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Margaret Dayton

Margaret Dayton
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 15th district
In office
15 January 2007 – present
Preceded by Parley G. Hellewell
Personal details
Born Spokane, WA
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Lynn
Residence Orem, UT
Occupation Homemaker
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Website Legislative Website

Margaret Dayton is an American politician from Utah. A Republican, she is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 15th senate district in Provo and Orem since 2007. Dayton also served in the State House of Representatives for District 61 from 1997 to 2006.

Personal Life, Education, and Career

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Brigham Young University, Dayton worked for several years as a Registered Nurse. [1] She is married to Lynn T. Dayton, a retired physician. [1] Shortly after her marriage, Margaret chose to put aside her career as an RN in favor of being a full-time, hands-on mother and wife. [1] Margaret and Lynn have 5 children, Barbara, David, John, Joseph, and Perry. [2]

Along with her work at home, Dayton has always been involved in community service efforts, including:

  • Service as a once-a-week elementary classroom volunteer for 15 years
  • Served on the Board of Trustees for College of Eastern Utah for 8 years (Board Chair for 2 of those years),
  • Terms as County President and State Board Member of the Medical Alliance (the service arm of the Utah Medical Association).
  • Advisory board member for UVSC and Alpine Adult Education Advisory Board


Margaret has also been continually involved in both church and community service. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [1]

Boards and Affiliations

  • Utah Valley University Executive Advisory Board
  • College of Eastern Utah Board of Trustees
  • Honorary Doctorate from USHE
  • Utah Medical Association Alliance
  • Utah Hospital Association Annual Recipient
  • Guardian of Small Business Award
  • Defender of Free Enterprise Awards
  • Friend of Taxpayer Award, Utah Taxpayers Association
  • Member of the National Rifle Association

Political Career

In 1996, she was appointed by Utah governor Mike Leavitt to fill out the remaining four months of the term of Rep. Lee Ellertson in Utah House District 61, a seat that she was already running for.[3][4] She defeated "Independent American" candidate Gordon Norman with 90% of the vote in the election to retain the seat.[5]

In 2006, Dayton ousted Republican incumbent Parley G. Hellewell to win the Republican nomination for the Utah Senate, and handily defeated Democrat Bethanie Newby in the November 2006 general election.[6]

In 2014, Senator Dayton served on the following committees:

  • Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee (Chair)
  • Senate Retirement and Independent Entities Committee
  • Senate Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Committee


Throughout her political endeavors, Senator Dayton has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Utah System of Higher Education, a recipient of Friend of Taxpayer Award and is included annually in Top Business Friendly Legislators.


Bills of Note

In 2013, Senator Dayton ran a bill that would require Utah to collect data on women who undergo abortions, including their race and their reason for doing so. Dayton, who is known for her fierce opposition to legal abortion wants to restrict the pathway to abortion in Utah. [9] She used this bill as another means to helping protect the rights of the unborn. [9] The Governor signed the bill on 22 Mar 2013. [10]

2014 Sponsored Legislation

Bill Number and Title Primary or Floor Sponsor Bill Status
S.B. 11 Election Offense Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/31/2014
S.B. 17 Water and Irrigation Amendments Primary Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 21 Substitute State Construction Code Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 24 Amendment to Procurement Code Exemptions Primary Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 53 Second Substitute Amendments to Private Investigator Regulations Primary Governor Signed 4/21/2014
S.B. 82 Property Rights Related to Outdoor Advertising Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 94 Security Personnel Licensing Act Amendments Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 105 Financial Disclosure Reporting Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 116 Poll Worker Amendments Primary Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.B. 117 Online Voter Registration Revisions Primary Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 211 Water Rights Amendments Primary Senate filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 274 Substitute Water Jurisdiction Amendments Primary Governor Signed 4/1/2014
S.C.R. 5 Concurrent Resolution Supporting the Master Plan Primary Governor Signed 3/12/2014
H.B. 159 Regulation of Child Care Programs Floor; Primary Rep. Hughes Governor Signed 4/1/2014
H.B. 192 Initiative and Referendum Petition Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Stanard Governor Signed 4/1/2014
H.B. 207 Substitute Massage Therapy Practice Act Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Greene Governor Signed 4/1/2014
H.B. 211 Substitute Substance Abuse Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Kennedy Governor Signed 3/31/2014
H.B. 425 State Educational Sovereignty Act Floor; Primary Rep. Eliason House/ filed 3/13/2014



  1. ^ a b c d e "Margaret Dayton Bio". Margaret Dayton Website. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Margaret Dayton Bio". Margaret Dayton Website. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ (3 August 1996). GOP HOUSE CANDIDATE TO FINISH DISTRICT 61 TERM, Deseret News
  4. ^ (4 August 1996). Leavitt Appoints Orem Woman To Fill Vacant Utah House Seat, Salt Lake Tribune
  5. ^ (6 November 1996). Republicans Make A Clean Sweep Of Utah Valley's House Seats, Deseret News
  6. ^ Choate-Nielsen, Amy (8 November 2006). Republicans win in Utah County, Deseret News
  7. ^ "Dayton, Margaret". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 11 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dayton, Margaret". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 11 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Peg McEntee. "Margaret Dayton’s drive against abortion drags on". Salt Lake City, Utah: The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "S.B. 60 Abortion Statistics and Reporting Requirements". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dayton, M. Sponsored Legislation". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
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