While in the Utah State House Karras served as speaker of that body.
Karras has been a members of the board of trustees of Weber State University since 2013 and its chair since 2015.
He served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1981 to 1990, holding the office of Speaker of the House from 1989 to 1990.
Karras was a member of the Utah State Board of Regents for 12 years. He was chairman from 2001-2005.
Karras is a member of the Board of Directors of Scottish Power, the corporation that operates in Utah as Rocky Mountain Power.
Karras is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He is married to Linda Karras and they have 3 children (Brett, Jodi, and Darrin) and several grandchildren. Some of them are Brady Karras, Griffin Karras, and Carter Karras.
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