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COLIN W. JACK
Staunch Republican: I’m a staunch Republican and support each plank of the Utah Republican Party Platform.
Free Market Constitutional Conservative: I’m a free market constitutional conservative, and I believe:
The US Constitution is inspired by God and our constitutions, both the United States and Utah’s, are a contract between the people and their government.
No one person has all the answers, and a state representative must listen to constituents, colleagues, and others to help solve problems and make decisions.
The free market and capitalism are the best solutions to reduce poverty and improve our lot in life. Government intrusion into our life and pocketbook should be at a minimum. Government works for the people, not the other way around.
Even though societal norms and technologies change, core values and God’s law do not. We need to respect and preserve our unique heritage here in Utah.
The ideals and morals captured by the Utah Republican Party Platform will provide us with the most opportunities for success now and in the future.
Hard Worker: The job of a State Legislator is part-time, but it takes a lot of personal commitment and effort. I'm able to put in that time and be present where and when I’m needed. I hold my Christian and Republican values dear and know that you don't compromise on values. I also understand that I must listen to, learn from, and work with constituents, other legislators, and relevant, interested parties to do the business of the state for the benefit of us all.
Electrical Engineer: I’m a professional electrical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the power sector. In my professional life I’ve learned to solve problems and find practical solutions – that’s what engineers do. I believe there is great value in having diversity of opinions and backgrounds in the legislature. We need the lawyers, doctors, engineers, trades, merchants, ministers, landscapers, accountants, and others. Our Founding Fathers had a mix of careers and lifestyles, and we should too. As a representative in the Utah State Legislature, I will work to derive and balance conservative budgets, negotiate practical solutions to the issues in our state, and introduce the laws of physics to the capital, to the benefit of our district.
About Me: My ancestors pioneered and settled almost every corner of what is now Utah. They came here primarily to find safety and refuge from the persecution that forced them out of their homes. Eventually, my ancestors were driven to the colonies in Mexico, and then to Arizona, where my parents grew up. I was born in Provo, Utah, but raised in Lukachukai, Arizona, in the middle of the Navajo Reservation. I worked hard in the family business, Totso Trading Post, which consisted of a general store, gas station, and café. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile, I studied at BYU and graduated as an Electrical Engineer. I met the love of my life, Leslie, at BYU and have been married to her for nearly 40 years. We have three adult children and are now experiencing the joys of being grandparents. My professional career of working for non-profit electric cooperatives has taken me from Garkane Power in Kanab, Utah, to Midwest Electric in Roby, Texas, and finally to Dixie Power in St. George, Utah. I have also worked for nearly 30 years as an engineering consultant for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Program in 30 developing countries all over the world. I’m a Lifetime Member of the NRA and a First Family member and Graduate of Front Sight. I love to travel with my family, do Family History (my 32 pioneer ancestor families settled 32 different communities in the State of Utah), and have run four (St George) Marathons. I’ve taken the Rick Green and David Barton Constitution Alive Course, and enjoy singing bass in a Barbershop Quartet.
Political Experience: I’m a life-long Republican; my first vote was for Ronald Reagan in 1980 when I was 19 years old, and I have never voted for anyone who wasn’t a Republican. Other than voting, I didn’t get involved in the political process until after the U.S. Congress passed the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Since then, I’ve served in many volunteer positions in the Republican Party, including County and State Delegate, Precinct Chair, District Chair for Legislative District 62 (now 73), and Vice-Chair of the Washington County Republican Party (WCRP.) I’ve also served several terms as a member of the Utah Republican Party (UTGOP) State Central Committee. Additionally, I’ve served on the UTGOP Convention Rules Committee, the WCRP Bylaws Committee, the UTGOP Caucus/Convention Committee, moderated the Q&A Session with Candace Owens at the Lincoln Day event in 2021, and ran the special elections for mid-term replacements for Washington County Clerk, Commissioner, and Sheriff. These positions have helped me understand the deliberative process, and how to work with other elected representatives.
2008 - 2009 Leadership Dixie (Graduate)
2008 - Present Washington County Republican Party (WCRP) Delegate, Precinct Chair, Legislative District Chair, County Vice Chair
2016 - Present Utah Republican Party (UTGOP) State Central Committee
2019 - 2020 UTGOP Convention Rules Committee
2020 - Present WCRP Bylaws Committee
2021 UTGOP Caucus/Convention Committee
2021 Ran special elections for mid-term replacements for County Clerk, Commissioner, and Sheriff
2022 - June 1st Elected as interim Representative for Utah District 62
2022 - June 28th Elected as Representative for Utah District 73
2022 - July 2nd Term began as Representative for Utah District 62
1987 Graduated from BYU with a degree in Electrical Engineering
1988 - Present Worked as electrical power engineer for non-profit rural electric cooperatives
1993 - Present Licensed Professional Engineer
2009 - Present Chief Operating Officer for Dixie Power in St George, Utah (previously Engineering Manager for Dixie Escalante REA since 1994)
1993 - Present Engineering & Operations Specialist for National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International in 30 developing countries
Family: Married since 1984, three children, one grandchild
Travel with family
Family History (32 pioneer ancestor families settled 32 different communities in the State of Deseret)
Four (St George) Marathons 2016-2019
NRA Lifetime Member
Front Sight First Family and Graduate
Rick Green and David Barton Constitution Alive Course in 2020