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 70)
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]

Senator 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 married to his wife, Penny.[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 2014, 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


Electoral history[edit]

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

2014 Sponsored Legislation[edit]

Bill Title and Number Primary or Floor Sponsor Bill Status
S.B. 92 Metal Theft Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.B. 112 Substitute Game Fowl Fighting Amendments Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 114 Canal Safety Act Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 164 Environmental Protection Amendments Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 197 Motor Vehicle Insurance - Settlement of Claims Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 252 Railroad Crossing Revisions Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 255 Social Work Amendments Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 272 Expansion of Medicaid Program Primary Held in Senate Committee
S.C.R. 2 Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Ririe-woodbury Dance Company Primary Governor Signed 3/12/2014
H.B. 123 Property Tax Lien Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Wheatley Governor Signed 3/31/2014
H.B. 360 Second Substitute Display of License Plates Floor; Primary Rep. Wheatley House/filed 3/13/2014
H.B. 370 Canal Safety Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Anderson Governor Signed 4/1/2014
H.C.R. 7 Support Plans to Reduce Air Pollution in Utah Floor; Primary Rep. Briscoe House/filed 3/13/2014


Pivotal Bills[edit]

Senator Davis has not sponsored any pivotal legislation that has passed. However, had S.B. 112 passed, Gamefowl fighting would have become a felony, which would have decreased the amount of illegal activity in Utah.[5] Fowl fighting is currently just a misdemeanor in Utah, which causes many people to come to Utah to participate in cock fighting.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Davis, Gene". Salt Lake City Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gene Davis' Biographical Profile". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Senate Democrats pick Gene Davis as new leader". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Davis, G. Sponsored Legislation". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "S.B. 112 Substitute Game Fowl Fighting Amendments". Retrieved April 15, 2014. 

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