Wayne Harper

Wayne Harper
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 6th[1] district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Michael G. Waddoups
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 43rd district
In office
January 1, 1997  December 31, 2012
Succeeded by Earl Tanner
Personal details
Born (1956-02-27) February 27, 1956
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Taylorsville, Utah
Alma mater Brigham Young University

Wayne A. Harper[2] (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.[3] He is married to KaLee, and together they have eleven children.[4] Harper is a Certified Archivist, Certified Real Estate Consultant, and Certified Real Estate Developer.[4] He works as a Business and Economic Development Consultant, and for Taylorsville City.[3] 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.[3]

Political career

Harper started his political career as a West Jordan City Councilman.[3] 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.[3] Harper served in the House of Representatives from 1997–2012, and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2012.[3] During the 2016 Legislative Session, Harper served on the following committees:[5]


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,[6] who had run for Legislative seats in 2008 and 2010. Senator Harper is currently up for reelection.

2012 Utah State Senate election District 6
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne Harper 19,961 60.5%
Democratic John Rendell 13,049 39.5%



2016 sponsored bills

Bill Number and Title Status of Bill
S.B. 6 Infrastructure and General Government Base Budget Governor Signed 2/16/2016
S.B. 11 Cancellation of Auto Insurance Coverage Governor Signed 3/21/2016
S.B. 22 Foreclosure of Residential Rental Property Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 31 Tax Commission Levy Process Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 65 Sales and Use Tax Reporting Requirements Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 68 Property Tax Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 74 Aviation Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 82 Child Welfare Modifications Governor Signed 3/23/2016
S.B. 86 Sales and Use Tax Compliance Amendments Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 135 Administrative Law Judge Amendments Governor Signed 3/23/2016
S.B. 151 Community Development and Renewal Agencies Act Revisions Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 158 Juvenile Court and Child Abuse Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 160 Federal Funds Budget Reserve Account Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 182 Sales and Use Tax Revisions Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 193 Utah Communications Authority Act Amendments Governor Signed 3/22/2016
S.B 210 Unmanned Vehicle Revisions Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 220 Non Judicial Foreclosure Amendments Governor Signed 3/25/2016
S.C.R. 2 Concurrent Resolution in Support of Sales and Use Tax Transactional Equity Governor Signed 3/17/2016
S.J.R. 3 Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution-Property Tax Exemptions Senate/To Lieutenant Governor 3/16/2016


Notable legislation

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.



  1. "Harper, Wayne A.". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Legislature. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  2. "Wayne Harper's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Harper, Wayne". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  4. 1 2 "Wayne Harper's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  5. "District 6 Senator - Utah State Senate". senate.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  6. "2012 General Canvass Report". Salt Lake City, Utah: Lieutenant Governor of Utah. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. "Wayne Harper - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  8. "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". le.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  9. "New drone bill proposed in Utah –police could potentially shoot drones out of the sky | JD Supra". JD Supra. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
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