About Matt Jensen

Matt Jensen is a long-time resident of South Davis County who served on the North Salt Lake City Council for the last eight years. An energy efficiency engineer, Matt, works with municipalities and companies across the industry to identify process inefficiencies and to reduce their energy consumption.

Married with four kids, Matt has also served in the National Guard for the last 20 years. In addition, the last three years he and his wife have been small business owners, owning and operating two restaurants.

Matt and his wife are active in local politics, volunteer in their local congregations, and love to travel.


Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives3 days ago
With my experience as a small business owner, I can tell you that the Utah Economy has outperformed the US average for the last decade. This is due to our hard-working and skilled workforce coupled with a consistent, conservative state tax and regulatory policy.

Private enterprise will flourish when a level playing field exists that is stable and predictable. Government regulation must be minimal and corporate tax rates should be low. The first rule of the legislature when it deals with the Utah economy must be to “do no harm”.

Where possible, the state should encourage innovation and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit. Programs to turn research from our universities into start-ups will pay dividends as those businesses expand locally. However, any use of public funds to spur economic activity must be done with prudence and accountability.
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives4 days ago
Three and a half years ago, a large landslide occurred above Parkway Drive in North Salt Lake. While some efforts have been made to stabilize that hillside, a permanent fix is not in place and instability persists.

Recently, the gravel pits in North Salt Lake sued the city to rezone historic gravel pit lands that had been zoned residential for gravel extraction. Their plan is to blast within a quarter mile of the landslide. The city has resisted these efforts and has been sued by the gravel pits for access. As the city has reached out to the state for help, it appears that there is little oversight of these potentially catastrophic activities.

I fully support the enjoyment of personal property and feel that the gravel pits should be able to extract product from their lands as long as the practice of doing so does not harm those around them. But in this case, they are increasing the risk of another land movement in a residential area.

As your legislator, I will work to ensure that every precaution is taken to reduce the risk to the area above Parkway Drive until permanent stabilization can be created. If it is determined that stability of the land mass is threatened by gravel extraction, I will strongly oppose the close proximity blasting action by the gravel pits.

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Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives1 week ago
Tomorrow is one of my favorite North Salt Lake community events, the Kite Festival. I organized this event five years ago in an effort to unite our neighborhood and city and bring everyone together to have some fun. It’s nice to see that this event is still going strong! There will be food trucks, performances, and demonstrations from some amazing groups. I hope to see all of you there and I look forward to meeting many of you and answering any questions you may have.
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives3 weeks ago
Utah is now the 18th most ozone-polluted state in the United States. Others will talk about making our air better. I am doing it. As an engineering consultant, I help businesses reduce energy use and improve air quality. On a daily basis, I work with engineers and operators across the industry to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, lower their energy consumption, and make their businesses more competitive. As they lower their energy consumption, they also reduce pollution. REAL EXPERIENCE. REAL CHANGE.
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives4 weeks ago
REAL PROBLEMS. REAL SOLUTIONS. Getting stuck at the railroad crossing is a regular occurrence here in South Davis county. Although it is generally a nuisance for everyone, there was a time when we were having children that getting stopped at the railroad tracks on Center Street or 5th South was a very scary prospect. My wife had a history of very short labors. Thankfully, I never found myself delivering a baby! Regardless of your circumstances, the impact is real. Go to my webpage to read about my proposal for a solution: http://jensengop.com/westside_railroad_tracks/
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives
Matt Jensen for the Utah House of Representatives4 weeks ago
Issues important to me: State Government Overreach

There are many examples of the state government enacting laws that usurp the powers of local governments. Unlike states, cities are not sovereign, and only enjoy the powers and authorities that have been granted them by the state. I believe that we should trust local elected officials to make decisions for their communities. The one-size-fits-all solutions that are sometimes proposed by the Legislature are rarely the solutions to the issues that face our cities.

As your elected representative to the state, I will fight for cities to keep the power and fight against laws that attempt to centralize powers to the state government.

Read more about my position here: http://jensengop.com/state_gov_overreach/

Pictured: The North Salt Lake City Council and Mayor posing with the newly appointed Youth City Council