John L. Valentine
|John L. Valentine|
|Member of the Utah Senate
from the 14th district
January 1, 1999 – present
|Preceded by||Craig A. Peterson|
April 26, 1949 |
|Political party||Republican Party|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
John Valentine (born April 26, 1949) is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing Utah's 14th Senate District since 1998. Prior to being appointed to the Utah Senate he served in the Utah House of Representatives representing Utah's 58th House District from 1988 to 1992 and Utah's 59th House District from 1992 to 1998.
John Valentine was born in Fullerton, California and graduated from Savanna High School, in Anaheim, California. He obtained a B.S. in Accounting and Economics from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1973 and a J.D. from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 1976. Upon graduating, Valentine joined the law firm Howard, Lewis & Petersen based in Provo, UT where he is now a managing partner. Valentine specializes in federal and estate taxation, estate planning, contract, and business law. Valentine has received an "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubble and is a Fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel. Valentine was also awarded the Tax Practitioner of the Year award by the Utah State Bar in 2008. John has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University and is a certified mediator with Utah Dispute Resolution.
Valentine is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has been an active volunteer member of the Utah County Search and Rescue Team for over 25 years. As a lieutenant in the Search and Rescue Team, John has participated in countless mountain, cave, and wilderness rescues.
John Valentine ran for the Utah House of Representatives for Utah's 59th House District in 1988 against Democrat Berdean Jarman. He won re-election in 1990, and in 1992 ran successfully for Utah's 58th House District. In 1998, Senator Valentine was appointed to the Utah State Senate in 1998 to replace Republican Senator Craig A. Peterson, representing the Utah's 14th Senate District. Senator Valentine has held a variety of leadership position in the Senate including Senate Majority Whip in 2001 and Senate President from 2005 to 2008.
Senator Valentine currently serves as the Senate Rules Committee Chairman. He also sits on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the Senate Business and Labor Committee and Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee.