Karen Mayne

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Sen. Karen Mayne
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 5th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Salt Lake City, Utah
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ed Mayne, widowed
Children 2
Residence West Valley City, Utah
Alma mater Henagers Business College
Occupation paraeducator

Karen Mayne is a Democratic member of the Utah Senate, who has represented the 5th District (map) in West Valley City since her appointment in 2008. She is the widow of former State Senator Ed Mayne.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Mayne is a graduate of Chamber West Leadership Center and attended Henagers Business College.[2] She worked for 20 years as a Granite School District Para-educator and is retired from that position.[2] Throughout her career as a Para-educator, she won the Para-educator of the Year, the American Federation of Teachers, the Lucy Beth Rampton Award for Community Service, and the Service to Community Award.[2] Karen is the mother of two children, Paul (Jana) and Jamie (Trevor), and a grandmother of six grandchildren.[2] Mayne is a lifelong resident of the West side of Salt Lake Valley.[2]

Political career[edit]

Before her position as Senator, Mayne was active in PTA, local baseball and football organizations, and numerous political and community activities.[2] Her political career has included positions in the following organizations:

  • Democratic Women’s Club, Member and Past President
  • Kearns Recreation Center, Board Member
  • Legacy of Learning – Workers’ Compensation Fund, Member
  • Supporter of Women in the Trades – Promoting Non-Traditional Occupations for Women
  • Workers Compensation Advisory Council
  • Advisory Board for SLCC
  • United Way Policy Board
  • Intermountain Healthcare Giving Group (executive board)
  • Lucy Beth Rampton Award for Public Service
  • UTA Board of Directors
  • Habitat for Humanity Board Member
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Award
  • Rocky Mt. Occupation and Health Center
  • Senate Liaison to Utah Workers Compensation Advisory Board
  • Labor and Economic Development Commission for the National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Women in Government (director)
  • WCF Presidential Safety Award
  • Salt Lake City Airport Authority Board Member


Upon Senator Ed Mayne's death (Karen Mayne's husband) in 2007, Mayne was appointed to his senate seat. Since then, she has been elected in 2008 and 2010 as a Democrat.[2] In 2014, she served as the Assistant Minority Whip, and beginning in 2015 she has served as the Senate Minority Whip.[2]

In 2016, Mayne served on the following committees:

  • Executive Appropriations Committee
  • Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Business and Labor Committee
  • Senate Ethics Committee
  • Senate Retirement & Independent Entities Committee
  • Senate Rules Committee
  • Senate Transportation & Public Utilities & Technology Committee
  • Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee


During her service as Senator, Mayne has won a number of awards, including the Elenor Roosevelt Distinguished Woman of the Year Award,[4] Legislator of the Year Award From Salt Lake Community College, Utah School Nurse Association Appreciation Award, “Hero on the Hill,” from the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities, Firefighters’ Legislator of the Year, Workers Compensation Fund President’s Award, the Sunshine Award (given for protection of free speech and open government), Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Business Champion of 2013, and the Award of Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health presented by the Rocky Mountain Center.[2]

Election results[edit]

In 2014 Mayne was unopposed in the primary. During the general election she had a challenger who dropped out before the election and won unopposed.[5]


Utah State Senate election Dis. 5, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jonathan Fidler 6,641 32.7
Democratic Karen Mayne 13,676 67.3


Utah State Senate election Dis. 5, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Samuel Fidler 4,705 38
Democratic Karen Mayne 8,492 62



2016 sponsored bills[edit]

Bill Number and Title Status of Bill
S.B. 12 Passenger Carrier Requirements Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 33 Occupational Safety and Health Amendments Governor Signed 3/18/2016
S.B. 34 Sewer Lateral Disclosures Governor Signed 3/25/2016
S.B. 36 Post Retirement Employment Exceptions Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 42 Public Notice of Court Recording Governor Signed 3/21/2016
S.B. 47 College Credit for Public Safety Officers Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 57 Public Safety Emergency Management Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 76 Workers Compensation for Volunteers Governor Signed 3/15/2016
S.B. 83 Alcohol Beverage Control Budget Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 84 Alcoholic Beverage Control Facilitator Act Senate/Filed for Bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 123 Office of Licensing Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 127 Labor Commission Amendments Governor Signed 3/23/2016
S.B. 138 Health Insurance Coverage for Emergency Care Governor Signed 3/25/2016
S.B. 150 Metro Township Amendments Governor Signed 3/22/2016
S.B. 190 Open and Public Meetings Law Revisions Governor Signed 3/18/2016
S.B. 197 Resale of Procurement Item Amendments Governor Signed 3/22/2016
S.B. 216 Workers Compensation Related Amendments Governor Signed 3/23/2016
S.J.R. 10 Joint Resolution on Education for Law Enforcement Professionals Governor Signed 2/23/2016


Notable legislation[edit]

In 2014, Senator Mayne sponsored S.B. 36 which only allows certain groups, such as political parties and health care providers, to access voter birth dates. It also restricts their use of that information for verifying identities or political purposes, such as urging support for a candidate. The Governor signed this bill into law. [7] In 2016 Senator Mayne sponsored a bill, which will create a feasibility study to determine how postal service workers can be utilized to aid with emergency response efforts. This bill was supported by Representative Jason Chaffetz as part of his effort to make the postal service more universal.



  1. ^ Davidson, Lee. "With Utah Legislature’s Mormon supermajority, is it representative of the people?". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Keegan Rank. "About Karen". Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "District 5 Senator - Utah State Senate". senate.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Karen Mayne Facebook". Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Karen Mayne - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  6. ^ "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". le.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  7. ^ Michelle L. Price. "Officials hope new Utah voter list law prevents misuse". Salt Lake City, Utah: The Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lawmakers consider using postal workers to help in disasters". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 

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