|Curtis S. Bramble|
|Member of the Utah Senate
from the 16th district
January 15, 2001
|Preceded by||Howard C. Nielsen|
|Occupation||Certified Public Accountant|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Curtis Scott Bramble is an American politician and Certified Public Accountant from Utah. A Republican, he is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 16th senate district in Provo. Bramble was the Majority Leader in the Utah Senate from 2006 to 2008. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, a national association of legislators.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Senate career
- 3 Issue Positions and Controversies
- 4 Electoral results
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 External links
Early life and career
Curt Bramble was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he graduated from Crown High School. 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. After Notre Dame, Bramble attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a B.S in Accounting and MS in Accounting. Bramble was elected to the Utah Senate in 2000, defeating Democratic candidate John R. Curtis in the general election. Bramble was re-elected to the Utah Senate in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He currently resides in Provo with his wife Susan. He has 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
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 reelected to his third term to the Utah Senate on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, after defeating Democrat Radene Hatfied.
Senator Bramble maintains an up-to-date website which includes a blog, issue positions, a calendar of events, videos, and a survey.
Issue Positions and Controversies
Courts and the Constitution
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bramble achieved national notoriety 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. He then began to lecture the delivery person about forms of payment, and tried to use his position in the state legislature as a way to get his personal check accepted. 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 6.67% tip, meager by U.S. social conventions.
The delivery driver later wrote about the experience on her personal blog, and it became an Internet sensation and was featured on the widely read Daily Kos. Due to the resulting attention, she appeared on a talk radio station in Salt Lake City to talk about her experience with Senator Bramble.
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." Both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News printed editorials calling for a full investigation, but no investigations ever occurred.
|Utah State Senate election, 2008|
|Utah State Senate election, 2004|
|Democratic||Fred D. Posorio||4,227||20.6|
- Board of Directors - ALEC |accessdate=April 17, 2012
- "My Run-In with the Majority Leader in the Utah State Senate". CartoonBrickWall. Blogspot.com. 2008-08-18.
- Pizzagate: Utah State Senator p0wned by pizza delivery girl!, Daily Kos, 2008-08-25, retrieved 2008-08-25
- "The Bramble Pizza Saga Continues". Nightside Project (KSL Radio). 2008-08-22.
- Leonard, Wendy; Bernick, Bob, Jr. (August 22, 2007). "State audit cites questionable transactions by Mountainland Applied Technology College officials". Deseret News.
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