The Utah Republican Party works to nominate and support the election of Republican candidates in partisan races for public office in the state of Utah; promote the principles of the State Party Platform; and abide by the elections laws, constitution, and bylaws of the Party.[clarification needed]
The state of Utah politics was reorganized after the 1890 Manifesto led by Wilford Woodruff. The 1890 Manifesto officially ended the traditionally Mormon practice of Polygamy. Many prominent polygamist Mormons were imprisoned, punished and harassed since the 1890 Manifesto prohibited plural marriage. This action granted the Utah Territory statehood in 1896 on the condition that polygamy was banned in the state constitution. The Republican Frank J. Cannon was the first delegate elected to congress by the state of Utah in 1894.
The state of Utah rapidly gained overwhelming support for the Republican Party. Although the Republican Party had played a major part in abolishing polygamy, the Republican U.S. Senator Reed Smoot rose to political power. Smoot led a political alliance of Mormons and non-Mormons that created a strong Republican party in many parts of the state.[not specific enough to verify][non-primary source needed]
The Republican Party is currently dominant in Utah politics: no Democrat has won statewide office since 1996, when Jan Graham was elected attorney general; and when Mia Love replaced Jim Matheson in congress in 2014, Utah's congressional delegation became all-Republican.
The Members of the Utah Republican Party are grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty. The members desire the perpetuation of the free government principles and the blessings of liberty. The Party is governed by the Utah State Constitution, Party By-laws, and Robert's Rules of Order Current Edition.[not specific enough to verify][non-primary source needed]
The Utah Republican Party controls all five statewide offices and holds a supermajority in the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah State Senate. Republicans also hold both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and all four of the state's U.S. House seats.
|Vice Chair||Joni Crane|
In off election years the Utah Republican Party holds organizing conventions where state delegate elect a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. The state party officers are elected for a term of two (2) years.
The State Central Committee (SCC) has representatives from every county in Utah. Along with the automatic members, each county chair and vice-chair, counties are allocated representative based on the number of voting republicans in that county. These representatives are voted in by each county's central committee which in turn is made up of precinct chairs and vice chairs elected at neighborhood caucuses.
The State Central Committee (SCC) is the governing body of the party. It has had to fight to protect its right of association. In 2014 the state legislature passed SB54 which neutered the party's caucus and convention system which was how they chose to vet and nominate their candidates. SB54 forced the parties in Utah to have open primaries, among other demands. The SCC directed its party chairman, James Evans, to file a lawsuit.
They won the first lawsuit against the state, allowing the party to once again close its primaries.
The party filed two more lawsuits to try to reclaim more of their rights of association, but they lost those cases. They appealed to the 10th Circuit Court and are currently awaiting to hear the opinion.
Party Caucuses are held every two years in Utah.
Each of Utah's 29 counties has a party organization, which operates within that county and sends delegates to the State Central Committee.