David Clark (Utah politician)
|Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 74th district
January 1, 2001 – November 2011
|Preceded by||Dennis Iverson|
|Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives|
November 2008 – November 2011
|Preceded by||Greg Curtis|
|Succeeded by||Becky Lockhart|
|Born||July 3, 1953|
|Political party||Republican Party|
|Residence||Santa Clara, UT|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
David Clark (born July 3, 1953) is an American politician and banker from Utah. A Republican, he was a member of the Utah State House, representing the state's 74th house district in Santa Clara. He was elected by his colleagues in November 2006 to serve as Majority Leader in the Utah House. In November 2008 he was elected Speaker of the House and served two terms in that capacity.
Early life, education, and banking career
David Clark was born in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he played football for coach LaVell Edwards. He also attended National Commercial Lenders Graduate School and Pacific Coast School of Banking. In 1976, he became President of Regional Banking of Zions Bank.
Utah House of Representatives
In 2000, Clark decided to run for the Utah House of Representatives. He defeated incumbent Republican State Representative Dennis Iverson in the primary 51%-49%. He won the general election unopposed. He won re-election 2002 (74%), 2004 (92%), 2006 (72%), 2008 (72%), and 2010 (78%).
- Legislative accomplishments
Clark is best known for his work on health care issues, helping to create Utah’s Health Insurance Exchange (signed into law by Governor Utah’s Health Insurance Exchange and chairing the Health Reform Task Force while serving as speaker.
- Party Leadership
- Health and Human Services Interim Committee
- House Health and Human Services Committee
- House Revenue and Taxation Committee
- House Rules Committee
- Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee
- Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee (Chairman)
2012 congressional election
In November 2011, he decided to resign his seat to run for the congress in Utah's 2nd congressional district. The seat is being vacated by incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson, who is running in Utah's newly-drawn 4th congressional district. He officially launched his bid on January 13, 2012.
- "House Speaker David Clark's opening remarks of the Utah Legislature". Deseret News. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- Gehrke, Robert (15 December 2011). "Matheson will run in newly created 4th District". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 10 January 2012.