• Congressman Rob Bishop

    Rob Bishop, a public school teacher turned public servant, is serving his fifth term as a representive from Utah’s First Congressional District in the U.S. Congress. Currently, he serves on the powerful House Rules Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and is Chairman of the House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. He’s on temporary leave from the House Armed Services Committee, at the request of Speaker of the House John Boehner, in order to continue serving on the House Rules Committee. For his first term, he was appointed to serve on the Armed Services Committee, the Resources Committee, and the Science Committee, which all handle critical issues for Utah's First District. In Rob’s second term, he was appointed to serve on the powerful House Rules Committee, the legislative “gatekeeper” for all bills coming to the House floor. Rob helped found the 10th Amendment Task Force, a coalition of House Members committed to work to return to the people and the states the power now being held in Washington DC. 

  • Representative Chris Herrod

    Statehood • Representative Christopher N. Herrod is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, and a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives. Chris has a B.A. in International Relations and Family Living (1990) and a Master’s in Organizational Behavior, both from Brigham Young University. He served as an assistant professor at Kharkov State University (1992–1993); an instructor and advisor Utah Valley State College’s Kiev affiliate, the Kiev College of Hotel Managements (1995–1996); international marketing director of Neways (1997–1998); and adjunct faculty in international business at Utah Valley University. He is the owner/manager of Keystone Developers and Pangaea Development, a real estate development firm. During his teenage years, Chris traveled to Vienna, Hungary, and the then-divided Berlin. Having seen socialism and communism first-hand, Chris says, “I absolutely hate the direction that we are going in as a nation. I hate socialism.”

  • Bill Howell

    History of Western Lands (watch video) • Bill Howell, author and speaker, stresses the critical responsibility of each state to jealously defend and exercise their sovereign states’ rights to the public lands within their borders. He understands the true meaning and purpose of the federal trust because he understands the true meaning and intent of the Framers when they drafted the Property Clause of the United States Constitution and the rights reserved to the states.

    Bill Howell, born in Prescott, AZ, was raised in the mine camp of Bagdad, AZ. A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree and emphasis in biology and chemistry, Bill worked as a classroom teacher in Seattle, Washington, 1969–1974.  Bill was also Executive Director of the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments based in Price from 1980 through 2011.  He retired in 2011 and now maintains homes in Hurricane, UT and Helper, UT. Bill Howell is the co-author of Statehood: The Territorial Imperative, RS 2477: A Road Out Of Territorial Bondage, and The Property Clause of the United States Constitution: An Analysis. The volume Statehood was the basis for H.B. 148 in the 2012 Utah legislature, the Transfer of Public Lands Act and Related Study, and also for the House Joint Resolution #3, the Joint Resolution on Federal Transfer of Public Lands.

  • John Swallow, Chief Deputy Attorney General - Utah

    Reclaim our Western Lands • John Swallow knows the importance of land to Utah's economy. Ranchers need livestock grazing land; sportsmen and families need recreation access, the state needs land use income for its economy and education. Utahns pay a state income tax and property taxes, yet Utah currently ranks among the lowest in the nation for per-student funds. With revenue from lands, Utah would fund Utah schools without raising taxes.The federal government controls 64% of Utah’s land and denies access to much of Utah's best and most beautiful open spaces. Last year, the federal government approved only 50,000 out of 400,000 acres requested for oil and gas leases. This stifles Utah’s job growth. An energy rich state, Utah’s access to these resources could affect America’s dependence on foreign oil.

    Speaker to Session, Reclaim our Western Lands, John Swallow became Utah’s Chief Deputy Attorney General before 2009. A distinguished lawyer, he oversees seven civil divisions and all of Utah’s litigation. His office filed a lawsuit with 25 other states to overturn President Obama’s unconstitutional health care bill. Acclamations: elected to Utah House of Representatives, sponsored/passed one of Utah’s largest tax cuts—named Utah Taxpayer Advocate of Year 2000 by Utah Taxpayers’ Association. Recognized by: Utah Association of Realtors, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Utah Food Industry Association, and Mt. Vernon Private School; Named Henry Toll Fellow, by Council of State Governments. Legislation: to protect 2nd Amendment right to bear arms—awarded NRA’s highest lawmaker rating; to protect homeowners from malicious property liens; advocate for charter schools, secured tuition tax credit to pay for private school costs. A little league baseball coach, John lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife, Suzanne and their five children.

  • Representative Ken Ivory

    Reclaim our Western Lands (watch video) • Currently a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, Ken Ivory is a committee member on the Judiciary Committee, Public Utilities and Technology, and Subcommittee on Public Education Appropriations. He introduces and moderates the panel, Reclaim Our Western Lands. The author of Where's the Line? How States Protect the Constitution. Ken has also published numerous articles on state sovereignty, fiscal responsibility, and public lands in leading magazines and periodicals. His community service includes past chair of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Sandy Rotary Club, member of the Sandy Honorary Colonels Association, general counsel for the Japan Olympic team during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and a managing director of the Utah Special Olympic Summer Games.

    Native to Utah and Arizona, Ken taught English and managed student exchange programs to the U.S, for three years in Japan. He created a Japanese language program for Provo District High Schools, taught the first Japanese class at Provo High School and, In the mayor’s office, acted as coordinator of international relations for Osaka, Japan. With a BA from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law, he practiced business law in Las Vegas, Nevada. He lives in Utah with his wife and four children where he operates his own business in estate planning and mediation practice.

  • Representative Roger E. Barrus

    Reclaim our Western Lands • Representative Roger E. Barrus serves on the Utah House Natural Resources Committee. As a Utah Representative, he has worked extensively with municipalities and both state and federal regulatory agencies. “I understand the "system," he says. “. . . During my six terms, I’ve worked to gain the contacts, trust, relationships and knowledge required to represent each community in Legislative District 18. I have visited city council meetings, hosted town meetings, walked the neighborhoods and circulated questionnaires in an effort to understand and represent our communities' values. I have sincerely worked to connect to the people."

  • Commissioner Demar Dahl

    Reclaim our Western Lands • Part of the panel, Reclaim Our Western Lands, Demar Dahl serves as a County Commissioner in Elko County, Nevada, where he also runs a cattle ranch. He has served on airport advisory boards and state grazing boards. He was on the Fox Peak Paiute-Shoshone Economic Development Board and the Bush-Cheney Transition Team. A past president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, he served on the Nevada Environmental Commission and as a charter member of the National Federal Lands Conference. As well, he served as a board member for the Mountain States Legal Foundation. In 1992, Demar was the Republican candidate in Nevada for the United States Senate running against now Majority Leader in the Senate, Harry Reid.

  • Mike Swenson

    Reclaim our Western Lands • Panelist Moderator, Mike Swenson, is the Director of USA-ALL, an organization dedicated to the defense of public access and recreation on public lands whenever and wherever it is threatened. USA-ALL works with local user groups and land managers to promote responsible recreation and protect access. Utah Shared Access Alliance (USA-ALL ) was founded in1999 to push back against the forces of radical environmental and anti-access groups who try to remove motorized and mechanized recreation from public lands in Utah. With over 10,000 members, USA-ALL is the largest group working exclusively on public land access issues in Utah. Mike says, ”We’ve won numerous cases from local jurisdictions all the way to the US Supreme Court. We’ve also prevented closures by working with local governments and land managers.”

  • Dr. Michael Coffman

    How Progressive Ideology is Destroying America • We are engaged in a war—not about Republicans vs. Democrats, or about conservatives vs. liberals. It is about liberty vs. tyranny. We are fighting a war of ideology, a war of words with the progressive movement who do today, the same thing they did over a 100 years ago. Today their people control America’s education, political, media, and judicial institutions. When we vote progressives out of office, laws and regulations can be abolished or restructured to return America back to a Constitutional Republic. Entrepreneurs, ranchers, and farmers can once again prosper because they have private property rights and a free market in which to operate. The attendee will learn the horrible consequences of progressive ideology and how to expose it. Progressive ideology cannot stand the light of truth.

    Dr. Michael S. Coffman has a Ph.D. specializing in ecosystems analysis and climate change. He taught and conducted research at Michigan Technological University before moving to Champion International, a leading paper company. While there, he led a multimillion dollar research effort on global warming. He left Champion to help Americans understand what is really happening geopolitically. He almost single-handedly stopped the ratification of the Biodiversity Treaty in the US Senate. He has produced numerous videos and books, the most recent being Plundered, How Progressive Ideology is Destroying America, which exposes the very dangerous progressive ideology.

  • Fred K. Grant

    Fred K. Grant has a College of Idaho B.A. in History and a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law. He completed post graduate studies in law enforcement at the University of Southern California and in international sovereignty for professors Soia Mentschikoff and Kenneth Dam. Fred clerked for Chief Judge Frederick W. Brune, Maryland Court of Appeals, famed as the author of the report of Council of Chief Justices highly critical of the Warren Supreme Court for its usurpation of Tenth Amendment powers. For over twenty five years, Fred has developed a “coordination” process to provide meaningful leverage to local governments to use in their interactions with federal and state agencies. He's been Assistant United States Attorney, Baltimore State's Attorney Chief of Organized Crime; counsel to Idaho Governors Andrus and Evans; hearing officer in county land use cases.

    Restore Local Government Tenth Amendment Authority to Reclaim Revenue from Federal Land • Two factors undermine stable economy for Utah's towns, counties and school districts: (1) 64 % of all land in Utah is controlled by the federal government, and (2) bureaucrats so severely regulate land use that local economies are on the rocks. Costs of local health and safety services steadily rise, and local revenues steadily decline because federal regulations strangle mining, drilling, logging, grazing, and outdoor recreation. With no relief in sight, the federal government imposes unnecessary wilderness designations and mineral shut-downs claiming that they are needed to create a healthy natural environment. The claim is false. The regulations are tightened to sustain federal control. This will change when local governments take a strong step forward to reclaim their rightful Tenth Amendment authority.

  • Commissioner Ronny Rardin

    Reclaim our Western Lands • Otero County has taken a strong stand against the ever-encroaching Federal Government. By their determination to follow the law and the Constitution, Otero has made great headway to take back the land. Otero County held a Tree Party - a movement that could change the nation. Groups like People for the West and Otero County Public Lands Steering Committee were formed and set the stage for what Otero County is today. Otero County Commissioners believe that the Commission is the closest governing body to the people and therefore the Commission must be the strongest voice for the people. Although subordinate to the State, counties are sovereign where the State is silent. With 24 years of government history, Ronny Rardin can discuss in detail the challenges to educate and motivate county officials to take the stands needed to bring the government back where it belongs. "When people decide and take a stand on principle, it's always magnificent," Rardin says. Ronny has owned several businesses; General Commercial Construction is his main livelihood. He and his wife, Bridgette, live in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where they have raised 3 children.

    Ronny Rardin, Chairman of the Board, Otero County Commission, New Mexico, will have served Otero Country for 16 years by year 2014. During his tenure, commissioners in Otero County changed titles and roles from Road Commissioners to County Commissioners who read, study, and even plan. Taking charge, the Commission set out to protect the people and fulfill the responsibilities that the people elected them to do. It was soon obvious that the people need protection from their own government. The Federal, State, and County governments place multiple rules and regulations, which burden the people, and then they allow government bureaucracy to control and legislate the processes.