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Christopher N. Herrod (born August 31, 1965) is an American real estate developer and politician from Provo. He was a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives representing the 62nd district from 2007-2012. He was an unsuccessful candidate to replace Jason Chaffetz in Utah's 3rd congressional district special election, 2017.[1]

Chris Herrod
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Chris Herrod campaigning in 2018
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 1, 2013
Preceded byJeff Alexander
Succeeded byJon Stanard
Personal details
Born (1965-08-31) August 31, 1965 (age 54)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Alia Herrod
EducationBrigham Young University (BA, MA)

In 2016, he ran for the Utah State Senate District 16 seat against incumbent Curt Bramble, but was defeated in the primary.[2]

Herrod was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), serving as Utah state leader.[3]

Early life, education, and business careerEdit

Born in Chicago, Herrod has a B.A. in International Relations and Family Living (1990), and a Master's degree in Organizational Behavior (1992), both from Brigham Young University. He spent 1992-1993 as an Assistant Professor at Kharkov State University; in 1995-1996, he served as an instructor and advisor at Utah Valley State College's Kiev affiliate, the Kiev College of Hotel Management. From 1997-1998, he was international marketing director of Neways. After a brief stint at Merck (1998–99), Herrod went into real estate development, as owner/manager of Keystone Developers and Pangaea Development. He has also served as adjunct faculty in international business at Utah Valley University.[4]

Utah House of RepresentativesEdit

In 2007, incumbent State Representative Jeff Alexander decided to resign from his seat to take a part-time volunteer job in Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.'s economic development office. For the Republican nomination, Provo Republican delegates narrowed the field to two candidates: John Curtis and Chris Herrod. No candidate reached the 60% threshold to avoid an appointment.[5] Governor Jon Huntsman wasn't the person who appoints a candidate; the party leader does. Utah Republican Party Chairwoman Enid Greene decided to appoint Chris Herrod to the seat, even though he didn't reach the 60% threshold and that he got fewer delegate votes than Curtis.[6][7][8]

Committee assignmentsEdit

For the 2009-2010 session, he was assigned to the House Public Utilities and Technology Committee; and to the House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee, of which he was Vice Chair.


2008 Utah House of Representatives raceEdit

In 2008, he defeated Democrat Claralyn Hill, a Provo attorney, 59%-41%.[9] In 2010, he won re-election with 69% of the vote.[10]

2012 U.S. Senate raceEdit

In January 2012, was one of several candidates to announce that he would run for the U.S. Senate election in Utah and would challenge incumbent Orrin Hatch for the Republican nomination. He said "I absolutely hate the direction that we are going in as a nation. I hate socialism."[11][12] It was Hatch's first primary competition since his election in 1976. Hatch won the primary election easily. Consequently, Herrod did not make it to the general election.[13]

2016 Utah State Senate raceEdit

In 2016, Herrod was defeated in the primary against incumbent Curt Bramble in the Utah State Senate District 16 race.[2]

2017 U.S. House of Representatives raceEdit

In 2017, Herrod ran in the special election for Utah's 3rd congressional district to replace Republican Jason Chaffetz, who resigned on June 30. Thirteen days prior to Chaffetz's resignation, on June 17, Herrod emerged victorious in the Republican convention. Lawyer Tanner Ainge and Provo Mayor John Curtis, the latter of whom also competed in the convention, received enough voter signatures to face Herrod in the August 15 primary, where Herrod was defeated by Curtis, garnering 31.1% of the vote to Curtis's 40.5% and Ainge's 28.3%.[1][14]

2018 U.S. House of Representatives raceEdit

Herrod challenged incumbent Representative John Curtis in Utah's 3rd congressional district in 2018. Curtis fell shy of the 60% needed to avoid a primary election at the party convention, sending him and Herrod to another primary. Curtis proceeded to win the primary and later the general election.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

During his teenage years he travelled to Vienna, Hungary, and then-divided Berlin. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and did his missionary service in Sweden. He is married to Alia, whom he met while in Ukraine; they have four children (Katya, Niles, Dale, and Reagan). Herrod is a scoutmaster, and an active fencer. In March 2010 he self-published a 186-page book called, The Forgotten Immigrant - How Tolerating Illegal Immigration Hurts Immigrants, under the imprint Live Free Publishing, LLC.[16]


  1. ^ a b Roche, Lisa Riley (17 June 2017). "Former lawmaker Herrod nominated for GOP primary to replace Chaffetz, will face Curtis, Ainge".
  2. ^ a b "2016 Primary Election Results". Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ "ALEC under fire". July 25, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Representative Christopher N. Herrod (UT)" Project Vote Smart
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  6. ^ " - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources".
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-01-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - UT State House 62 Race - Nov 04, 2008".
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - UT State House 62 Race - Nov 02, 2010".
  11. ^ Herald, Billy Hesterman - Daily. "Rep. Herrod joining race to unseat Hatch".
  12. ^ Romboy, Dennis (6 January 2012). "Chris Herrod to take on Hatch, socialism in bid for U.S. Senate".
  13. ^ Romboy, Dennis (26 June 2012). "Sen. Orrin Hatch easily wins primary election against former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist".
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Mills, Glen (22 April 2018). "U.S. Senate and 3CD races pushed to primary at GOP convention". GOOD4UTAH. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  16. ^ Webb, LaVarr. "New Book by Rep. Christopher Herrod: The Forgotten Immigrant May 12, 2010

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Utah House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jeff Alexander
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 62nd district

Succeeded by
Jon Stanard