Policymaker profile: Getting to know Stuart Adams


Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Senate President J. Stuart Adams, Republican, District 22. 

Occupation: I am a partner in the Adams Company, a real estate, construction, and development firm in Kaysville.

Education: I graduated from Layton High School and went on to earn my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Utah in business finance.

Fond memory: I am a fifth generation Layton resident, and I grew up next to my grandparents. That association was incredibly valuable to me.

Childhood ambition: I wanted to be involved with my brother in real estate.

Family: Married to Susan, and together we raised four children. Today, we are proud grandparents to 16 grandchildren.

Why politics: I never anticipated going into politics, but there were some issues I felt compelled to be involved with.

Hobbies: Spending time with my grandkids, skiing.

First job: As a kid, I worked for Weber Basin Water as a laborer.                                

Current motivations: Making life better for my grandkids.

Lesson taught me by my mother: Do what’s right; treat other people with respect.

Hottest issues I’m watching: The economy, COVID-19 and the unintended consequences, like mental health and decreased preventive care.

Biggest challenge in public life: Not having enough time. 

Biggest accomplishment: S.B. 296 – Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Amendments.

My philosophy of government: Limited government and free market.

Why my political party: It closely represents my political values and places an emphasis on individual responsibility.

Playlist: 70s oldies but goodies.

Personal motto: Work hard and integrity matters.

Favorite Book: “Rich States, Poor States.” Utah has ranked #1 in economic outlook for the 13th year in a row.

I admire most in the world: My dad and my grandfather.

My district is cool because: All of the people in it.

I like serving in the Legislature because: The people I get to meet and the relationships I get to build.

Running for political office is: A chance to gain empathy and learn about the issues that are important to people in my district.

Historical figure I’d like to take to lunch: Abraham Lincoln, Sam Adams, John Adams.

Biggest issues ahead in 2021 session: Education. Kids need a well-rounded education, both intellectually and socially.

My priorities for the 2021 session:  Education, COVID-19, the economy.