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Curt Bramble

Curtis S. Bramble
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 16th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 15, 2001
Preceded by Howard C. Nielsen
Personal details
Born Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan
Children 6
Residence Provo
Occupation Certified Public Accountant
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Website Legislative Website

Curtis Scott Bramble 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 16th senate district in Provo. Bramble was the Majority Leader in the Utah Senate from 2006 to 2008. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, a national association of legislators.[1]

Early life and career

Curt Bramble was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he graduated from Crown High School. He grew up as a Methodist and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while attending Notre Dame University where he studied chemical engineering and math. After Notre Dame, Bramble attended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a B.S in Accounting and MS in Accounting. Bramble was elected to the Utah Senate in 2000, defeating Democratic candidate John R. Curtis in the general election. Bramble was re-elected to the Utah Senate in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He currently resides in Provo with his wife Susan. He has 6 children and 5 grandchildren.

Senate career

Further information: List of Utah State Legislatures

Bramble was elected to the Utah Senate on Tuesday, November 7, 2000 and took office on January 15, 2001. During his first legislature in the Utah Senate Bramble served on the Business, Labor and Economic Development, and Revenue and Taxation Standing Committees; and on the Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Committee. In 2004, Bramble became the Majority Leader of the Utah Senate for the 57th Utah Legislature and the Co-Chair of the Retirement and Independent Entities Joint Appropriation Committee. He also served on the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice, and Higher Education Joint Appropriations committees and Chaired the Retirement and Independent Entities Standing Committee. He also served on the Revenue and Taxation Committee for the 57th Utah State Legislature. In 2008 Bramble received the National Legislator of the Year Award from ALEC, a conservative advocacy group criticized by some as a front for tobacco companies and other corporations. Bramble was reelected to his third term to the Utah Senate on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, after defeating Democrat Radene Hatfied.

Senator Bramble maintains an up-to-date website which includes a blog, issue positions, a calendar of events, videos, and a survey.

Issue Positions and Controversies

Courts and the Constitution

Although much discussion of constitutional rights seems to focus on the First, Second and Tenth Amendments, Senator Bramble understands the importance of protecting all constitutional rights. A recognized defender of the Constitution, Curt has introduced and championed legislation supporting constitutionally-guaranteed liberties. Website

Education

Senator Bramble’s position on Website

Economic Growth

Senator Bramble believes in Website

Energy

From his website: "Utah can be energy independent. Website

Senator Bramble sponsored legislation that encourages cost effective energy development in Utah and low rates for consumers. The fact that Curt’s bill received unanimous support of all stakeholders including energy producers, consumers, environmentalists demonstrated his ability to bring people together and build consensus on divisive issues." Website

Environment

Senator Bramble believes that economic liberty, public access and natural resource development can be mutually supportive of protecting the environment. He has worked on and supported legislation that reflects these values, including legislation that blocked “hotter” nuclear waste from coming to Utah.Website

Gun Rights

Throughout his career as a citizen legislator, Senator Bramble has fought for the Website

Immigration

Senator Bramble believes Website

Marriage and Family

Bramble believes in Website

Taxes

Senator Bramble has successfully fought for Website

Transportation

As a State Senator, Curt has made the state’s critical infrastructure needs a priority because it is vital to continued economic growth and quality of life. As Senate Majority Leader, he was instrumental in successfully negotiating funding for Utah County’s $1.7 billion I-15 reconstruction project which will open by the end of 2012. In addition, he has helped fund infrastructure in order to build hundreds of miles of Utah roads. Website

Utah Valley University

Senator Bramble has been a passionate advocate for Website

PizzaGate

Bramble achieved national notoriety when on August 18, 2008, a local pizza delivery driver delivered pizza to his home in Provo, Utah. Bramble admitted to reporters that he became upset when he learned that the business did not accept personal checks as a form of payment, and told the driver to take the pizzas back to the restaurant. He then began to lecture the delivery person about forms of payment, and tried to use his position in the state legislature as a way to get his personal check accepted. Speaking to the restaurant owner on the telephone, Bramble allegedly impugned the owner's scruples, intimating that, by providing payment via credit card, Bramble would likely see fraudulent credit card charges on his next billing statement. Eventually providing payment over the phone, Bramble complimented the driver on her "professionalism" and provided a 6.67% tip, meager by U.S. social conventions.

The delivery driver later wrote about the experience on her personal blog,[2] and it became an Internet sensation and was featured on the widely read Daily Kos.[3] Due to the resulting attention, she appeared on a talk radio station in Salt Lake City to talk about her experience with Senator Bramble.[4]

ParadeGate

Both the Deseret Morning News and The Salt Lake Tribune called for an ethics investigation into an incident involving Bramble, Representative Becky Lockhart and Mountainland Applied Technology College. Bramble and Lockhart, asked the college to build the Republican party a float to use in parades. The college used its money to pay for the float which, the papers alleged, violated Utah law, "a public entity may not make expenditures from public funds for political purposes." When questions arose, college President Clay Christensen told State Auditor Auston Johnson he was under "tremendous pressure" by the Utah County GOP and lawmakers to build the float, but later that same day, after a conversation with Bramble, he changed his statement. Bramble first denied speaking with Christiansen but later acknowledged he "may have called," but couldn't "recall what was said."[5] Both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News printed editorials calling for a full investigation, but no investigations ever occurred.

Electoral results

Further information: 16th Utah Senate District
Utah State Senate election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Curt Bramble 11,717 61.57
Democratic RaDene Hatfield 7,314 38.43
Utah State Senate election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Curt Bramble 15,778 76.8
Democratic Fred D. Posorio 4,227 20.6
Libertarian Brady Fackrell 535 2.6

See also

Notes

External links

Legislative Information
  • Map of Utah Senate District 16
  • Official Legislative Biography
  • Project Vote Smart Biography
Voting Record
  • Interest Group Ratings at Project Vote Smart
  • Voting Record at Project Vote-Smart

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