Utah Overview

Redistricting Process: The Utah Constitution mandates that redistricting be done by the legislature using a standard committee process. The governor can veto the legislature’s plans. A bill, HB 172, would have established an independent, bipartisan redistricting commission. HB 172 was introduced February 17, 2009, and defeated only three weeks later.

Governor: Republican Gary Herbert

Legislature: Republicans control both chambers.

Number of Congressional Seats in 2011: 4 (+1 since 2010)

Ideal District Size in 2011:  690,971

Current District by District Politics and Demographics

1st District– Republican Rob Bishop

2010 Congressional Results: Bishop 70%

2008 Congressional Results: Bishop 65%

2006 Congressional Results: Bishop 63%

2004 Congressional Results: Bishop 68%

2008 Presidential Results: McCain 64% Obama 33%

2004 Presidential Results: Bush 73% Kerry 25%

District Population: 906,660

Over/Under Populated by: 215,689 (Utah is gaining one seat)

White Population: 724,678

African American Population: 11,049

Hispanic Population: 127,428

See more demographic information from the 2010 Census for the 1st District.*

2nd District– Democrat Jim Matheson

2010 Congressional Results: Matheson 50.5%

2008 Congressional Results: Matheson 63%

2006 Congressional Results: Matheson 59%

2004 Congressional Results: Matheson 55%

2008 Presidential Results: McCain 58% Obama 40%

2004 Presidential Results: Bush 66% Kerry 31%

District Population: 890,993

Over/Under Populated by: 200,022 (Utah is gaining one seat)

White Population: 750,477

African American Population: 7,230

Hispanic Population: 77,249

See more demographic information from the 2010 Census for the 2nd District.

3rd District– Republican Jason Chaffetz

2010 Congressional Results: Chaffetz 73%

2008 Congressional Results: Chaffetz 66%

2006 Congressional Results: Chris Cannon (R) 58%

2004 Congressional Results: Cannon 63%

2008 Presidential Results: McCain 67% Obama 29%

2004 Presidential Results: Bush 77% Kerry 20%

District Population: 966,232

Over/Under Populated by: 275,261 (Utah is gaining one seat)

White Population: 746,564

African American Population: 7,672

Hispanic Population: 153,663

See more demographic information from the 2010 Census for the 3rd District.

*In some browsers, the link to the 2010 Census page may link to a table
of demographics for several states as opposed to the districts for the
specific state.  If this occurs, click the “Back to Search” link at the
top of the page and then click on the arrow next to “Geographies” in
the left column.  Select “All Congressional Districts within Utah”
and then close the box.  Click on the link for “Race, Hispanic or
Latino, Age and Housing Occupancy: 2010” and the correct table should

Redistricting Process taken from Rose Institute study “Redistricting in America.”