David Smith Monson

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David Smith Monson
David Smith Monson.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byDavid Daniel Marriott
Succeeded byWayne Owens
2nd Lieutenant Governor of Utah
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 7, 1985
GovernorScott M. Matheson
Preceded byClyde L. Miller
Succeeded byW. Val Oveson
Personal details
David Smith Monson

(1945-06-20) June 20, 1945 (age 75)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Julie Johnson
Children5 [1]
Alma materUniversity of Utah
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUtah ANG headquarters emblem.PNG  Utah Air National Guard
Years of service1967–1973

David Smith Monson (born June 20, 1945) is a former U.S. Representative and the second Lieutenant Governor of Utah. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Monson attended public schools. He earned a B.S. from the University of Utah in 1970. He became a certified public accountant afterwards. He also served as a Sergeant in the Utah Air National Guard from 1967 to 1973.[2]

Monson was elected Utah State Auditor in 1972.[2] He was one of only two Republicans to win a statewide office that year, the rest being taken by the Democrats.[3] He served from 1973 to 1977. He then served as lieutenant governor of Utah for two terms, from 1977 to 1985.[2]

In 1984, Monson ran for the United States House of Representatives for the Ninety-ninth Congress. He had a difficult race due to reports of his going on a trade mission to Japan along with a man who was later accused of spying and a developer who had been accused of defrauding investors.[4] In the general election, he defeated former state Senator Frances Farley by a vote of 105,540 to 105,044.[5] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1986, ending his political career on January 3, 1987 after serving only one term as a representative. He subsequently became a business executive involved in international trade and recycling paper. He currently resides in Salt Lake City.

Monson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  1. ^ http://historytogo.utah.gov/people/davidsmithmonson.html
  2. ^ a b c "MONSON, David Smith – Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  3. ^ "Utah History Encyclopedia". Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  4. ^ Political outlook dims for women after hopes raised by Ferraro's bid
  5. ^ Powell, Allan Kent (1994), "Elections in the State of Utah", in Powell, Allan Kent (ed.), Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

Political offices
Preceded by
Clyde L. Miller
Lieutenant Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
W. Val Oveson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Daniel Marriott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Utah's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
Succeeded by
Wayne Owens