Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Rep. Marie Poulson, Democrat, District 46. Rep. Poulson is retiring after this year and we wish her well in retirement.
Occupation: Retired high school English and history teacher.
Education: BA English and History BYU; Teaching Certificate.
Growing up: My dad was a cattleman and small farmer, so I spent my childhood with the cows, horses, pigs and chickens. No money, but we ate well.
Fond memory: I spent three years living in northern Germany with our young family. My husband was stationed there as an Army dentist. For a farm girl, it was an extended European vacation.
Childhood ambition: To get a college education.
Family: I have been married to my husband Dan for 48 years. We have five children and ten grandchildren. Family is everything.
Why politics: This is another opportunity to serve. I have been teaching students and raising children my whole life, encouraging them to pay attention and be good citizens. At the end of my career, I wanted to provide a role model, especially for young girls because there are so few women in leadership positions in Utah.
My perfect day: A day spent outdoors in beautiful weather in gorgeous scenery walking, hiking or biking.
Hobbies: TRAVELING, reading, hiking and biking.
First job: Every disgusting job on the farm. It makes you appreciate every other job.
Current motivations: Enjoying life while making a difference.
Lesson taught me by my mother: Be slow to judge. Try hard to fully understand the other person’s point of view.