Howard A. Stephenson

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Howard A. Stephenson
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Member of the Utah Senate
from the 11th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1950-11-07) November 7, 1950 (age 66)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie
Residence Draper, Utah
Occupation Public Administrator

Howard A. Stephenson (born November 7, 1950) is a Utah politician representing the State's 11th senate district in Salt Lake County including Draper. He was elected to the State Senate in 1992.

Personal life, education, and career[edit]

Stephenson received a B.S. degree in psychology and aerospace studies from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Public Administration, also from Brigham Young University.[1] Since then, he has worked as a taxpayer advocate and in 2014, he served as President of the Utah Taxpayers Association.[2] Stephenson is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).[3]

Political career[edit]

As a Utah State Senator, Stephenson is well-positioned to influence Utah legislation relating to education and to state revenues. As a state Senator, Stephenson has won the following awards:

  • Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly Recognition
  • Utah Council for Exceptional Children Legislator of the Year
  • Utah Association for Gifted Children Community Service Award
  • Coalition for People with Disabilities 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002 “Hero on the Hill” Award
  • Alpine School District Children’s Behavioral Therapy Unit Autism Preschool Recognition
  • Education Leadership Coalition Recognition
  • Utah Valley Autism Preschool Recognition
  • Utah Food Industry Association 2001, 2004 Outstanding Legislative Service Award
  • Utah Farm Bureau Federation Friend of Agriculture Award
  • Utah Information Technology Association Recognition
  • National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award
  • Utah Taxpayers Association Friend of the Taxpayer Award
  • Utah Restaurant Association Legislator of the Year, 2003, 2004
  • Utah Health Insurance Association Legislator of the Year
  • Utah Correctional Industries Award
  • Sandy City Outstanding Elected Official
  • Grassroots Distinguished Service Award
  • Utah Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award


In 2016, Stephenson served on the following committees:[4]

  • Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee (Senate Chair)
  • Senate Education Committee
  • Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee



2014 Utah State Senate election District 11
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Stephenson 13,195 63.1%
Democratic Michele Weeks 7,713 36.9%



2016 sponsored bills[edit]

Bill Number Bill Title Bill Status
S.B. 38 School Funding Amendments Governor Signed 3/23/2016
S.B. 87 Administrative Rulemaking Act Modifications Governor Signed 3/17/2016
S.B. 88 Administrative Rules Reauthorization Governor Signed 3/29/2016
S.B. 93 Computer Science Initiative For Public Schools Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 112 Property Tax Assessment Amount Amendments Governor Signed 3/29/2016
S.B. 120 Property Tax Notice Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 139 Board of Education Approval Amendments Governor Signed 3/23/2016
S.B. 143 Competency Based Learning Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 152 Accelerated Foreign Language Course Amendments Governor Signed 3/18/2016
S.B. 163 Kindergarten Amendments Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 165 Public Education Appointment and Hiring Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 176 Office of the State Board of Education Amendments Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 204 Free Market Protection and Privatization Board Act Amendments Governor Signed 3/22/2016
S.B. 211 Private Use of Drones Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 224 Student Assessments Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 228 Multicounty Assessing and Collecting Levy Amendments Governor Signed 3/25/2016
S.B. 237 Immigration and Alien Related Amendments Governor Signed 3/18/2016
S.B. 239 School Governance Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016


Notable legislation[edit]

Stephenson is a proponent of year-round schools. He believes that moving public schools to a trimester schedule will save money.[7] On his campaign website, he states that he supports "tuition tax credits or vouchers."[8]

He has proposed a bill which would require surety bonds for guest workers, to "ensure that . . . the people who are here have no criminal background, are disease free, and are paying their own cost of policing."[9]


  1. ^ "Stephenson, Howard". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Meet Howard". Howard Stephenson. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Howard A. Stephenson's Political Summary". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "District 11 Senator - Utah State Senate". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Howard Stephenson - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  6. ^ "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  7. ^ Stewart, Kirsten (November 18, 2009). "Year-round schools pitch fails -- for now". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  8. ^ Howard Stephenson campaign website, statement on education
  9. ^ "Lawmakers crafting numerous immigration bills," KSL news, August 9, 2010