Howard Stephenson was first elected to the Utah State Senate in 1992 and retired from service in 2018. He represented Senate District 11, which covers portions of Salt Lake and Utah counties. Senator Stephenson served as Senate Chair of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and Senate Chair of the Administrative Rules Review Committee. He also served 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. His 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 led 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. He lives 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.