Liljenquist announces campaign for US Senate

SALT LAKE CITY – Dan Liljenquist officially launched his campaign to become Utah’s next US Senator on Wednesday.

Liljenquist’s announcement comes on the heels of his resignation from the Utah Senate last month. The news confirms speculation that he plans to run against incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch.

“Washington, D.C., is broken, and some of our own Republican lawmakers share in the blame,” he said in a statement. “It’s time for new conservative ideas from those who have the energy to see them through.”

Liljenquist, 37, who describes himself as a fiscal and social conservative, was elected to the Utah State Senate in 2008. During his with the state legislature he gained favor with conservative groups like the tea party and FreedomWorks.

“We are very pleased to see a dedicated and proven conservative like Dan Liljenquist step up and challenge the status quo in Utah,” said FreedomWorks president Mike Kibbe. “His record in the State Senate shows clearly that Liljenquist has the ability to produce innovative solutions to budget woes, and to effectively turn those ideas into action and real legislative change.”

Liljenquist received FreedomWorks Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011. He has also been named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine and has been called a “policy pioneer” by the Wall Street Journal.

Liljenquist, whose political career started in 2008, will be challenging Sen. Hatch who has served as one of Utah’s senators for 36 years.

Despite having three decade serving in Washington, D.C., and having a strong base, Sen. Hatch has fallen out of favor with some constituents and conservative entities.

“Senator Orrin Hatch…has consistently abandoned limited government principles, authored legislation with liberal Democrats, and voted to expand the size of the federal government,” Kibbe said, and added “…Why settle for an Orrin Hatch, when you can have another Mike Lee?

Hatch is lumped in with a generation of long-standing politicians who Liljenquist said needs to be replaced.

“This country desperately wants leadership, while all we’ve seen for decades are members of Congress who are either unwilling or incapable of providing it,” Liljenquist said.

Liljenquist is a businessman and attorney from Bountiful, Utah. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago, and has worked for a Fortune 500 company as a strategy consultant. He has also and served as a president and CEO of an in-bound call center based in Roy, Utah.

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7 Comments

  • Oberhum January 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Dan Liljenquist is the man! Senator Hatch needs to be dethroned! dethronehatch.com After 36 years he’s gotten out of touch with the people, with conservative principles, and with freedom. His record is right here: hatchrecord.com. He’s voted for 16 debt ceiling increases, the DREAM act, SCHIP, the PATRIOT ACT, the horrendous NDAA as well! I hope Liljenquist destroys him

  • Matthew January 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I once met Orrin Hatch at Mr. Macs a few years ago. He was picking up some suits. He’s a very nice man. I’ve also met Dan Liljenquist. He was my state senator in Davis County where I’m from. He’s also very nice, but Liljenquist has something that Hatch is missing: an incredible ability to reform broken government budgets. As nice as Hatch is, I’d like to see Liljenquist get his shot at reforming the fiscal system. Hope you win Dan!

  • Jordan January 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I agree, it’s time to replace the old incumbents with energetic, solution finding, go getters. Good luck to Liljenquist.

  • Scott January 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    You can’t negotiate with reality. Let’s elect Liljenquist in November.

  • Ben January 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Finally, a solid conservative we can trust to have in DC. It’s time for Senator Hatch to retire and let the next generation clean up this over-spending mess.

  • Allison January 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Let’s get someone in office who is not only committed to change, but has the skills, ability and experience to make change happen. Vote for Dan Liljenquist!

  • Firefly January 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Its about time Hatch meets his match…Hatch’s 36 year reign is about to come to an end. Dan is the man to do it. Utah needs someone like Dan in Hatch’s Senate seat. Hatch, it is time for you to retire and go home and keep writing your tunes. Maybe you could record some christmas cds and sell them on the Home Shoppin Network. Your time has come…

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