|Member of the Utah Senate|
from the 6th district
Assumed office |
January 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Michael G. Waddoups|
|Member of the Utah House of Representatives|
from the 43rd district
January 1, 1997 – December 31, 2012
|Succeeded by||Earl Tanner|
|Born||February 27, 1956|
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University|
Wayne A. Harper (born February 27, 1956) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Utah State Senate representing District 6 since January 1, 2013. Harper served in the Utah House of Representatives from January 1, 1997 until December 31, 2012 in the District 43 seat.
Early life, education, and career
Harper earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Science from Brigham Young University. He is married to KaLee, and together they have eleven children. Harper is a Certified Archivist, Certified Real Estate Consultant, and Certified Real Estate Developer. He works as a Business and Economic Development Consultant, and for Taylorsville City. In his professional career, Harper has been affiliated with the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, the International Economic Development Council, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Harper started his political career as a West Jordan City Councilman. He has also served as the President of the Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board and on the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, Utah State Capitol Preservation Board, and Utah Alliance for Economic Development. Harper served in the House of Representatives from 1997–2012, and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2012. During the 2016 Legislative Session, Harper served on the following committees:
- Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
- Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee (Senate Chair)
- Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee
- Senate Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Committee
2012 When Senate District 6 Republican Senator Michael G. Waddoups left the Legislature and left the seat open, Harper was selectLed from two candidates by the Republican convention for the November 6, 2012 General election, which he won with 28,073 votes (83%) against Democratic nominee John Rendell, who had run for Legislative seats in 2008 and 2010. Senator Harper is currently up for reelection.
2016 sponsored bills
In 2016 Senator Harper passed Senate Bill 210, which outlines and regulates the use of recreational drones in Utah. The law also gives local police the authority to shoot down drones if they are not in compliance with the law, and if being shot down does not pose a threat to people or animals. This bill does not apply to commercial drones.
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- "Wayne Harper's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- "Harper, Wayne". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
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- "District 6 Senator - Utah State Senate". senate.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
- "2012 General Canvass Report". Salt Lake City, Utah: Lieutenant Governor of Utah. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- "Wayne Harper - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
- "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". le.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
- "New drone bill proposed in Utah –police could potentially shoot drones out of the sky | JD Supra". JD Supra. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
- Official page at the Utah State Senate
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Wayne Harper at Ballotpedia
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Wayne A. Harper at the National Institute on Money in State Politics