Scott K. Jenkins

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Scott K. Jenkins
Senator Scott Jenkins
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 20th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 15, 2001
Preceded by Joseph L. Hull
Personal details
Born Ogden, Utah
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Becky
Residence Plain City, Utah
Occupation Businessman, Owner of Great Western Supply
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Website Legislative Website

Scott Jenkins is an American politician and Businessman from Utah. A Republican, he is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 20th senate district in Weber and Davis counties. Jenkins has an associates degree from Weber State University.

Personal life and education[edit]

Jenkins has lived in Utah all his life.[1] In fact, he was raised about 100 feet from where he lives now.[1] Jenkins went to Weber High School and earned his A.S. from Weber State College.[2] He is married to his wife, Rebecca and they have five children: Jennifer, Erick, Jolene, Irene, Austin.[3]

Background[edit]

  • Did Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Confirmation Committee as chair of the Plain City Planning Commission
  • Plain City Council
  • Plain City Mayor
  • Weber Area Council of Governments
  • Bona Vista Water District (Chair and Board of Directors)
  • Weber County Boundary Commission (Chair)

Political career[edit]

Scott Jenkins was elected to be a Senator in 2000.[4] He served as the Majority Leader from 2009-2012.[4] Before his time in the Senate, Jenkins was Mayor of Plain City, Utah, and a Member of the Plain City Council, Utah, 1979-1987.[4]

Jenkins has been a member of the following committees [1]:

  • Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropraitions Subcommittee
  • Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee (Chair)
  • Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee
  • Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee (Chair)
  • Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Confirmation Committee
  • State Water Development Commission

In 2014, Jenkins served on the following committees:

  • Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee (Chair)
  • Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee

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Election results[edit]

Utah State Senate election Dis. 20, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott Jenkins 18,476 63.5
Democratic Steve Olsen 10,628 36.5
Utah State Senate election Dis. 20, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott Jenkins 15,982 57.6
Democratic Joe Hull 11,784 42.4

2014 sponsored legislation[edit]

Bill Number Bill Title Bill Status
S.B. 23 School Construction Amendments Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 26 Air Conservation Act Reauthorization Governor Signed 3/25/2014
S.B. 85 Driving Under the Influence Sentencing Revisions Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 99 S001 State Vehicle Efficiency Requirements Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 120 S003 Shelter Animal Vaccine Amendments Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 135 S002 Voter Registration Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 154 All-terrain Vehicle Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 158 Cemetery Amendments Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 159 Substitute Bail Amendments Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.B. 175 Law Enforcement Services Account Amendments Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 179 S003 Procurement Revisions Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 192 Amendments to Automatic External Defibrillator Restricted Account Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 201 Second Substitute Expungement Modifications Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 241 Substitute County Jail Contracting Amendments Became law w/o Governor's Signature 4/2/2014
S.J.R. 15 S001 Joint Resolution on Political Parties Senate/filed 3/13/2014

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He also floor sponsored the following bills:

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Political positions[edit]

Education[edit]

"Public and Higher Education needs to remain our number one budget priority. We have made great strides in education funding over the past four years and we need to continue to do so. I believe our teachers are heroes and they deserve to make a decent living.

Our responsibility does not stop there, however. We also need to explore new methods of providing our young students with an excellent education. Money, alone, will not get the job done."[2]

Taxes[edit]

"Citizens of Utah have been taxed too often and much too liberally. Too many programs crowd the budget and many people have come to feel entitled to their piece of the pie. Government was never meant to provide so much to so many. I sincerely believe we need to return to our historic belief in personal responsibility. That said, there are some things only government can do for as society. In those areas we need to be efficient, compassionate, and effective."[3]

Immigration[edit]

"I am pleased that Utah is looking at this problem in a very serious yet careful way. We passed fairly sweeping legislation to deal with the issue but delayed the implementation date by one year. We are using this time to scrutinize the myriad aspects of the problem and make sure the new law is the right way to go. I was asked to chair the task force currently engaged in this legislative equivalent of measuring twice, cutting once."[4]

Appropriate government[edit]

"I have always believed that government only does a few things very well. My close proximity over the past years hasn't changed my opinion very much. My job as state senator is to keep government out of your lives just as much as it is to appropriately apply and manage government solutions."[5]

Integrity[edit]

"The legislative process is at best a complicated affair. A legislator without integrity is on a hopelessly downward spiral. I have personally found that by far the majority of decisions made in the legislative process are made for the right reasons and in accordance with that individual's true feelings. Occasionally ‘politics’ enters into the process, but not as often as many want to believe. Personal integrity is an absolute must in a legislator. I'm not perfect, but I do strive to represent you with integrity. If you ever percieve [sic] otherwise, you need to let me know."[6]

Other[edit]

In February 2012, Jenkins made headlines in Utah for voting to deny tax breaks for military veterans, arguing the military already enjoys too many perks.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bio". Vote Jenkins. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Jenkins, Scott K.". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Scott Jenkins' Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Senator Scott K. Jenkins's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Jenkins, S. Sponsored Legislation". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Senate leader opposes tax break for military members". United States Salt Lake Tribune.