Allen M. Christensen
|Allen M. Christensen|
Senator Allen Christensen
|Member of the Utah Senate
from the 19th district
January 17, 2005
|Preceded by||David L. Gladwell|
|Political party||Republican Party|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
- 1 Personal Life, Education, and Career
- 2 Background
- 3 Political career
- 4 2014 Sponsored Legislation
- 5 Pivotal Bills
- 6 Political Positions
- 7 Sources
- 8 References
Personal Life, Education, and Career
Christensen attended Brigham Young University, Utah State University and Weber State University. He received his DDS degree from the University of the Pacific. He then did his dental residency at Primary Children’s Hospital and University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1978. He took two years off from his education to serve a Spanish speaking LDS mission. He has worked at his private dental practice in Ogden his entire career. He has also worked with the Commission on Aging, the Pandemic Flu Taskforce, and Baby Watch Oral Health.
- Governor's Medicaid Advisory Board
- Weber County Mosquito Abatement Board
- Head Start Advisor
- Dental Society President
- North Ogden City Councilman
Senator Christensen started his political career as a North Ogden City Councilman, where he served for two 4-year terms. He then decided to run for Senate because of the influence of his friends former Senators Gladwell and Montgomery. He was elected in 2004 and represents district 19. Christensen is affiliated with the following Caucuses:
- Northern Utah Caucus
- Conservative Caucus
- Rural Caucus
- Sportsmen’s Caucus (Co-chair)
- Senate Third House Chairman (social activities for Senate)
Throughout his political career, Senator Christensen has won the Taxpayers Friend Award from Utah Taxpayers Association, Wildlife Advocate of the Year from Utah Department of Wildlife, Legislator of the Year from Utah Medical Association and Advocate of the Year from Ambulatory Surgical Centers.
In 2014, Senator Christensen served on the following committees:
- Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee (Senate Chair)
- Senate Ethics Committee
- Senate Health and Human Services Committee
- Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
2014 Sponsored Legislation
Rep. Christensen was the primary sponsor of these bills:
|Bill Number||Bill Title||Bill Status|
|S.B. 8 S001||Social Services Base Budget||Governor Signed 2/19/2014|
|S.B. 29||Controlled Substance Database Amendments||Governor Signed 3/27/2014|
|S.B. 75||Primary Care Grants Amendments||Governor Signed 4/1/2014|
|S.B. 81 S001||Permanent State Trust Fund Amendments||Senate/filed 3/13/2014|
|S.B. 121||Tobacco Settlement Restricted Account Amendments||Governor Signed 3/28/2014|
|S.B. 168||Charity Care Amendments||Governor Signed 4/1/2014|
|S.C.R. 4||Concurrent Resolution on Wildlife Enhancement||Governor Signed 3/3/2014|
Rep. Christensen also floor sponsored the following bills:
- HB0021 System of Care for Minors in State Custody
- HB0028 Wildlife License Expiration Amendments
- HB0030 Controlled Substances Amendments
- HB0035 Reauthorization of Utah Health Data Authority Act
- HB0040S01 Beer Excise Tax Revenue Amendments
- HB0092S01 Utah Education and Telehealth Network Amendments
- HB0112S10 Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes
- HB0132 Temporary Homeless Youth Shelter Amendments
- HB0141S02 Health Reform Amendments
- HB0217 Service Animals
- HB0291S01 State Laboratory Drug Testing Account Amendments
- HB0346 Foster Children Amendments
- HB0384 Concussion and Head Injury Amendments
Senator Christensen has not sponsored any bills that have been controversial or made any monumental changes.
"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." 
"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 a society. In those areas we need to be efficient, compassionate, and effective."
"The principle of personal responsibility also factors into this equation. Taking charge of one's own life cultivates personal pride and dignity. A citizen in the most humble of circumstances will enjoy that dignity if he chooses to live and value such a life. At times, however, a hand up is necessary. When all other sources have been tried, then our society should help out. Government, however, should never take over a person's life."
"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. A task force of legislators is currently engaged in this legislative equivalent of measuring twice, cutting once.
People on both sides of the issue are very emotional and vocal about their opinions and what they see as the ‘absolute truth’. The task force is hearing some very compelling testimony from both sides and learning the real facts about the problem, including just what can and cannot be done at the state level. I will support the recommendations of the task force."
Health Care Reform
"Our health care system touches the lives of every resident of this state. We need reform but when we tweak the system on one side then the other side complains. All sides must come together in the spirit of creativity and compromise or the current system will end in disaster. We are speeding down a dead end street, and universal health coverage with government being the single payer, and thus the controller is, of course, the inevitable crash point if we don't act soon. I believe the appropriate role of Government is mediator with a club standing in the middle and ready to force a compromise, if necessary. When that is accomplished, government should back off, let the solution work and be as little involved as possible."
"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."
"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."
"Prior public service and a lifetime worth of career experience has taught me to look critically at issues and not just accept face value. Some people, between putting their spin on an issue and using statistics to ‘prove’ a point, can seem very solid and persuasive at first blush. A good legislator must read between the lines and consult the experts before arriving at a decision. I’ve also learned not to fear making a decision, even when some around you disagree." 
In the 2010 session of the Utah state legislature, he proposed legislation that would allow wolves in Utah be "destroyed or removed from the state". According to legal analysis of the bill, it would likely only be enforceable in areas of the state where the wolves are not protected by federal statute.
- "Biographical Sketch". Allen Christensen. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- "Allen M. Christensen's Political Summary". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- "Christensen, Allen M.". Salt Lake City: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- "Christensen A. Sponsored Legislation". Salt Lake City Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- "Utah State Legislature 2010 S.B. 36". Retrieved 2010-02-04.