About LaVar Christensen


Representative LaVar Christensen served in the Utah House of Representatives (District 48 in Sandy/Draper) from 2002-2006. His responsibilities included: Vice-Chair of Education, Budget Appropriations for Public Education, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; Chair of Judicial Rules Review Committee and member of the Constitutional Revision Commission.

LaVar was born and raised in Southern California (Upland) but his family is originally from Utah. His great, great grandfather was a member of Utah’s first territorial House of Representatives and the first Salt Lake City Council, which established the City’s early water and lighting systems. Representative Christensen is an attorney with a broad legal background and extensive experience in Real Estate Development. LaVar received his B.A. degree from BYU and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California. While in Law School, he was a Legislative Assistant for the Governor of California and Law Clerk for Judge Rothwell B. Mason. LaVar is married to Susan Kay Christensen. They have three children: Kenny, who is married to Elizabeth Lee; Karen, who is married to Lincoln Scoffield; and Jeff, who is a college student. They currently have three grandchildren.

LaVar is the author and sponsor of Utah’s Constitutional Amendment in support of marriage, which passed and was adopted by the voters in 2004. Representative Christensen also successfully sponsored important legislation that recognizes and strengthens parental rights in Utah as well as civic and character education in Utah’s public schools. He was named 2005 Statesman of the Year by the Salt Lake County Republican Party and received Guardian of Small Business and Friend of the Taxpayer awards while serving in the Legislature. In 2006, he was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Utah’s 2nd District.