elder, Cache, Tooele
18 F. Ann Millner Rep 2014 Davis, Weber
19 Allen M. Christensen Rep 2004 Morgan, Summit, Weber
20 D. Gregg Buxton Rep 2016 Weber
21 Jerry W. Stevenson Rep 2010↑ Davis
22 J. Stuart Adams Rep 2009↑ Davis
23 Todd Weiler Rep 2012↑ Davis
24 Ralph Okerlund Rep 2008 Juab, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Wayne
25 Lyle W. Hillyard Rep 1984 Cache, Rich
26 Kevin T. VanTassell Rep 2006 Daggett, Duchesne, Summit, Uintah, Wasatch
27 David P. Hinkins Rep 2008 Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Utah
28 Evan Vickers Rep 2012 Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Washington
29 Don Ipson Rep 2008 Washington

↑: Senator was originally appointed

Online Connection[edit]

The Utah Senate maintains an array of online channels to connect with and engage Utah citizens in the policy-making process.

In addition, all official action of the Utah Legislature are live-streamed on le.utah.gov, and archived in perpetuity. Citizens can find the full array of Utah Senate communication channels at SenateCloud.com.

Legislative Website[edit]

Utah Senate staff, under direction of Senate Presidents Waddoups and Niederhauser worked with the House of Representatives, the LFA, and other staff to develop what many have called the best legislative website in the nation. In 2014, le.utah.gov won the NCSL Online Democracy Award.[5] The Utah Legislature had previously won this award in 2005.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackun, Paul; Wilson, Steven. "U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration U.S. CENSUS BUREAU Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census Briefs. United States Census. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Republican Aaron Osmond (District 10) resigned to accept a job in the private sector. [1]
  3. ^ Republican Lincoln Fillmore (District 10) appointed to succeed Osmond
  4. ^ Republican Mark B. Madsen (District 13) switches to the Libertarian Party
  5. ^ Legislatures, National Conference of State. "2014 Online Democracy Award". www.ncsl.org. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  6. ^ Legislatures, National Conference of State. "Online Democracy Award Winners". www.ncsl.org. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 

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