Karen Mayne

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Sen. Karen Mayne
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 5th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Salt Lake City, Utah
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ed Mayne, widowed
Children 2
Residence West Valley City, Utah
Alma mater Henagers Business College
Occupation paraeducator

Karen Mayne is a Democratic member of the Utah Senate, representing the 5th District (map) in West Valley City since her appointment in 2008. She is the widow of former State Senator Ed Mayne.

Early Life, Education, and Career[edit]

Mayne is a graduate of Chamber West Leadership Center and attended Henagers Business College.[1] She worked for 20 years as a Granite School District Para-educator and is retired from that position.[1] Throughout her career as a Para-educator, she won the Para-educator of the Year, the American Federation of Teachers, the Lucy Beth Rampton Award for Community Service, and the Service to Community Award.[1] Karen is the proud mother of two children, Paul (Jana) and Jamie (Trevor), and a grandmother of six grandchildren.[1] Mayne is a lifelong resident of the West side of Salt Lake Valley.[1]

Political career[edit]

Before her position as Senator, Mayne was active in PTA, local baseball and football organizations, and numerous political and community activities.[1] Her political career has included positions in the following organizations:

  • Democratic Women’s Club, Member and Past President
  • Former UTA Board of Directors
  • Kearns Recreation Center, Board Member
  • Habitat for Humanity, Board Member
  • IHC Homecare and Hospice, Board Member
  • Legacy of Learning – Workers’ Compensation Fund, Member
  • Rocky Mountain Occupational Health Center, Board Member
  • SLCC Advisory Board, Member
  • Supporter of Women in the Trades – Promoting Non-Traditional Occupations for Women
  • United Way Policy Board, Member
  • Western Coalition of Westside Leaders
  • Women In Government, State Director
  • Workers Compensation Advisory Council


Upon Senator Ed Mayne's death (Karen Mayne's husband) in 2007, Mayne was appointed to his senate seat. Since then, she has been elected in 2008 and 2010 as a Democrat.[1] In 2014, she served as the Assistant Minority Whip and the Senate Minority Whip.[1]

In 2014, Mayne served on the following committees:

  • Executive Appropriations Committee
  • Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Business and Labor Committee
  • Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
  • Senate Ethics Committee
  • Senate Retirement & Independent Entities Committee
  • Senate Rules Committee
  • Senate Transportation & Public Utilities & Technology Committee


During her service as Senator, Mayne has won a number of awards, including the Elenor Roosevelt Distinguished Woman of the Year Award,[3] Legislator of the Year Award From Salt Lake Community College, Utah School Nurse Association Appreciation Award, “Hero on the Hill,” from the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities, Firefighters’ Legislator of the Year, Workers Compensation Fund President’s Award, the Sunshine Award (given for protection of free speech and open government), Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Business Champion of 2013, and the Award of Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health presented by the Rocky Mountain Center.[1]

Election Results[edit]

Utah State Senate election Dis. 5, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jonathan Fidler 6,641 32.7
Democratic Karen Mayne 13,676 67.3

2014 Sponsored Legislation[edit]

Bill Number and Title Primary or Floor Sponsor Status of Bill
SB036 S005 Voter Information Amendments Primary Governor Signed 4/1/2014
SB044 Substitute Workers' Compensation and Employee Misconduct Primary Governor Signed 3/29/2014
SB087 Contractor Employee Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/29/2014
SB096 Veterans' Assistance Registry Primary Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 98 Paraeducator Funding Primary House/filed 3/13/2014
SB102 Service Gratuity Amendments Primary Sponsor Decided not to run bill
SB106 Workplace Safety Week Designation Primary Governor Signed 3/28/2014
SB113 Public Meetings Amendments Primary Governor Signed 4/2/2014
SB127 Labor Commission Decision Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/29/2014
SB140 Advanced Placement Test Funding Primary Governor Signed 3/29/2014
SB216 S003 Political Subdivisions Revisions Primary Governor Signed 4/1/2014
SJR005 Privatization of Government Services Joint Resolution Primary Senate/ filed 3/13/2014
HB083 Local Government Residential Reimbursement Authority Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Anderson Senate/filed 3/13/2014
HB264 Disabled Parking Fine Amendments Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Seelig Governor Signed 3/21/14
HB280 Technical Revisions to Pawnshop Statute Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Romero Governor Signed 3/21/14
HCR9 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the 20th Anniversary of the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism Floor; Primary Sponsor Rep. Spendlove Governor Signed 3/29/2014


Pivotal Bills[edit]

In 2014, Senator Mayne Sponsored S.B. 36 which only allows certain groups, such as political parties and health care providers, to access voter birth dates. It also restricts their use of that information for verifying identities or political purposes, such as urging support for a candidate. The Governor signed this bill into law. [5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Keegan Rank. "About Karen". Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mayne, Karen". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Karen Mayne Facebook". Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Karen Mayne Sponsored Legislation". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Michelle L. Price. "Officials hope new Utah voter list law prevents misuse". Salt Lake City, Utah: The Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 

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