Utah Policymaker: Rep. Brad Daw, House District 60, Orem
Occupation: Computer Engineer and part-time legislator.
Education: Shelley High School, Shelley, Idaho (yes I am a Russet, it that a problem?); BYU, Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, electronics option; San Jose State University, Master of Science in computer engineering.
Growing up: On a farm in Idaho.
Fond memory: Floating in a leaky rubber raft down Box Canyon in Island Park and fishing, with Dad having to stop every so often to blow up the boat.
Childhood ambition: To be an astronaut.
Family: I thank heaven for them every day.
Why politics: Freedom isn't free and everyone needs to do their part.
My perfect day: Vigorous workout, tinker with some gadget or write some cool software, have an animated political discussion with someone with an opposing point of view, dinner with the family, play with the family, date with wife, go to bed.
Hobbies: Camping, backpacking, politics.
First job: Working in the spud (potato) harvest on my grandpa's farm at age 8.
Current ambition: Defeat nationalized health care and pave the way for a more market-driven health care system in Utah.
Lesson taught me by my mother: To eat my oatmeal because there's starving people in China.
Hottest issue I'm watching: Health care reform.
Biggest challenge: Finding time to be a good husband, father, computer engineer, Scoutmaster and legislator.
Biggest accomplishment: Staying happily married for over 20 years.
Alarm clock: iPod dock.
Proudest moment: 6 way tie: My marriage and the births of my five kids.
My philosophy of government: That government is best which governs least and government should be kept as close to the people as possible.
Why my political party: The Republican Party is still the home of conservatism.
Soundtrack: Chariots of Fire
Personal motto/mission statement: I strive to learn and try to teach correct principles.
Most embarrassing moment: Pushing a wheelbarrow full of wood at high speed, hitting a half-buried 2x4, doing a complete front flip with the wheelbarrow, and landing flat on my back in front of the wheelbarrow while managing to hang on to the handles. All this right in front of my mother and brother.
Inspiration: Joseph Smith
Favorite book: Where the Red Fern Grows.
Favorite movie: Chariots of Fire
Favorite web site: Facebook
Guilty pleasure: Cold Stone
Mentors: My dad. Mr. Moser in High School. Miss Hyde in fourth grade.
I'd fix the problems of the world by: Teaching people correct principles and letting them govern themselves.
A small insight into my psyche: I may be looking at you and nodding but I may not be paying attention.
My farewell message to the world: Enjoy the ride, you only get one.
My district is cool because: I have UVU, University Mall, Costco and of course Gary Herbert in my district.
I like serving in the Legislature because: I have such great friends to serve with.
Running for political office is: Like a box of chocolates.
Historical figure I'd like to take to lunch: Joseph Smith
Sports team: BYU Cougars
I always carry in my pocket: My Blackberry, Leatherman and thumb drive.
Favorite pet: Daisy (golden retriever)
I always laugh at: Bill Cosby
My desk is: Messy.
Biggest issue ahead in 2010 session: The budget
My priorities for 2010 session: Hold the line on taxes.
Anything else you'd like to share: I'd like to share Jen Seelig with Idaho. (Just kidding Jen you know I love you)