More members of Utah’s legislature are graduates of Brigham Young University than any other school.
“It’s a pretty conservative school,” said Wyatt Warnick, a member of the BYU College Republicans. “The LDS Church doesn’t have a stance on Republican or Democrat, but the majority of members are Republican.”
The University of Utah has the highest number of Democratic lawmakers, 10, but they’re still outnumbered by the 12 Republican Utes.
“I don’t think voters care if you went to BYU or the U,” said Adam Brown, an assistant political science professor at BYU. “They do care if you’re a Republican or Democrat.”
Utah hasn’t swung for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1964, Lyndon Johnson, and in 2012 Romney received 72 percent of the presidential vote.
Brown said geography could be one possible reason the U has a higher number of Democrats in the state legislature. The school is located in Salt Lake City, one of the state’s more liberal areas (and by “more liberal,” that means only 58 percent of Salt Lake County voted for Romney in 2012).
Among female lawmakers, six each graduated from BYU and the U, one graduated from Utah State University, one from LDS Business College, and three from out-of-state schools.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) also attended BYU, as did Attorney General Sean Reyes (R), and Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant.