Wayne L. Niederhauser

Wayne Niederhauser
President of the Utah Senate
Assumed office
January 28, 2013
Preceded by Michael Waddoups
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 9th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Al Mansell
Personal details
Born (1959-10-01) October 1, 1959
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melissa
Children 5
Alma mater Utah State University
Religion Church of Latter Day Saints

Wayne Larry Niederhauser (born October 1, 1959) is an American politician and Certified Public Accountant from Utah. A Republican, he is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 9th senate district in Salt Lake County including the cities of Sandy and Draper. He currently serves as the Utah Senate President.

Early life, education, and career

Niederhauser has bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Niederhauser and his wife Melissa met at Utah State University.[1] They have five children, Christian (Lisa), Sarah, Molly, Ethan, and Emma.[1] Niederhauser is a Certified Public Accountant, small business owner, real estate developer, and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Westminster College.[2] Niederhauser is also an owner of CW Management Corporation, a real estate development company located in West Jordan.

Niederhauser is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), serving as Utah state leader.[3] He is also affiliated with the Home Builders Association and Organized Fundraising Events for Boys and Girls Club, Primary Children's Hospital, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.[2]

Accomplishments and associations

Political career

In addition to his service in the Utah Senate, Niederhauser is a board member for Envision Utah, the Sports Commission, the Visit Salt Lake Board (local CVB), and the Shakespearean Festival Board.[1] In November 2012 he was elected Senate President.[1] In 2016 Niederhauser served on the following committees:[4]



2014 Utah State Senate election District 9
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne Niederhauser 15,822 61.4%
Democratic Kathryn Gustafson 9,943 38.6%



Bill Title and Number Status
S.C.R. 17 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Utah's Ten Year Relationship with Liaoning, China 2/26/2016

In The Media

Niederhauser was featured in the news during the 2014 Session for some controversial Tweets. Two Utah lawmakers, including Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Rep. Jake Anderegg, had a Twitter exchange about changing genders that drew quick outrage on social media.[6] Rep. Anderegg, posted Monday morning on Twitter that the private House men’s restroom was occupied, and he was "strongly considering a gender identifying change to use the open women’s."[6] That drew a response from Niederhauser’s account, teasing Anderegg for agreeing to co-sponsor a bill banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Utahns by tweeting back "now switching your gender identity? Just can’t keep up with you! You’re a new man. Er … woman."[6] Although Niederhauser later stated that the tweet actually came from an intern and not himself, the exchange drew instant outrage from other Twitter users, who scolded both lawmakers for making light of serious issue that has been at the forefront this legislative session.[6]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "About Wayne Niederhauser". Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Neiderhauser, Wayne L.". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  3. "State Chairmen | ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council". Alec.org. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  4. "District 9 Senator - Utah State Senate". senate.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  5. "Wayne Niederhauser - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Robert Gehrke. "Utah lawmakers back away from offensive 'changing gender' tweets". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
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