Policymaker Profile: Rep. Kraig Powell
Policymaker: Rep. Kraig Powell, District 54, Duchesne, Uintah, and Wasatch Counties
Education: B.A., Willamette University, Political Science and English; M.A., J.D., Ph.D. (Government and Foreign Affairs), University of Virginia
Growing up: I grew up in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle-Tacoma area) and I still love rain!
Fond memory: I attended the Freedom's Foundation Conference at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania as a junior in high school. I still vividly remember standing around reading copies of the Declaration of Independence by candlelight at that historic site.
Childhood ambition: I can't really say that I had a childhood ambition to do anything, other than to be a good person and be successful.
Family: Married to Kim Prestwich, whom I met while we were both auditioning for "Camelot" at Bingham High School. Seven days after we were married, Kim and I drove back to Washington, D.C., where I interned for Senator Orrin Hatch and she interned for Congressman Howard Nielsen for a semester. We have four children: Kristopher, 19; Benjamin, 15; Jessica, 12; and Sarah, 8.
Why politics: I have not previously held any public office. I became involved in politics just a few years ago when my wife and I volunteered to head up three different school bond campaigns in our school district. We got to know quite a few people in different areas and learned how to organize a campaign.
My perfect day: Attending a Community Foundation meeting in the morning, a Chamber of Commerce meeting at lunch, a Rotary meeting for dinner, and
a City Council meeting that night.
Hobbies: Choral singing and conducting
First job: Selling Ginsu knives door-to-door while in grade school.
Current motivations/ambitions: Helping my children to grow up strong and kind.
Lesson taught me by my mother: Don't let emotions cloud your judgment or rule your actions.
Hottest issue I'm watching: My wife!
Biggest challenge: Balancing a first job (attorney) with a second job (legislator).
Biggest accomplishment: Winning a tough primary and general election without accepting any money from lobbyists, special interest groups or corporations that lobby the Legislature.
Alarm clock: Daughter's blow-dryer.
Proudest moment: Dropping my first child off at college.
My philosophy of government: Good things happen when people get involved at a local level.
Why my political party: That government is best that governs least.
Soundtrack: Into the Woods
Personal motto/mission statement: Choose an unimportant day. It will be important enough. -- Thornton Wilder, Our Town
Most embarrassing moment: Being held at gunpoint by police in the bathroom of my law office.
Inspiration: Into the Woods
Retreat: Oregon Coast
Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Favorite web site: Utah Policy Daily
Indulgence, guilty pleasure: Utah Shakespearean Festival
Mentors: Each of my employers and my college and graduate school advisors
I admire most in the world: Happily-married men and women
I'd fix the problems of the world by: Having everyone attend their neighborhood caucuses
A small insight into my psyche: I am always humming or whistling and it annoys people
My farewell message to the world: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
My district is cool because: It has the highest point in the state and the only historic railroad in the state.
I like serving in the Legislature because: Our state needs good people who are willing to make this sacrifice.
Running for political office is: Indescribably turbulent and exhilarating.
Historical figure I'd like to take to lunch: John Locke
Sports team: I am the biggest BYU fan who never attended BYU.
I always carry in my pocket: A handy-dandy coin purse that my family gave me for a gift.
Favorite pet: Sorry, no entry here.
I always laugh at: Political speeches
My desk is: Clutter-free exactly once a week, messy on all other days.
Biggest issues ahead in 2010 session: Preserving necessary government services as inexpensively as possible
My priorities for 2010 session: Voting for a smart and fair stream access bill.
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