Aaron Osmond

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Aaron Osmond
Aaron Osmond
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 10 district
In office
Preceded by Chris Buttars
Succeeded by Lincoln Fillmore
Personal details
Born October 31
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy
Children Madalyn, Jameson, Daniel, Ryan, and Jackson
Residence South Jordan, UT
Alma mater University of Phoenix
Profession Vice President and General Manager; Certiport, a Pearson VUE business
Website http://www.aaronosmond.com

Aaron Osmond is a former Republican member of the Utah Senate, representing the 10th district.[1][2] He resigned from office December 5, 2015.

Early Life, Education, and Career[edit]

Aaron Osmond was born and raised in Provo, Utah.[1] He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Rome, Italy.[1] He received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.[1][3]

While taking his degree, he also worked for WordPerfect and Novell for twelve years.[1] In 2003 he joined Microsoft, where he managed a $200 million educational product line.[1][3] In 2006, he started investing in real estate.[1] During that time he served as the CEO of Real Estate Investor Education, LLC for 5 years. In April 2012, he assumed responsibility as VP of North America for Certiport, an IT Education Testing Company.[1][3]

Aaron and his wife Nancy are the parents of 5 children.[4] Nancy is a Pediatric Registered Nurse by profession.[4] Their family has lived in South Jordan since 2006.[4] Aaron Osmond is the nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond. His father Virl Osmond is one of the nine children of George and Olive Osmond but did not perform in The Osmonds family band.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 2011, Osmond was elected as state senator for the 10th district, formerly represented by Chris Buttars.[1][3][5] In 2013, he attracted national attention when he called for an end to compulsory education.[6][7] Senator Osmond has been affiliated with South Jordan Chamber of Commerce as the Vice Chair and the Provo City Planning Commission/Board of Adjustments.[8] In 2014, Osmond served on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, the Chair of the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee, and the Senate Education Committee.[8] In 2015, Osmond stepped down from the Senate after he couldn't take all the stressful pressure of being called silly in an e-mail.[9]

Pivotal Bills/ In the News[edit]

In 2013, Osmond attracted attention when he called for an end to compulsory education.[6] Osmond wrote "some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system. As a result, our teachers and schools have been forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling, to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education, as well as ensuring full college and career readiness." [6]

2014 Sponsored Legislation[edit]

Bill Number Bill Title Bill Status
S.B. 31 State Agency Reporting Amendments Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 39 Substitute Home School Amendments Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 42 Early Childhood Education Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 101 Public Education Human Resource Management Amendments Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.B. 103 Substitute Local Control of Classroom Time Requirements Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 104 Improvement of Reading Instruction Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 109 S 002 Radon Awareness Campaign Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 104 Improvement of Reading Instruction Governor Signed 4/1/2013
S.B. 109 S002 Radon Awareness Campaign Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 110 Substitute Guardianship Forms for Parents of Disabled Adult Child Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 111 S 003 Education Funding Equalization Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 122 S002 Parental Rights in Public Education Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 131 Substitute Student Leadership Grant Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 149 Substitute Drowsy Driving Amendments Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 215 Public School Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan Amendments Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 236 Higher Education Admission Amendments Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 244 Substitute Modifications to Property Tax Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.C.R. 1 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Inclusion of Under God in the Pledge of Allegiance Governor Signed 3/3/2014
S.J.R. 2 Joint Resolution on Legislative Power Senate/filed 3/13/2014

Senator Osmond also Floor Sponsored the following bills:

  • HB0022 Workforce Services Amendments
  • HB0033 Reauthorization of Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism
  • HB0041 Clean Fuel School Buses and Infrastructure
  • HB0109S02 Public Education Capital Funding Equalization
  • HB0236 State School Board Nomination Revisions
  • HB0274 Committee Subpoena Powers Amendment
  • HB0320S01 Educators' Professional Learning
  • HB0329 Programs for Youth Protection
  • HB0368 Jury Duty Amendments
  • HB0409 Statewide Education Coordinating Committee



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Official website biography Archived January 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Utah Senate webpage
  3. ^ a b c d e Drake, Katie (May 17, 2011). "Buttars' replacement hopes to be a force on Capitol Hill". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Aaron Osmond State Senate". Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Amanda Verzello, 'Aaron Osmond wins Buttars' Senate seat', in Deseret News, March 31, 2011 [1]
  6. ^ a b c Wood, Benjamin. "Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education" Deseret News July 16, 2013
  7. ^ Celock, John. "Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator, Calls For End To Mandatory Education" Huffington Post July 17, 2013
  8. ^ a b "Osmond, Aaron". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Osmond steps down from Senate and UCAT consideration, Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved October 25, 2015 
  10. ^ "Aaron Osmond Sponsored Legislation". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2014.