• Conservative Leadership in Senate District 8
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Where I Stand On 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

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 can make a big difference in solving even the most difficult health care problems we face in Utah.

Education

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.

Immigration

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.

Personal

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.

July 2018 Special Session Recap

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, July 16, 2018 Governor Herbert called the legislature into a “Special Session.” Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Utah provides that the Governor may convene the Legislature into Special Session. The Governor only calls for a special session on urgent matters that require the legislature to take action.

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Highlights from normal interim committees

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather! This week we returned to the Capitol for our monthly interim meetings. This week we met on Tuesday in our appropriations meetings to help us take a deeper dive into budget issues. We also met on Wednesday in our normal interim committees. Here are some highlights from the week:

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“Senator Brian Zehnder has stepped in and done a wonderful job in the Utah State Senate this year. He is very thorough and thoughtful. He brings a great deal of expertise in the medical fields and he also brings a good dose of common sense. It has been a pleasure to work with him and I look forward to serving with him in the future. He cares deeply about the constituents in his senate district and represents them very well.”
Evan Vickers
Utah State Senator - District 28

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