LaVar Christensen

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LaVar Christensen
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 32nd[1] district
In office
January 1, 2003; January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2006
Personal details
Born August 18, 1953
Upland, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Draper, Utah
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Profession Attorney
Religion Mormon

LaVar Christensen is an American politician from Utah, serving as a Republican state representative from the state's 48th district January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2006; January 1, 2011.

Early Life and Career[edit]

Christensen was born and raised in Upland, California but his family is originally from Utah. His great great grandfather was a member of Utah’s first territorial House of Representatives. Christensen is an attorney with a broad legal background in real estate development. He received his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. While in law school, he was a Legislative Assistant for the Governor of California and Law Clerk for Judge Rothwell B. Mason. He is married to Susan Kay Christensen. They have three children. Christensen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). [2]

Political Career[edit]

Christensen was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Utah's 2nd congressional district (map). Christensen was defeated by the incumbent, Jim Matheson, in the 2006 mid-term election and subsequently left the Utah House of Representatives. However, Christensen filed his candidacy with the Lieutenant Governor's office in March 2008 to run for the same Utah House seat he vacated in 2006. In May 2008, he defeated the incumbent, Representative Sylvia Andersen, who took over the seat in 2006, at that year's GOP nominating convention and was the party's nominee in the general election for that cycle.[3]

Christensen was elected to the Utah State House of Representatives (District 48 in Sandy/Draper) in 2002. His committee assignments included Vice-Chair of Education, Budget Appropriations for Public Education, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; Chair of Judicial Rules Review Committee and member of the Constitutional Revision Commission.

2006 While Christensen won in several lesser-populated counties, he lost in traditional Republican strongholds, such as San Juan Cty., Daggett Cty., and Emery Cty. He lost the largest county: Salt Lake County, Utah by 49,264 votes and was unable to make up such a huge vote deficit. Christensen campaigned in 2006 as the Republican candidate in a traditionally Republican district. Like Matheson's Republican challengers in the past, Christensen's advertisements focused primarily on party affiliation and national issues. His campaign motto was "America Needs Utah". His advertisements frequently mentioned that Nancy Pelosi would become Speaker of the House if the Democrats won a majority.

2008 Christensen's opponent in 2008 for Utah State House District 48 was Trisha Beck, who narrowly defeated him. [4]

During the 2014 General Session Christensen served on the House Health and Human Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

2014 Sponsored Legislation[edit]

Bill Number Bill Title Status
HB0201S02 Visitation Amendments Governor Signed - 3/31/2014
HB0213S01 Criminal Penalties for Sexual Conduct With a Student Governor Signed - 3/29/2014
HB0287 Arbitration for Dog Bite Amendments Governor Signed - 3/20/2014
HB0318S01 Rights of Parents and Children Amendments House/ filed - 3/13/2014
HB0347S01 Insurance Coverage for Infertility Treatment Governor Signed - 4/1/2014
HB0418S03 Rights of Grandparents to Child Visitation House/ filed - 3/13/2014

Representative Christensen floor sponsored a further two bills during the 2014 General Session.

Pivotal Bills[edit]

In the Utah state legislature, Christensen has a relatively conservative voting record. He has consistently fought against same-sex marriage and for pro-life causes.[5] Christensen supports making the 2001 federal tax cuts permanent, supports easing restrictions on oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.[6]

Christensen wrote a paper supporting his Constitutional Amendment for The Sutherland Institute. In this document, Christensen outlined his argument for Utah's successful Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage.

He was named 2005 Statesman of the Year by the Salt Lake County Republican Party. Christensen also sponsored legislation that recognizes and strengthens parental rights in Utah as well as civic and character education in Utah's public schools.

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