Christopher Herrod

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Chris Herrod
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
Assumed office
January 4, 2007
Preceded by Jeff Alexander
Personal details
Born Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alia Herrod
Children 4: Katya, Niles, Dale, and Reagan[1]
Profession marketing director, real estate developer, small businessman
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Christopher N. Herrod (born August 31, 1965) is a real estate developer and Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives from Provo, representing the 62nd district.

Herrod is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), serving as Utah state leader.[2]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Herrod has a B.A. in International Relations and Family Living (1990), and a Master's degree in Organizational Behavior (1992), both from Brigham Young University. He spent 1992-1993 as an Assistant Professor at Kharkov State University; in 1995-1996, he served as an instructor and advisor at Utah Valley State College's Kiev affiliate, the Kiev College of Hotel Management. From 1997-1998, he was international marketing director of Neways. After a brief stint at Merck (1998–99), Herrod went into real estate development, as owner/manager of Keystone Developers and Pangaea Development. He has also served as adjunct faculty in international business at Utah Valley University.[3]

Utah House of Representatives[edit]


In 2007, incumbent State Representative Jeff Alexander decided to resign from his seat to take a part-time volunteer job in Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.'s economic development office. For the Republican nomination, Provo Republican delegates narrowed the field to two candidates: John Curtis and Chris Herrod. No candidate reached the 60% threshold to avoid an appointment.[4] Governor Jon Huntsman wasn't the person who appoints a candidate, the party leader does. Utah Republican Party Chairwoman Enid Greene decided to appoint Chris Herrod to the seat, even though he didn't reach the 60% threshold and that he got fewer delegate votes than Curtis.[5][6][7]

In 2008, he defeated Democrat Claralyn Hill, a Provo attorney, 59%-41%.[8] In 2010, he won re-election with 69% of the vote.[9]


Herrod has garnered opposition for his conservative views. He has actively opposed such moderate measures as Utah's centrist immigration reform law. He has been criticized for contradicting the moderate position on immigration favored by the state's majority faith, the LDS Church.[10] Some Utah business leaders have expressed concern that the enforcement-only immigration laws that Herrod has proposed could cripple Utah businesses' competitiveness.[11]

Herrod gained widespread attention when he proposed a bill that would have censored programming on Utah's public radio station (KUER) and public television station (KUED). The Salt Lake Tribune criticized him for not having consulted public television executives when drafting the bill.[12]

Committee assignments[edit]

For the 2009-2010 session, he is assigned to the House Public Utilities and Technology Committee; and to the House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee, of which he is Vice Chair.

2012 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In January 2012, was one of several candidates to announce that he would run for the U.S. Senate election in Utah and would challenge incumbent Orrin Hatch for the Republican nomination. He said "I absolutely hate the direction that we are going in as a nation. I hate socialism."[13][14] It was Hatch's first primary competition since his election in 1976. Hatch won the primary election easily; Herrod did not make it to the primary.[15]

Personal life[edit]

During his teenage years he travelled to Vienna, Hungary, and then-divided Berlin. He is a Mormon, and did his missionary service in Sweden. He is married to Alia, whom he met while in the Ukraine; they have four children (Katya, Niles, Dale, and Reagan). Herrod is a scoutmaster, and an active fencer. In March 2010 he self-published a 186-page book called, The Forgotten Immigrant - How Tolerating Illegal Immigration Hurts Immigrants, under the imprint Live Free Publishing, LLC.[16]


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  16. ^ Webb, LaVarr. "New Book by Rep. Christopher Herrod: The Forgotten Immigrant May 12, 2010

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