|Name||Martin "Marty" Stephens|
|Address||3159 North Higley Road |
Farr West, Utah , United States
|Last Modifed||User 215|
Mar 12, 2005 09:08am
|Info||Education: Ben Lomond High School; B.S., Business Administration, Weber State University |
Profession: Banking, Insurance, Management
Marty Stephens was elected Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives by his peers in November 1998 and re-elected in 2000 and 2002, becoming the only Speaker in Utah history to have been elected for a third term. He comes to this important position after having served in the legislature since 1988. During his tenure in the House, he has also served as Majority Leader and Chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee. Marty was recognized by the Deseret News as �The Most Effective Representative" for four consecutive terms.
Marty is firmly committed to fiscal responsibility, consistently fighting new taxes and wasteful spending. He has twice been recognized by the Utah Taxpayers Association with their prestigious, �Taxpayers Advocate Award.� He received the award in both 1993 and 2003, making him the only person to have received the award more than once.
Legislatively, Marty has focused his energies on making government more responsive and open to citizens. The Society of Professional Journalists acknowledged his efforts by presenting him with the Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award. He is the only elected official in Utah to have ever received this award. Marty trusts the people of Utah to provide the checks and balances necessary to keep our government focused on the desires of its citizens.
In addition to his leadership duties in the Utah House of Representatives, Marty has distinguished himself nationally. He currently serves as President of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which is an organization that provides a forum for state legislatures to get their ideas heard on Capitol Hill. Marty formerly served as President of the National Republican Legislators Association. He also serves on the board of the Jean Massieu School for the Deaf, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, the Utah Local Governments Insurance Trust, and the NCSL Foundation which funds the Trust for Representative Democracy.
In October of 2003, Marty was appointed to the National Homeland Security Advisory Council's State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee. He is one of only two legislators nationally to sit on this Committee which gives input and advice to the National Department of Homeland.
Marty began his political career on the Farr West City Council in 1983 and in 1985 was elected Mayor of Farr West City. As Mayor he actively involved the community in rebuilding the city park, mostly through volunteer labor. He proposed and passed a property tax reduction of over 10%. Marty was named the Chairman of the Weber Area Council of Governments by the other mayors in Weber County and the County Commissioners.
Marty's father Don served in the Korean War and worked as a communications officer at Hill Air Force Base; and mother, Jeniel Roberts, he was born and grew up in Utah. He has been married to his wife, Carole, for 28 years and together they have six children and six grandchildren. They live on six acres in Farr West, Utah, where on weekends you will often find Marty in his old cowboy boots and jeans working in the yard or in the barn with his horses Lucky and Sunny.
Marty has had many vocations in his life. He started working with his grandfather shortly after his eighth birthday striping the yellow and white lines on city roads until he was old enough to have his own paper route with the Ogden Standard Examiner. Through high school he worked in a commercial laundry first sorting linens and loading equipment then running commercial washers and dryers. As he began his college years he worked at McKay Dee hospital cleaning surgery rooms and as a seasonal employee with the I.R.S.
Marty is a graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. For Marty education hasn't stopped with a college degree and business experience; he is a voracious reader. For the past 8 years he has read a book a week. He loves histories and biographies, especially books on current issues that are principle based on all sides of a debate.
Marty lived in Japan for two years in the early 70's doing religious service and learned to speak Japanese. That is where he learned first hand the importance of service before self and the societal value of helping our neighbors. He is active in his chosen religion and has held various leadership positions.
He began his married years working in the real estate and insurance business. He started his own insurance agency and sold it after 5 years as he was preparing to run for the legislature. He worked for several insurance companies, including American Hardware Mutual Insurance Company and Transamerica Insurance Company before being hired by Zions Bank to manage their insurance agency in July of 1989. He has been in the real estate and insurance industry for over 20 years.
Marty loves Utah. He has traveled extensively fulfilling his responsibilities to the state, but he is never happier than when he gets home to Utah. Marty has spent many quiet moments backpacking and fishing with his sons in the High Uintah Mountains and enjoying the beauty of this state. Utah is more than its beauty alone, it is place where businesses thrive and cultural events are available to everyone. It is the home of great educational institutions and hard working people. It is also the home of the Utah Jazz. Marty loves to play basketball and follows the Utah Jazz and the local college teams as his schedule allows.
Marty is a perfectionist who works at things until he gets them right. He is committed to the people of this state and has dedicated himself to making Utah an even better place to live.