Curt Bramble

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

Early life and career[edit]

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.[1] After Notre Dame, Bramble attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a B.S in and M.S. in Accounting.[1] Bramble worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Utah.[1] Bramble was 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 lives 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 in 2000 and took office in January 2001. He initially 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. Bramble was reelected to his third term to the Utah Senate in November 2008, defeating Democrat Radene Hatfied.

During the 2014 Legislative Session, Bramble served on the following committees:[3]

  • 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

In 2008 Bramble received the National Legislator of the Year Award from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and he has served on the Board of Directors of ALEC.[4]

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 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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Open primary legislation[edit]

In 2014, Bramble sponsored S.B. 54 Second Substitute Elections Amendments.[6] The enacted bill allows for an optional open primary.[7]

Positions[edit]

Education[edit]

Bramble contends that parents are best suited to make important decisions regarding the care and education of their children. During the recession of 2008–2011, he supported increased funding for public eduction.

Economic growth[edit]

Bramble believes in free-market capitalism and supports business, especially small business. He believes in simple, lower and flat tax systems with less regulation.

Energy[edit]

Bramble believes fossil fuels will continue to be the primary source of energy for generations and that United States energy independence is a national security and national sovereignty issue, and that government must allow domestic energy producers to reasonably develop natural resources.

Environment[edit]

Bramble believes that economic liberty, public access and natural resource development can be mutually supportive of protecting the environment.;

Government transparency[edit]

Bramble advocates for government transparency.

Gun rights[edit]

Bramble supports gun rights and is “A” rated by the National Rifle Association.[citation needed]

Immigration[edit]

He considers immigration policy to be a federal government responsibility.

Marriage and family[edit]

Bramble considers traditional marriage to be between one man and one woman.

Taxes[edit]

Bramble supports taxation rights and the need to reduce taxes in Utah.

Transportation[edit]

Supporting infrastructure improvements, he helped negotiate funding a 2012 $1.7 billion I-15 reconstruction project in Utah County.

Utah Valley University[edit]

Bramble has advocated for Utah Valley University, supporting university status and improved programs.

Float building controversy[edit]

The Deseret Morning News and Salt Lake Tribune called for an ethics investigation into an incident involving Bramble, Representative Becky Lockhart and Mountainland Applied Technology College. Allegedly 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, e.g., that "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."[8] No investigation ensued.

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. ^ "Bramble, Curtis S.". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Board of Directors - ALEC". Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Bramble, Curtis S. Sponsored Legislation". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ S.B. 54 Second Substitute Elections Amendments
  7. ^ Bob Bernick. "GOP Mulling Lawsuit Over 'Count My Vote' Compromise". Salt Lake City: Today at Utah Policy. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ 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