|Born||July 30, 1971|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
Morgan Philpot (born July 30, 1971) is a former state representative for District 45 in the heart of Salt Lake County, and the 2010 Republican nominee for Utah's 2nd congressional district. He is a former vice-chair of the Utah Republican Party. Philpot is currently a candidate for Governor of the U.S. state of Utah.
Philpot has been involved in politics for much of his life. He was a White House intern in 1997 and has been active in Republican politics in Utah for a number of years. In addition to being a state and county delegate, he ran and won a seat in the Utah House of Representatives in 2000. He ran again in 2002 and won another term. Just before the end of his second term, he resigned his seat and went to the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, MI.
Upon graduation, he returned to Utah where he worked for Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, before accepting a position as the General Counsel and Government Affairs director for Reagan Outdoor Advertising.
Utah House of Representatives
While in office, Philpot sponsored the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship bill, the Prohibition of Public Funding for Abortion and the Designation of Constitution & Bill of Rights Day in Utah. He received awards from the Utah Taxpayer's Association, from "Grass Roots" which gave him top honors in 2002 (the first year they started the awards), 2003 and 2004. He also received the "Guardian of Small Business" from NFIB and the Statesmanship Citation from the Newquist group.
Utah GOP Vice-Chair career and Congressional campaign
In early 2009, Philpot declared his intention to run against the incumbent vice-chair of the state Republican party. He won that race with 52% of the vote. While in office, he helped to create a Web Communications committee, which publishes a monthly newsletter and reaches out via social media. On Jan 15, 2010, he announced his resignation as party vice-chair and his intention to run for Utah's Second Congressional District. He lost to Democrat Jim Matheson by 5%.
Campaign for Governor
On December 1, 2011 Philpot officially announced his plans to run for Governor of Utah. At the press conference he said that current Governor Gary Herbert has not done enough to assert the states power in the face of the federal government. He also said that the federal government as it stands is leading the nation toward a European style socialist democracy. Philpot also commented that he would fight the federal government's power to enforce programs like the 2010 health care law passed by the United States Congress with lawsuits and would even be willing to be taken away in handcuffs in defiance of the law.
Morgan is now living in Utah County with his wife, Natalie, and their five children. In February 2012, Philpot walked away uninjured after crash sent him, and two campaign staff, down a 100-foot embankment.
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- "2004GS Bill Search Results". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
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- Morgan Philpot For Governor
- Facebook: Morgan Philpot
- Twitter: @MorganPhilpot
- Google+: Morgan Philpot
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- 2002 Grassroots rankings
- 2003 Grassroots rankings
- 2004 Grassroots rankings
- Article about the Carson Smith bill
- 2009 Convention results