Utah Legislature 101


Learn how to follow along and engage with lawmakers working at the Capitol.

How Does The Session Work?

  • Bills Decoded – coming soon!
  • How To Read A Bill – coming soon!

What is the State Legislature?

Our state legislative branch consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives, just like in our federal government. These elected representatives are collectively known as our “state legislature.”

In Utah, each resident has one state representative and one state senator. However, our Senate and House districts are different from one another and don’t necessarily coincide with city or county boundaries. Utah is broken down into 29 Senate districts and 75 House districts.

Utah is called a supermajority state because both legislative bodies are comprised of a strong majority of Republicans.

Utah House

Representatives are elected to 2-year terms.
Click here to find current House leaders.

Utah Senate

State senators are elected to 4-year terms.
Click here to find current Senate leaders.

In Utah men make up 83% of the Senate and 73% of the house while women make up 17% of the Senate and 27% of the House

State legislators are part-time politicians who often have a full-time occupation on the side, such as being a doctor or a lawyer.
To become a state legislator, you need to be

  • a citizen of the United States
  • 25 years or older
  • a resident of Utah for at least three consecutive years before filing for office
  • a resident of the district for six months

Interested in running for office? Visit vote.utah.gov and Real Women Run.

January 19, 2021

When is the session?

The session begins on the first Tuesday after the third Monday in January. That’s the Tuesday immediately following Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The session runs for 45 days.

January 19, 2021
March 5, 2021

What is the session?

The legislative session is when the house and the senate convene to propose, debate, and vote on nearly all state legislation for the year and is also when the state budget is balanced.

March 5, 2021

Who Represents Me?

Find your Utah state senator and Utah state representative by visiting the Utah state legislative website.

Contact Your State Lawmakers

State Representative

Click here to send an email to your state representative now.

State Senator

Click here to send an email to your state senator now.

Utah Governor

Click here to send an email to Governor Spencer Cox now.

Helpful Tips

How To Follow Along

The 2021 Legislative session is different than any held before. Eventually, you will be able to head up to the Capitol to observe and participate, but for the time being the Capitol is not open to the public due to safety concerns. Once the Capitol opens up to the public, there will still be many restrictions and limited seating due to COVID-19.

Use the Utah Legislature’s website

Engage with Better Utah

Explore local hashtags

Follow lawmakers

Now that you know who represents you, sign up for their email lists and follow them on the social media channels they post on.