John L. Valentine

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John L. Valentine
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John Valentine
Member of the Utah Senate
from the district
In office
January 1, 1999 – September 2014 (appointed to Utah Tax Commission)
Preceded byCraig A. Peterson
Succeeded byAlvin B. Jackson
Personal details
BornFullerton, CA
Political partyRepublican Party
ResidenceOrem, UT
WebsiteLegislative Website

John Valentine is a former member of the Utah State Senate, who represented Utah's 14th Senate District from 1999 to 2014. Prior to being appointed to the Utah Senate he served in the Utah House of Representatives representing Utah's 58th House District from 1988 to 1992 and Utah's 59th House District from 1992 to 1998. Valentine served as the Utah Senate President from 2005–2008. On August 4, 2014, Valentine was appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert to serve as Chair of the Utah State Tax Commission.

Early life, education and career[edit]

John Valentine was born in Fullerton, California and graduated from Savanna High School, in Anaheim, California.[1] He obtained a B.S. in Accounting and Economics from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1973 and a J.D. from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 1976.[1] Upon graduating, Valentine joined the law firm Howard, Lewis & Petersen based in Provo, UT where he is now a managing partner.[1] Valentine specializes in federal and estate taxation, estate planning, contract, and business law. Valentine has received an "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubble and is a Fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel.[1] Valentine was also awarded the Tax Practitioner of the Year award by the Utah State Bar in 2008.[1] John has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University and is a certified mediator with Utah Dispute Resolution.[1] Valentine is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has been an active volunteer member of the Utah County Search and Rescue Team for over 25 years.[1] As a lieutenant in the Search and Rescue Team, Valentine has participated in countless mountain, cave, and wilderness rescues.[1]

Senator Valentine is also a CPA California Emergency Medical Technician, Utah State Bar Examiner, National Association Search and Rescue (NASAR) Instructor, Utah Bar Association member, member of the Tax Section and Tax Specialization Committee, member of the American Bar Association (tax section), executive board member of the Utah National Parks Council, Fellow in the American College for Trust and Estate Counsel, and a member of the NCSL Assembly on Fiscal Affairs and Oversight.[2]

Valentine is married to his wife, Karen and they have 6 children together.[1] Valentine is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[3]

Political career[edit]

John Valentine ran for the Utah House of Representatives for Utah's 59th House District in 1988 against Democrat Berdean Jarman. He won re-election in 1990, and in 1992 ran successfully for Utah's 58th House District. In 1998, Senator Valentine was appointed to the Utah State Senate in 1998 to replace Republican Senator Craig A. Peterson, representing the Utah's 14th Senate District. Senator Valentine has held a variety of leadership position in the Senate including Senate Majority Whip in 2001 and Senate President from 2005 to 2008.

In 2014, Senator Valentine served as the Senate Rules Committee Chairman. He also sat on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee, the Standing Senate Business and Labor Committee, and the Standing Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee.[2]

2014 Sponsored Legislation[edit]

Bill Number Bill Title Bill Status
S.B. 27 Reauthorization of Massage Therapy Licensure Act Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 49 Parental Permission to Release Student Information Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 60 Fuel Excise Tax Amendments Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 123 Interlocal Cooperation Act Revisions Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.B. 133 Benefit Corporation Amendments Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 134 Taxation Related Referendum Amendments Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 144 Driver License Modifications Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 160 Workers' Compensation Amendments Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 190 Utility Fee Limitations Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 191 Verification of Legal Status Amendments Senate/filed 2/26/2014
S.B. 226 Professional Licensing Amendments Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 233 S002 Economic Development and the Utah Small Business Jobs Act Governor Signed 4/2/2014
S.B. 261 Emergency Room Services Amendments Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.J.R. 7 Joint Resolution Regarding Qualifications of State Tax Commission Members Enrolled 3/19/2014
S.J.R. 11 Joint Rules Resolution on Bill Numbering Enrolled 2/27/2014
S.J.R. 13 Joint Rules Resolution Modifying Eligibility Requirements for Independent Legislative Ethics Commission Members Enrolled 3/12/2014
S.R. 1 Senate Rules Resolution on Committee Hearings Senate Enrolled 1/28/2014


Valentine also Floor sponsored the following bills:



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "John L. Valentine". Howard Lewis & Petersen PC. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Valentine, John L." Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "John Valentine's Political Summary". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "2014 Sponsored Legislation Valentine, J." Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 9, 2014.