Ken was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah (Sanpete County) in 1963. He grew up in Tempe, Arizona, graduating from McClintock HS in 1981. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Guatemala. Ken met and married his wife Becky in 1988. Becky is a past recipient of the Golden Apple Teacher Award. They have four amazing children.

Ken spent about three years in Japan teaching English and managing student exchange programs to the U.S. This led to establishing a Japanese language program at Provo District High Schools, where Ken was the first Japanese teacher at Provo H.S. Ken graduated from BYU in 1989 with a degree in Japanese, and they immediately left for Japan, where Ken was hired as a coordinator of international relations in the mayor’s office of the city of Osaka. Ken graduated from California Western School of Law in 1994.

I always had a passion for serving my community and advancing causes for those who don’t have a voice.

Professional and Civic Life

Ken practiced business law in Las Vegas, including serving as general counsel for a publicly traded Japanese company until moving back to Utah in 1999, where he established his own business in estate planning and mediation.

Ken’s community involvement includes serving as past chair of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Sandy Area Rotary Club, member of the Sandy Honorary Colonels Association, and general counsel for the Japan Olympic team during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Ken was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2010 and has just begun his third term in the House. He is known throughout the United States for his expertise on Federalism, and the public lands issue in the West. Ken is the Federalism Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council and is grateful to be in a position to make a positive difference in restoring the principles of freedom that our nation was founded upon.

Convention of States

In September of 2016, Ken was elected by delegates from all 50 states to serve a President of the first ever simulated Convention of States in Williamsburg, VA. He was also elected to serve as Vice President of the Balance Budget Amendment Planning Convention of States in September of 2017.