• Conservative Leadership in Senate District 8
    Proven Conservative Problem Solver

Conservative Leadership in Senate District 8

  • As a family physician and owner of a busy medical clinic, my mission has always been to encourage and give hope to others.
  • As a small business owner, I know what it means to balance budgets and make payroll.
  • As your senator I have worked hard to increase local control, promote economic growth, and improve the health of our state.

I hope to earn your support so that we can continue solving problem together through conservative principles. With a caring spirit and a never-give-up approach, I believe we can improve the health of our state and solve problems together.

Sincerely Yours,
Senator Brian Zehnder, MD

Endorsement for Senator Zehnder from State Treasurer, David Damschen

Hello, my name is David Damschen and it is my honor to serve you as Utah State Treasurer. Greetings to my friends in Utah Senate District 8. I'd like to talk to you for a moment about Senator Brian Zehnder. We need this remarkable public servant in the Utah Senate. 

Let me give you three simple reasons why: 

First, Senator Zehnder is a true statesman. He will represent his district with the utmost of accessibility, diligence, and professionalism. You might know that, shortly after Brian was appointed to his office, a Utah politician targeted him with a classless criticism of his professionalism and his faith. Many of us, myself included, might have responded with a harsh reply, but not Senator Zehnder. 

Brian simply affirmed his own faith and said that, "You will know me by my love for others. "And that means everyone that I meet, "friends, enemies, people that love God, "people that don't love God.

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The Issues

Jobs & Prosperity

My duty as a doctor evolved from employee to employer, as I learned that I could do a better job caring for the sick when I didn’t have to answer to the pencil pushers. My medical clinic flourished, providing jobs for many families. Running a business can be grueling but also worthwhile, knowing you can make a difference by serving others with compassion and excellence. A positive work ethic, a high quality of life, and a well-trained work force help Utah compete with other states. One role of government is to remove barriers that make it hard for businesses to compete. As a legislator, I will push to further cut red tape that hampers the growth of jobs in Utah. As we lower taxes, businesses will be able to invest in further growth and our cities will increasingly prosper. I am confident that the best is yet to come.

Health Care

Government is not the solution to healthcare. Everyone deserves a doctor who cares for them and their family. I care for people who suffer with depression, obesity, and chronic pain every day. Suicide breaks my heart. Opioids and marijuana pose difficult problems, and we need to assist doctors to “do no harm” by placing safeguards to “do it right” and protect the health and welfare of our citizens. I know these issues first hand, and see them played out every day. When the market is allowed to work, patients and providers focus on transparency and quality. In addition to my practice, I used initiative, good “cents,” and a market based system, and created a non-profit that works with other clinics and organizations to treat patients and improve access for people that cannot afford basic care. This unique model helps patients receive care in an appropriate setting at a lower cost. I have served on a national health care quality task force and for an Accountable Care Organization. I know what happens when government interferes too much. Fresh ideas with inventive solutions will be better than a new government program!


The success of every state lies in the education of its youth. Parents’ roles and choices are vital, and I respect their right to choose what is best for their children. Formal learning can take place in public or private schools. A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. We need to pay them well, as we trust them with schooling our precious children. As your state senator, I will strive to make sure our education dollars are used wisely, and push for increased funding for classroom supplies, smaller classrooms, and upgrades to outdated physical facilities.


Our country is strong because of the hard work and spirit of legal immigrants, and we rightly honor them. We cannot ignore the problems created by illegal immigration and must balance this with the realities we now face since the federal government has not protected our borders. One of the main jobs of a leader is to provide a safe place where people can thrive. We deserve to live without fear. This is true both at work and at home.


I am married to my sweetheart, Jean. We have three children: Breanna, Keith, and Lauren. I am an avid trail runner, bridge player, church goer, and homemade apple pie eater.

"I have enjoyed working with Senator Brian Zender since he was elected just prior to the 2018 Legislative session. We have held a couple of town halls together and I've observed how much he cares about his constituents. He wants to hear what they say and he listens attentively. His expertise was pivotal in our finally being able to pass the Medicaid Expansion program in the State. His conservative views and knowledge of medicine is of great value to the Senate and to his constituents."
Bruce Cutler
House of Representatives - District 44



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