J. Stuart Adams

J. Stuart Adams
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
Preceded by Greg Bell
Personal details
Political party Republican Party
Residence Layton, Utah
Alma mater University of Utah
Occupation Businessman

Stuart Adams is the Senator for the Utah State Senate's 22nd District. Adams was appointed to the Utah House of Representatives in 2002, and then to the Senate in 2009. In 2012, he was chosen to be Senate Majority Whip.[1]

Personal life, education, and career

Adams earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Utah in business finance.[2] He is a business man by profession.[2] Adams is married to his wife, Susan and they have four children together.[3] In 2002, he was awarded the Business Person of the Year by the Utah State Chamber of Commerce, and as the Builder of the Year by the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association.[4] Adams previously served as the President of the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association.[4]

Political career

Adams is a former chairman of the Utah State Transportation Commission. He served as chairman of the Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA).[4] Prior to his legislative service, Adams served 9 years on the Layton City Council.[4]

Adams served 4½ years in the Utah State House of Representatives (June 19, 2002 – December 31, 2006). He commenced his service in the Senate on September 16, 2009.[5] He was appointed to both of these positions.[2] In 2004, [then Representative] Adams was named the 2004 Legislator of the Year by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the 2004 Legislator of the Year by the International Code Council, and 2004 Representative of the Year by the Davis County Republican Women.[4]

In 2016, Adams served as the Majority Whip.[2] He also served on the following committees:[6]



2014 Utah State Senate election District 22
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stuart Adams 16,605 73.3%
Democratic Kip Sayre 4,417 19.5%



2016 sponsored bills

Bill Number Bill Title Bill Status
S.B. 80 Infrastructure Funding Amendments Governor Signed 3/25/2016
S.B. 115 Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act Governor Signed 3/29/2016
S.B. 130 Tattoo Removal Governor Signed 3/29/2016
S.B. 154 Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations Governor Signed 3/29/2016
S.B. 161 Highway Signage Amendments Governor Signed 3/25/2016
S.B. 203 Immunity Amendments Governor Signed 3/22/2016
S.B. 222 Professional Licensing Amendments Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 231 Waste Management Amendments Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 246 Funding for Infrastructure Revisions Governor Signed 3/22/2016
S.B. 251 Water Infrastructure Funding Amendments Governor Signed 3/25/2016
S.C.R. 12 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the Importance of Utah Sport and Olympic Legacy Efforts Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.C.R. 19 Concurrent Resolution on Education Governor Signed 3/22/2016


Notable legislation

During the 2016 legislative session Senator Adams sponsored high-profile legislation that deals with energy and the environment. His bill SB 246 will take public money from certain counties within the state and put it towards building a port in Oakland. The port will be used to ship coal and other products, which the state of Utah currently exports.[9] The bill has drawn criticism from lawmakers in Oakland and environmentalist.


  1. Romero, McKenzie. "Utah GOP chooses legislative leadership". Deseret News, November 8, 2012. Retrieved on May 13, 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Adams, J. Stuart". Salt Lake City: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  3. "J. Stuart Adams' Political Summary". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Stuart Adams: Proven Results. Clear Choice". Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  5. Utah.gov. "Governor Appoints Stuart Adams to Utah State Senate". September 16, 2009. Retrieved on May 13, 2013.
  6. "District 22 Senator - Utah State Senate". senate.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  7. "Stuart Adams - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  8. "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". le.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  9. "Utah Governor Signs Bill to Advance Oakland Coal Plan". KQED News. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
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