Orem Utah Representative is 'Stay-at-Home Mom'
OREM, UTAH -- Margaret Dayton decided in 1996 that she would vote for
a "good conservative woman" to represent her community in the then
upcoming elections for Representative to the Utah State Legislature.
Since "no Republican woman signed up to run," she says to explain her
decision to seek public office, the only way she could keep that
commitment of voting for a conservative woman was to run herself. "It
was never a childhood dream or aspiration to run for office. I always
wanted to be a wife and mother."
She certainly is that. Referring to husband, Lynn, as "my favorite
constituent," Margaret Dayton is the mother of eleven--three sons,
one daughter, and seven stepsons. She credits the support of her
large family for the joy she receives serving in the Legislature and
family is foremost in her thoughts as she serves.
"I have one focus that overlaps several issues. My real goal as a
legislator," states Dayton, "is to support legislation that
strengthens families. I think if you have strong families, you have a
After graduation from nursing school, Representative Dayton was in
the workforce as a nurse. When her first child was born, she left
work and enjoyed her role at home. Her own experiences form the
foundation for the way she performs her duties in the legislature.
She says, "I would never legislate that one parent should stay home
with children, but we shouldn't take that choice away from people
either, by passing legislation that makes it hard for them to live on
a single income."
Next to Representative Dayton's name in the state directory, her
occupation is listed as homemaker. Only two children are now left at
home, giving her more time during legislative sessions to research
proposed law, attend meetings and participate in the dialogue with
constituents that are part of her vision of the responsibility to
serve. She is the chairwoman of the Education standing committee and
also serves on the Rules and Higher Education Appropriations
committees, and the Government Operations standing committee.
Representative Dayton recently successfully spearheaded legislation
to eliminate a surcharge on hospital bills, citing the
inappropriateness of taxing sick people.
Dayton happy at home and in the Legislature
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By Tara Duggan:The Daily Herald