Howard Stephenson was first elected to the Utah State Senate in 1992. He represents Senate District 11, which covers portions of Salt Lake and Utah counties. Senator Stephenson currently serves as Senate Chair of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and Senate Chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee. He also serves on the Senate Education Standing Committee, Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, the Education Task Force, and the Governor’s Excellence in Education Commission.
Senator Stephenson is nationally recognized as a legislative expert on digital learning and has addressed hundreds of state legislators and school administrators regarding how digital learning tools can significantly increase student learning and how to effectively implement high-quality digital learning.
Senator Stephenson’s legislation has resulted in Utah leading the nation in the number and percentage of students involved in Dual Language Immersion including Chinese language and culture, and the percentage of students involved in daily personalized learning through adaptive computer-assisted instruction. He leads the way in removing taxes on capital equipment purchases by Utah manufacturers and mining operations, making Utah more competitive internationally.
Senator Stephenson earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and aerospace studies from Brigham Young University in 1975. He went on to receive his Master of Public Administration in 1977. Since then, he has worked as a taxpayer advocate and currently serves as President of the Utah Taxpayers Association.
In addition to his duties as a Senator, he co-hosts a radio show, Red Meat Radio-Inside Utah Politics (860 AM Utah’s Big Talker), every Saturday morning from 8 to 10.
Senator Stephenson resides in Draper, Utah with his wife Julie. They have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Howard and his family love exploring Utah’s backcountry on mountain bikes and their four Missouri Foxtrotter horses.