Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Representative Brammer, Republican, District 27. 

Occupation: Attorney.

Education: B.A. in American Studies (BYU), MPA (BYU), JD (BYU).

Growing up: Raised in Orem, Utah.

Fond memory: Anytime my kids are laughing and getting along.

Childhood ambition: Professional golfer or skier.

Family: Nicki (wife), and five kids (with two sets of twins): Talmage (12), Ella (12), Beckham (8), Jack (3), Hadley (3).

Why politics: I’ve always served in my community on boards and charities since leaving college. When the seat opened, I was asked to run and I felt like I had something to offer.

My perfect day: April 25th, because it is not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light jacket. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BNwiqDGz5g)

Hobbies: Cycling, golfing, skiing.

First job: Janitor at a retail computer store.

Current motivations: I care deeply about my community and our state.

Lesson taught me by my mother: Get to work.

Hottest issues I’m watching: COVID, separation of powers, criminal justice issues.

Biggest challenge in public life: Balancing professional, family and public service life.

Biggest accomplishment: My family.

Alarm clock: 6:30 a.m.

Proudest moment: When my wife agreed to marry me (and then followed through with the commitment).

My philosophy of government: Government, when limited to its appropriate role, can protect the freedoms and safety of its citizens, and bless its citizens, and can provide a platform upon which citizens can both succeed and exercise those freedoms.

Why my political party: The platform aligns with my values.

Playlist: Mostly 80s rock, 90s grunge and jazz.

Personal motto: Laziness is the habit of resting before you are tired. (Voltaire)

Most embarrassing moment: While on a date, my contact came lose, causing me to go temporarily blind. I stumbled to the bathroom to fix it. A short time later, my date came in as well. It was a moment of confusion followed by extreme embarrassment and not followed by a second date.

Inspiration: Keep moving forward.

Retreat: Lake Powell.

Favorite book: Anything by George Orwell.

Favorite web site: www.realclearpolitics.com

Indulgence, guilty pleasure: Long naps on the weekend and Tres Leches.

Mentor: Parents.  

I admire most in the world: Those that do good when no one is looking.

A small insight into my psyche: Jordan B. Peterson

My farewell message to the world: God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Galatians

My district is cool because: It has good people, American Fork Canyon, and Sundance.

I like serving in the Legislature because: I learn so much about how things work.

Running for political office is: Perhaps the worst decision I’ve ever made. Jury is still out on this.

Historical figure I’d like to take to lunch: James Madison.

Sports team: Utah Jazz.

Favorite pet: Dog.

I always laugh at: The Simpsons.

Biggest issues ahead in 2021 session: Emergency powers/separation of powers.

My priorities for 2021 session: Emergency powers/separation of powers and Utah Lake

Anything else you’d like to share: I would like to thank the citizens of our state for trusting me with this stewardship.