I am a lifelong resident of Utah with proven leadership experience and a passion for service in the public and private sectors. Raised in a working class family, my parents instilled values of self-reliance, honesty, integrity and a deep respect for our country. My father served in the U.S. Navy in WWII.
An executive with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, my 35-year career provided associations with intelligent, dedicated business, federal and state leaders who had a passion for helping others improve their life circumstances. I have partnered with economic development teams in Ogden City and Weber County assessing and facilitating needs within communities. I led the operation to modernize the Utah Unemployment Insurance program, bringing it into the digital age. This system is nationally recognized as one of the most efficient and effectively managed in the U.S.
I have a lifetime of experience helping disadvantaged populations. I have been a non-ecclesiastical mentor/volunteer at the Utah State Prison for two years and also served in an ecclesiastical position at the Davis County Jail. I recognize the ability of people to change and to achieve their full potential. Recently returned from an LDS employment/welfare mission to Detroit, I participated in several community partnerships including interfaith and refugee councils as well as tutoring in inner city schools.
“It is my concern for the future of my children and grandchildren that has motivated me to run for congress. The election of Donald Trump has weakened our moral authority on the world stage. I do not want my grandchildren living in a society of hate, intolerance and fear of anyone who is different.”
I hold a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Utah and a Certified Public Managers certification. I have been married to Janeen Hopkins for 41 years, we have four married children, nine grandchildren.