They say in the Air Force, "When you are taking flak, you know you are over the target." The target during my service as your state representative has been to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, and secure the self-reliance, independence and statehood equality for our State.
I have been working tirelessly over the past six years to restore balance in what was designed to be a governing partnership between the state and federal governments. I have been advocating locally and national for 2/3rds of the States to apply for a Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution to reduce the size and scope of the federal government. I have been leading out nationally to reduce the dependence of States on "unsustainable" federal funding that comprises the largest part of our Utah state budget.
Our unique governing system was designed like a tug o' war between state and national governments to provide the healthy tension between the two "as a double security to the rights of the people." This system is called federalism. Together with the separation of powers between the three branches of government, these are the two fundamental pillars that secure our peace and our right to pursue prosperity. Like a tug o' war, if nearly all the rope today is on the federal government side, it's not the federal government's fault that the states are not pulling their constitutional weight as the system requires. But, we can't expect state and local leaders to do what they don't know or have never been taught.
For this reason, on September 30, 2016, the Utah Commission on Federalism, which I chair, in connection with Utah Valley University's Center for Constitutional Studies, released our jointly developed Curriculum on Federalism. The development of this federalism curriculum stems from the HB120 legislation I passed in 2014 to help state and local government attorneys, officials, and citizens in general understand and exercise their rights, powers, and duty to defend and maintain our unique constitutional system.
Many ask about my passion for the Transfer of Public Lands Act that I passed in 2012 (HB148). Here is an article that was published where I expressed in detail the principles of freedom that make the Transfer of Public Lands to all willing western states more than just a good idea...it's critical to our Republic. - Ken Ivory
Knowledge and Courage – Keys to the Transfer of Public Lands - Why The Difference?
The greatest thing you can do to support Ken is to help educate your friends and neighbors about the principles of liberty upon which our Republic was founded, and upon which its future is dependent. Share Ken's Facebook and Twitter posts, blogs, and emails. Benjamin Franklin used to do all in this power to spread the word, but his only option was to set type one character at a time on a printing press. Can you imagine what he would do with a smart-phone? Facebook? Twitter? The power is in your hands!
The subject of Federalism is one of the least understand subjects in America, and yet it is crucial to maintaining our freedom...as well as to regaining the freedoms we have lost over the past several decades as people have allowed our fundamental rights to erode away.
Please take the next 27 minutes to watch my presentation on Federalism at the Breitbart Conference held in New Hampshire earlier this Fall. Then share it with your children, your family, your neighbors and friends, and encourage them to make sure that their elected officials understand the crucial role they play in preserving American Freedom.
Personal and Family Life
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.
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.