John Curtis (American politician)

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John Curtis
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 3rd district
Assumed office
November 13, 2017
Preceded by Jason Chaffetz
44th Mayor of Provo
In office
January 5, 2010 – November 13, 2017
Preceded by Lewis Billings
Succeeded by Michelle Kaufusi
Personal details
Born (1960-05-10) May 10, 1960 (age 58)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Political party Republican (before 2000; 2006–
Other political
Democratic (2000–2006)
Spouse(s) Sue Snarr
Children 6
Education Brigham Young University (BS)
Website House website

John R. Curtis (born May 10, 1960) is an American politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Utah's 3rd congressional district.[1][2] He previously served as the mayor of Provo, Utah (2010-2017). On November 7, 2017, he won a special election to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress, after Chaffetz resigned.

Early life

John Ream Curtis was born May 10, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents were Jesse Duckworth "Dee" Curtis (March 22, 1927-June 16, 2015), and his mother Hazel Dawn Curtis (née Ream) (November 9, 1925-May 15, 2016). They married in 1955.

Curtis attended high school at Skyline High School, where he met his future wife, Sue Snarr. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in business management. He worked for OC Tanner and the Citizen Watch Company before taking a position as the COO of a Provo-based company, Action Target, in 2000.

Mayor of Provo

Before running for Mayor of Provo, Curtis first ran for the Utah State Senate in 2000 as a Democrat against Curt Bramble, losing 33% to 66%.[3] Curtis ran successfully for mayor of Provo City in 2009 defeating former legislator, Stephen Clark, with 53% of the vote and took office on January 5, 2010 on a platform of safety, prosperity, and unity.[4][5] Since taking office he's been focused on economic development, revitalization of Downtown Provo, and getting a beach at Utah Lake. He also successfully assisted with the purchase of iProvo, Provo City's existing fiber internet network, by Google Fiber.[6] Curtis was re-elected for a second four-year term in 2013 with 86.49% of the vote.[7][8] In November 2016, Curtis announced he would not seek re-election for the Mayorship of Provo. During his last few years in office, he averaged an approval rating of 93%.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives

Curtis' campaign photo

2017 election

On May 25, 2017, Curtis announced his candidacy for that year's special election in Utah's 3rd congressional district to replace Jason Chaffetz, who resigned on June 30. On August 15, Curtis won the Republican nomination over fellow candidates Christopher Herrod and Tanner Ainge.[2] On November 7, 2017 Curtis won the election over Democrat Kathie Allen and took Chaffetz's vacated seat.


Curtis was sworn into office on November 13, 2017.

Bears Ears National Monument

On December 4, 2017, Curtis, along with fellow Utah representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart and Mia Love, introduced a bill that would codify the Trump administration's reduction of Bears Ears National Monument by creating two new national monuments in the remaining areas defined by the president.[10]

On January 9, 2018, members of the Tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition testified against the bill including Shaun Chapoose, a member of the Ute Indian Tribe and Utah Business Committee.[11]

Committee assignments

Curtis is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.[12]

Personal and professional life

He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission in Taiwan. He and wife Sue have six children together.

Through his father, he is a descendant of Brigham Young. His paternal grandparents were Jesse Raine Curtis and Edith LaVelle Curtis (née Duckworth). His grandfather's parents were Alexander Robertson Curtis and Genevieve Belle Curtis (née Raine). Genevieve's parents were John Ashley Raine Jr. and Alice Luella Raine (née Decker). Alice's parents were Charles Franklin Decker and Vilate Decker (née Young), daughter of Brigham Young.

His great-uncle is LeGrand R. Curtis, and his first cousin once removed is LeGrand R. Curtis Jr.

He has also served on a number of community and advisory boards including the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce (now Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce), the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Utah National Parks Council of the Boys Scouts of America, and the Utah Valley Healthcare Foundation.

He has two older sisters, Camille and Kristine, and a younger brother, Kitt.


  1. Provo City website. Accessed April 19, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bloch, Matthew; Lee, Jasmine (August 16, 2017). "Utah Election Results: Curtis Wins Republican Primary for U.S. House Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Utah County 2000 General Election Results". Retrieved 21 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Curtis wins Provo mayor race; incumbents tossed in some other races".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Meet Mayor Curtis". Provo City. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2013-12-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Pugmire, Genelle. "Provo mayor announces Google Fiber for Small Businesses in State of City". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Curtis soars to victory and second term in Provo".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Provo City Mayor John Curtis wins re-election – The Daily Universe". Retrieved 2016-05-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. HERALD, Genelle Pugmire DAILY. "Provo Mayor John Curtis announces he will not seek re-election". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-07-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. John Curtis, Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Mia Love (December 4, 2017). "115th Congress 1st Session H. R. 4532". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  11. Vincent Schilling (January 11, 2018). "Heated Exchanges as Utah Lawmakers Push Bill for Vast Reduction of Bears Ears Monument". Indian Country Today. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  12. "Members". Republican Main Street Partnership. Retrieved 24 January 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis Billings
Mayor of Provo
Succeeded by
Michelle Kaufusi
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jason Chaffetz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 3rd congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ralph Norman
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Eleanor Holmes Norton
as U.S. Delegate