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Senate confirms John Valentine as chair of Utah State Tax Commission

Aug 18, 2022, 9:00 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox’s reappointment of John Valentine as chair of the Utah State Tax Commission was confirmed Thursday by the Utah State Senate.

The senate confirmed Valentine during an extraordinary session at the Utah State Capitol. 

“John is the epitome of what we need in the commission, so the committee voted unanimously to forward his
 nomination and the state of Utah is grateful for his service,” said Sen. Curtis Bramble (R-Provo) in a news release.

Valentine was first appointed to the position by then Gov. Gary Herbert in 2014. Previously, Valentine served in the Utah Legislature from 1988 to 2014. He served in the House of Representatives for 10 years from 1988 to 1998. He then served in the State Senate from 1998 to 2014.

Away from his duties on the commission, Valentine is a lieutenant with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. 

Valentine earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Brigham Young University. Additionally, he also earned a juris doctorate from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law.

 “I truly appreciate the confidence of Gov. Cox in appointing me to serve an additional four-year constitutional term
as the chairman of the Utah State Tax Commission,” Valentine said in a news release. 

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Senate confirms John Valentine as chair of Utah State Tax Commission