Stephen Sandstrom

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Stephen Sandstrom
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 58th district
In office
2007–2013
Succeeded by Spencer Cox
Personal details
Born 1964
Political party Republican
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Religion Latter-day Saint

Stephen Eric Sandstrom (born 1964) is an American politician. He was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013. Born in Provo, Utah, Sandstrom is a Latter-day Saint. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Brigham Young University, but has largely worked in architecture. From 1993 to 2006 he served as a member of the Orem Citfy Council. In 2006 he was elected to the Utah State Legislature.

In 2010, Sandstrom announced that he was drafting immigration legislation similar to Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070.[1] He later reversed his position on unauthorized immigration and called for the passage of the DREAM Act.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sandstorm spent his childhood in a politically active home. Instead of watching television, Stephen's parents taught their children about American history, politics and the US constitution. As a boy Stephen once rode his bicycle into Provo, where he came across campaign literature and decided to help distribute this literature. A short time later, he was awarded the Boy Scouts of America's Eagle scout award. As a young man he heard a POW speak, which influenced his desire to join the military. At 17 he earned his pilot's licence and at age 19 he left to serve a Latter-Day Saints mission. After his Mission, he joined the military.

Career[edit]

After his father's stroke, Stephen took over his business and made it a success. Later he become a part of the Orem city council. He is a member of the Utah house of representatives. When health care reform become a big issue, Stephen became the co-founder of the Patrick Henry Caucus that now operates in over 30 states. This caucus is designed to fight government over-spending.

As a Utah representative, Stephen was a strong proponent of public education and built a record of fighting against gambling and identity theft.

In 2011 Bob Lonsberry questioned the legitimacy of Sandstrom's biography, during his radio show on KLO1430 AM. He noted that while technically accurate, Sandstrom's history was presented out of context in what appeared to be an attempt to enhance his resume.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Steve is an avid outdoorsman. He is married to Jen Sandstrom and they are raising four children.

Congressional campaign[edit]

On April 21, 2012, at the Utah Republican Convention, Sandstrom was defeated by Mia Love as nominee to run for Utah's 4th District congressional seat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Condon, Stephanie (April 28, 2010). "Will Other States Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration?". CBS News. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Montero, David (March 14, 2013). "Sandstrom Says Immigration Law He Pushed Should Be Axed.". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

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