Curt Bramble

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Curtis S. Bramble
Senator Curtis Bramble
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 16th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 15, 2001
Preceded by Howard C. Nielsen
Personal details
Born Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan
Children 6
Residence Provo
Occupation Certified Public Accountant
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Website Legislative Website

Curtis Scott Bramble A Republican, he is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 16th senate district in Provo.

Early life and career[edit]

Curt Bramble was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he graduated from Crown High School.[1] He grew up as a Methodist and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while attending Notre Dame University where he studied chemical engineering and math.[1] After Notre Dame, Bramble attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a B.S in Accounting and MS in Accounting.[1] Bramble worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Utah.[1] Mr. Bramble was recently appointed as the Advisory Committee Chairman for Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions, a Las Vegas Company specializing in providing end-to-end management, across multiple management systems, for medicinal marijuana operations.[2] Bramble resides in Provo with his wife Susan.[1] He has 6 children and 5 grandchildren.[1]

Background[edit]

  • Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce
  • Provo Airport Board
  • Provo Housing Authority
  • UTA executive board
  • Utah National Parks Council
  • America's Freedom Balloon Fest (vice chair)
  • American Institute of CPA's
  • Utah Association of CPA's
  • Provo Rotary
  • BYU Cougar Club

Political career[edit]

Further information: List of Utah State Legislatures

Bramble was elected to the Utah Senate on Tuesday, November 7, 2000 and took office on January 15, 2001. During his first legislature in the Utah Senate Bramble served on the Business, Labor and Economic Development, and Revenue and Taxation Standing Committees; and on the Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Committee. In 2004, Bramble became the Majority Leader of the Utah Senate for the 57th Utah Legislature and the Co-Chair of the Retirement and Independent Entities Joint Appropriation Committee. He also served on the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice, and Higher Education Joint Appropriations committees and Chaired the Retirement and Independent Entities Standing Committee. He also served on the Revenue and Taxation Committee for the 57th Utah State Legislature. In 2008 Bramble received the National Legislator of the Year Award from ALEC, a conservative advocacy group criticized by some as a front for tobacco companies and other corporations. Bramble was the Majority Leader in the Utah Senate from 2006 to 2008. Bramble was reelected to his third term to the Utah Senate on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, after defeating Democrat Radene Hatfied. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, a national association of legislators.[3]

During the 2014 Legislative Session, Senator Bramble served on the following committees:

  • Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Business and Labor Committee (Chair)
  • Senate Retirement and Independent Entities Committee
  • Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee

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Senator Bramble maintains an up-to-date website which includes a blog, issue positions, a calendar of events, videos, and a survey.

2014 Sponsored Legislation[edit]

Bramble was the Primary sponsor for the following bills:

Bill Number Bill Title Bill Status
S.B. 54 S002 Elections Amendments Governor Signed 3/10/2014
S.B. 56 S001 Risk Management Amendments Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 124 S001 Financial Institution and Services Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 129 S002 Insurance Amendments Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 145 Background Check Amendments Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 146 Government Ethics Amendments Senate filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 155 Apportionment of Income Amendments Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 156 Construction Trades Licensing Act Amendments Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 194 Amendments to Tax Provisions Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 199 Amendments to Emergency Telephone Service Law Governor Signed 3/20/2014
S.B. 203 Immigration Amendments Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 206 Tax, Fee, or Charge Offense and Penalty Amendments Governor Signed 3/25/2014
S.B. 207 Corporate Franchise and Income Tax Amendments Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.B. 208 S002 Public Utility Modifications Governor Signed 3/25/2014
S.B. 210 Substitute Prescription Synchronization Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 214 Multistate Tax Compact Amendments Governor Signed 3/25/2014
S.B. 220 Disorderly Conduct Modifications Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 239 Credit Report Protection for Minors Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 245 Internet Voting Pilot Project Amendments Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 246 Parental Rights of Biological Fathers Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 248 S001 Judicial Retention Election Amendments Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 249 S001 Transportation Rights-of-way Safety Amendments Senate/filed 3/12/2014
S.B. 250 Public Duty Doctrine Amendments Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 271 S001 Postjudgment Interest Amendments Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.B. 275 Redevelopment Agency Modifications Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.J.R. 17 Supporting the Salt Lake International Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program Senate/filed 3/13/2014

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Bramble Floor Sponsored the following bills:

  • HB0010 Injured Worker Reemployment Amendments
  • HB0011 Overdose Reporting Amendments
  • HB0024S03 Insurance Related Amendments
  • HB0025 Eminent Domain Amendments
  • HB0044S04 Interstate Electric Transmission Lines
  • HB0059S02 National Guard Program Amendments
  • HB0088 Autism Program Amendments
  • HB0090 Women in the Economy Commission
  • HB0101 Roadway and Sidewalk Safety Amendments
  • HB0103 State Money Management Act Amendments
  • HB0108S01 Mobile Home Park Task Force
  • HB0116S01 School Construction Modifications
  • HB0127 Consumer Lending Amendments
  • HB0140 Tax Credit Amendments
  • HB0146S03 Child Care Amendments
  • HB0153 Study on Contribution and Credit for Education Funding
  • HB0154 Wood Burning Amendments
  • HB0166S01 Recodification of Appropriations Limit Formula
  • HB0168S02 School and Institutional Trust Lands and Funds Management Provisions
  • HB0196 Fleet Management Amendments
  • HB0221 School Community Council Revisions
  • HB0243S03 Amendments to the Fund of Funds
  • HB0245S02 State Fire Code Amendments
  • HB0246S02 Failure to Report Contributions or Public Service Assistance
  • HB0246S05 Government Ethics Revisions
  • HB0271S01 Motor Vehicle Emissions
  • HB0283S03 Nonprofit Entity Receipt of Government Money
  • HB0294 Campaign and Financial Reporting Requirements Revisions
  • HB0316 Financial Institutions Fee Amendments
  • HB0335 Supplemental Savings Plan Amendments
  • HB0347S01 Insurance Coverage for Infertility Treatment
  • HB0357S01 Budgetary Amendments
  • HB0381S01 Local Government Interfund Loans
  • HB0392S01 Delegate Responsibility Amendments
  • HB0399 Truancy Amendments
  • HB0405S01 Postsecondary School State Authorization
  • HB0410 Utah Presidential Primary Electronic Voting Pilot Project
  • HB0429S01 Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fund Amendments
  • HJR025S02 Joint Resolution to End Unreported Federal Government Liabilities

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Pivotal Legislation[edit]

In 2014, Senator Bramble sponsored S.B. 54 Second Substitute Elections Amendments.[5] The bill had a lot of controversy, but in the end it passed.[5] The bill calls for an open primary.[6] SB54 doesn’t force the Utah Republican Party to have an open primary, and the state GOP can chose to keep their single-track, caucus/delegate/convention system exactly as it is today.[6] But if GOP leaders do chose to opt out of the dual-track, open primary system, then their candidates, on the November general election ballot, cannot come under a banner that says Utah Republican Party.[6] In other words, if you don’t follow the “grand compromise,” dual-track process outlined in SB54, complete with an open primary where any registered Republican AND any registered independent can vote for the GOP nominee then on the final November general election ballot Republican candidates will be listed by their name, but with no party affiliation next to their name.[6]

Issue Positions and Controversies[edit]

Courts and the Constitution[edit]

Although much discussion of constitutional rights seems to focus on the First, Second and Tenth Amendments, Senator Bramble understands the importance of protecting all constitutional rights. A recognized defender of the Constitution, Curt has introduced and championed legislation supporting constitutionally-guaranteed liberties. Website

Education[edit]

Senator Bramble’s position on education policy is founded on the principle that parents are best suited to make important decisions regarding the care and education of their own children. He has worked to increase education spending without raising taxes. During the recession of 2008-2011, Curt was able to help increase education funding while other states were having massive budget shortfalls. Curt sponsored landmark reform that allows school districts to protect their property tax base. Website

Economic Growth[edit]

Senator Bramble believes in free-market capitalism and supports business, especially small business. He believes in simple, lower and flat tax systems with less regulation, so business growth can lead the economy out of this recession.Website

Energy[edit]

From his website: "Utah can be energy independent. Fossil fuels will continue to be the primary source of energy for generations. Energy independence is a national security and national sovereignty issue, and government must allow domestic energy producers to reasonably develop natural resources.Website

Senator Bramble sponsored legislation that encourages cost effective energy development in Utah and low rates for consumers. The fact that Curt’s bill received unanimous support of all stakeholders including energy producers, consumers, environmentalists demonstrated his ability to bring people together and build consensus on divisive issues." Website

Environment[edit]

Senator Bramble believes that economic liberty, public access and natural resource development can be mutually supportive of protecting the environment. He has worked on and supported legislation that reflects these values, including legislation that blocked “hotter” nuclear waste from coming to Utah.Website

Government Transparency[edit]

Senator Bramble has been one of the state’s biggest advocates for government transparency. During last year’s GRAMA controversy, Curt stood for openness. This year, he is carrying legislation that:

  • Clearly defines “records” and “communications”
  • Creates a government records ombudsman to assist those requesting records
  • Requires the state to develop a training course for records officers to annually certify that records are not inappropriately withheld from the public Website

Gun Rights[edit]

Throughout his career as a citizen legislator, Senator Bramble has fought for the right to bear arms. He is “A” rated by the National Rifle Association and is a concealed carry permit holder. Gun ownership is a fundamental right guaranteed by the US Constitution, and Curt Bramble will defend Americans’ right to own firearms and protect their own property. Website

Honesty and Integrity[edit]

It is important that citizens know that their government is acting in their best interest. Leaders must do everything possible to foster virtue in government. Understanding the history of our Constitution and having an attitude of respect and reverence for the responsibilities of public service are important qualities of our leaders in government. John Hilldring was a two-star general given the responsibility of organizing military government in soon-to-be liberated nations. On one occasion, he had a meeting with Army Chief of Staff George Marshall. Hilldring later recounted Marshall’s direction:

"I’m turning over to you a sacred trust, and I want you to bear that in mind every day and every hour you preside over this military government and civil affairs venture…we have a great asset and that is that our people, our countrymen, do not distrust us and do not fear us… This is a sacred trust that I turn over to you today…I don’t want you to do anything… to damage this high regard in which the professional soldiers in the Army are held by our people, and it could happen, it could happen, Hilldring, if you don’t understand what you are about."

The way to ensure an ethical government is to elect those who truly understand what public service requires and what it means to become a public servant. Senator Bramble has served Utah with honor and has a remarkable record of honesty, integrity and transparency.Website

Immigration[edit]

Senator Bramble believes immigration is a federal government responsibility. Congress must undertake comprehensive immigration reform, including policies that secure America’s borders and reduce the flow of illegal immigration. However, he also understands that Utah cannot wait while the federal government continues to ignore this issue.In 2011, Senator Bramble worked with various residents, business owners and other organizations, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to draft legislation that requires illegal aliens to register, submit to a criminal background check, pay for their own health care and pay taxes. This bill protects Utah residents from dangerous criminals and eases the burden of taxpayers – without creating a path to citizenship.Website

Marriage and Family[edit]

Bramble believes in traditional marriage between one man and one woman. He understands that the family is the cornerstone of a free and just society. He has passed meaningful legislation protecting the sanctity of life. As a State Senator, Curt has fought for parental rights on a wide range of issues. Website

Taxes[edit]

Senator Bramble has successfully fought for taxpayer rights and to reduce taxes for Utah families and small businesses. Since Curt has been elected, Utah has lowered the state income tax from 7 percent to a modified flat 5 percent. He has passed meaningful legislation simplifying the tax code and was the architect of the largest tax cut in Utah history. This year, Curt sponsored and enacted SB 129 providing tax relief for every business operating in the state of Utah. Website

Transportation[edit]

As a State Senator, Curt has made the state’s critical infrastructure needs a priority because it is vital to continued economic growth and quality of life. As Senate Majority Leader, he was instrumental in successfully negotiating funding for Utah County’s $1.7 billion I-15 reconstruction project which will open by the end of 2012. In addition, he has helped fund infrastructure in order to build hundreds of miles of Utah roads. Website

Utah Valley University[edit]

Senator Bramble has been a passionate advocate for Utah Valley University. As Senate Majority Leader, he was a driving force for university status. Curt has helped secure funding for the Digital Learning Center, the Science & Technology Building and several classroom buildings. Senator Bramble has also worked tirelessly to secure equity funding for UVU student growth. Website

PizzaGate[edit]

Bramble received attention when on August 18, 2008, a local pizza delivery driver delivered pizza to his home in Provo, Utah. Bramble admitted to reporters that he became upset when he learned that the business did not accept personal checks as a form of payment, and told the driver to take the pizzas back to the restaurant. Speaking to the restaurant owner on the telephone, Bramble allegedly impugned the owner's scruples, intimating that, by providing payment via credit card, Bramble would likely see fraudulent credit card charges on his next billing statement. Eventually providing payment over the phone, Bramble complimented the driver on her "professionalism" and provided a tip.

The delivery driver later wrote about the experience on her personal blog,[7] and it became an Internet sensation and was featured on the widely read Daily Kos.[8] Due to the resulting attention, she appeared on a talk radio station in Salt Lake City to talk about her experience with Senator Bramble.[9]

ParadeGate[edit]

Both the Deseret Morning News and The Salt Lake Tribune called for an ethics investigation into an incident involving Bramble, Representative Becky Lockhart and Mountainland Applied Technology College. Bramble and Lockhart, asked the college to build the Republican party a float to use in parades. The college used its money to pay for the float which, the papers alleged, violated Utah law, "a public entity may not make expenditures from public funds for political purposes." When questions arose, college President Clay Christensen told State Auditor Auston Johnson he was under "tremendous pressure" by the Utah County GOP and lawmakers to build the float, but later that same day, after a conversation with Bramble, he changed his statement. Bramble first denied speaking with Christiansen but later acknowledged he "may have called," but couldn't "recall what was said."[10] Both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News printed editorials calling for a full investigation, but no investigations ever occurred.

Electoral results[edit]

Further information: 16th Utah Senate District
Utah State Senate election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Curt Bramble 11,717 61.57
Democratic RaDene Hatfield 7,314 38.43
Utah State Senate election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Curt Bramble 15,778 76.8
Democratic Fred D. Posorio 4,227 20.6
Libertarian Brady Fackrell 535 2.6

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bramble, Curtis S.". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/medical-cannabis-payment-solutions-appoints-130000776.html
  3. ^ "Board of Directors - ALEC". Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bramble, Curtis S.". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Bramble, Curtis S. Sponsored Legislation". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Bob Bernick. "GOP Mulling Lawsuit Over 'Count My Vote' Compromise". Salt Lake City: Today at Utah Policy. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "My Run-In with the Majority Leader in the Utah State Senate". CartoonBrickWall. Blogspot.com. 2008-08-18. 
  8. ^ Pizzagate: Utah State Senator p0wned by pizza delivery girl!, Daily Kos, 2008-08-25, retrieved 2008-08-25 
  9. ^ "The Bramble Pizza Saga Continues". Nightside Project (KSL Radio). 2008-08-22. 
  10. ^ Leonard, Wendy; Bernick, Bob, Jr. (August 22, 2007). "State audit cites questionable transactions by Mountainland Applied Technology College officials". Deseret News. 

External links[edit]

Legislative Information
Voting Record