Gene Davis (politician)

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Gene Davis
Gene Davis.jpg
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 3rd district
Assumed office
January 1999
Preceded by Blaze D. Wharton
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 30th district
In office
Succeeded by Jackie Biskupski
Personal details
Born (1945-07-02) July 2, 1945 (age 71)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Penny
Profession Public Relations and Advertising

Gene Davis is a Democratic member of the Utah Senate, representing the 3rd District (map) since 1999. Previously he was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1987 to 1998.

Personal life, education, and career[edit]

Davis graduated from South High School.[1] He then received his Bachelor of Laws from LaSalle Extension University and his Radio Operational Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree.[1] He worked in public relations and advertising.[1] Davis is a widower, his wife Penny died in 2015.[2]

Political career[edit]

Davis has served on the Sugarhouse Community Council as the past chair.[1] He is also the past president for the Sugarhouse Rotary.[1] Davis served in the House of Representatives from January 1, 1987 - December 31, 1998.[1] He was elected to the Senate in 1998.[1] In 2012, Senator Davis was elected as the Minority Leader in the senate.[3]

In 2016, Senator Davis served on the following committees:

  • Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Executive Appropriations Committee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Business and Labor Committee
  • Senate Ethics Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Senate Retirement and Independent Entities Committee
  • Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee
  • Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee


Electoral history[edit]

In 2014 Senator Davis ran unopposed in the primary and general election.[5]

2010 Utah State Senate election District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lee Brinton 9,190 49%
Democratic Gene Davis 9,396 51%
2006 Utah State Senate election District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Julene Oliver 7,032 42.7
Democratic Gene Davis 8,983 54.5
2002 Utah State Senate election District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brad Probst 8,512 48.2
Democratic Gene Davis 9,146 51.8



2016 sponsored bills[edit]

Bill Title and Number Bill Status
S.B.77 Medicaid Expansion Proposal Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 247 Sale of State Land Act Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 253 Animal Shelter Revisions Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.J.R. 7 Joint Rules Resolution On Committee Bills Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016


Notable legislation[edit]

In 2016 Senator Davis sponsored the bill SB77, which would have created full medicaid expansion for the state under the Affordable Care Act. The bill did not pass, instead Representative Dunnigan's health care bill HB437 passed.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Davis, Gene". Salt Lake City Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wife of Senator Gene Davis Dies". Gephardt Daily. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Senate Democrats pick Gene Davis as new leader". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "District 3 Senator - Utah State Senate". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Gene Davis - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  6. ^ "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Utah Governor Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law". Retrieved March 27, 2014. 

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