Press Releases

Lee Responds to Chairman Priebus’ Remarks on a GOP Agenda

Oct 2, 2014

WASHINGTON – Following Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus’ speech at George Washington University entitled “Principles for an American Renewal,” Senator Mike Lee released the following response:

LEE: “Chairman Priebus has laid out the case for how Republicans should succeed this fall.  We have a broad agenda to address Americans’ economic and national security concerns, while the Democrats are forced to run on their failed record of Obamacare, unemployment, and debt.  The choice couldn’t be more clear and it’s up to the American people to decide the course we take.

“Chairman Priebus succinctly expressed Republican core principles and values, and presented numerous examples of solutions Republicans have produced by applying those principles to the challenges facing working families today.  We have proposals to increase economic security among the middle class, improve mobility for working-class families, and ensure the system is no longer rigged for those at the top.

“It is an ambitious vision for the future of our country and demonstrates the kind of leadership Americans are desperate for.  I am encouraged that the GOP is the party of ideas once again.”

Lee to Speak at Sutherland on Anti-Poverty Agenda

Oct 1, 2014

Senator Mike Lee will speak this evening at an event sponsored by The Sutherland Institute to discuss efforts to reform federal anti-poverty programs to increase economic security among the middle class and improve mobility for working-class families.

Lee Announces #HonorUtahVeterans Instagram Gallery

Sep 22, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - Today Senator Mike Lee announced that he is collecting pictures through Instagram to display in his offices in honor of Veterans Day.  In announcing this effort, Senator Lee said, "Utah is home to over 150,000 veterans.  While each veteran has their own unique experience in serving our country, our appreciation for their service is universal.  As we approach Veterans Day on November 11, I am creating a photo gallery display in my Senate office memorializing the service of Utah’s veterans.  If you are one of the brave Americans who has served or is serving, or if you are the friend or family member of a veteran - you are invited to share a photograph on Instagram that captures their commitment to country and their willingness to sacrifice. Please help me remember and honor those who have stood tall for freedom and inspire the next generation of Americans to do the same."

Photos may be historical from their period of active duty or a present day picture showcasing their spirit, pride, honor and legacy.  Utahns are asked to share their photos on Instagram using the hashtag #HonorUtahVeterans.  Full details on how to participate can be found on

Pictures will be collected until November 7, 2014.  Based on the number of submissions, Senator Lee's office will determine the best way to display the photos that are submitted.  Those who submit photos can also visit to share the stories behind their photos, and Senator Lee will include these stories in the copy of the first Congressional Record that is published after Congress returns to session following Veterans Day.

vet photo gallery

RELEASE: Lee & Durbin: According to CBO, Smarter Sentencing Bill Would Reduce Prison Costs by More Than $4 Billion

Sep 15, 2014

Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) announced today that their bill tomodernize nonviolent drug sentencing policies would reduce prison costs in America by $4.36 billion over 10 years, according to a new report compiled by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Lee Announces Town Hall for Military Community and Veterans

Aug 14, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – Senator Lee announces an upcoming town hall meeting that will focus on the needs of Utah’s veterans and military community.  The event will be held on August, 26 at 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. At the Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater in Layton.

Vet Invite

"As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have an important responsibility in guiding the actions Congress takes to maintain the capabilities of our armed forces to provide for our national defense,” Lee explains.  "I also have the responsibility to ensure that we provide veterans who have served the country with the benefits and recognition that they deserve.  The feedback I receive from those who are part of the military community is crucial in helping me effectively fulfill these responsibilities.”

This event will provide a valuable opportunity for the military and veteran community to meet Senator Lee and the members of his staff that advise the senator on legislation related to the military and veterans.  His staff that helps veterans with federal casework will also be in attendance to offer their services to veterans that need additional help working with federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

All are invited to attend, but for those who are unable to attend, Senator Lee has made a form available on his website where constituents can leave their feedback or questions for the Senator to address during the town hall meeting.  This form can be found here:

Lee at Reagan Ranch: Answering Reagan's Challenge

Aug 13, 2014

Today, Senator Mike Lee delivered a speech at the Reagan Ranch to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of President Reagan signing into law one of his first major economic reforms, the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981.

Lee, Herbert Host Utah Solutions Summit on Improving America’s Regulatory Climate

Aug 12, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - Senator Lee, Governor Gary Herbert, Salt Lake Chamber, the Utah League of Cities and Towns, and the Utah Association of Counties will host a daylong solutions summit to discuss America’s vast and uncertain regulatory burden that is hindering economic growth, exacerbating unemployment, and making it harder for Utah businesses to succeed.  The summit will facilitate a discussion of regulatory compliance issues states, communities, and businesses must deal with and offer a number of solutions to improve America’s economy through regulatory reform.

Senator Mike Lee, Governor Gary Herbert* and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox will give remarks, along with Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who will deliver a special keynote address in the morning.  The early session will also include two panels featuring state and city officials, as well as business leaders to discuss the relationship between regulation and economic development. 

The media is invited to attend the morning and lunch speeches, as well as the panel discussions.  There will be special seating for reporters, along with access to Wi-Fi.  Live blogging and tweeting are encouraged.  Following the lunch speech, media outlets will have special access to the event speakers for one-on-one interviews. 

Media is required to RSVP no later than Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to Emily Long, 202-224-3904

*Governor Herbert will not be in attendance.  His remarks will be delivered by pre-taped video.




August 21, 2014

Little America Hotel

Salt Lake City


Agenda (subject to change):

8:00am Registration

8:30am Welcome

United States Senator Mike Lee


9:15am Keynote

United States Senator Tom Coburn


10:00am Local Regulations Panel Discussion

Chris Gamvroulas, President of Ivory Development, Ivory Homes

John Curtis, Mayor, Provo City

Stuart Clason, Director of Economic Development, Salt Lake City

Caitlin Gochnour, Ogden City Council

Maxine Turner, President, Cuisine Unlimited, Inc.


11:00am State Regulations Panel Discussion

Rich Walje, President & CEO, Rocky Mountain Power

Natalie Gochnour, Chief Economist, Salt Lake Chamber

Darrel Bostwick, Bostwick & Price

Bryce Bird, Director, Division of Air Quality, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Derek Miller, President & CEO, World Trade Center Utah


11:45am Welcome

Governor Gary Herbert (by video)


11:50pm Lunch?


12:20pm Speech

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox


12:50pm One-on-One Interviews with Event Speakers


Senator Lee Announces August Town Hall Meetings

Aug 4, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - Senator Lee announced five upcoming town hall meeting that he will be holding during the month of August.  He plans to visit Cache County, Salt Lake County, Sanpete County, and Washington County.  In addition to these visits, he will also be holding a town hall meeting that will focus on the military and veteran communities in Utah.

For a full list of the dates, times, and locations of these events, please visit the Town Hall Page of Senator Lee's Website.

Senator Lee looks forward to meeting with Utahns across the state to hear their concerns, answer their questions, and share more information about the solutions he is working on in Washington DC.  He invites all Utahns to attend a town hall meeting in their area to be a part of this important dialogue.

Cache County

Logan town hall

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Town Hall

Military and Veterans Town Hall

Veterans and Military Town Hall

Sanpete County

Washington County Town Hall

Washington County

Sanpete County Town Hall

Lee: A Better Way to Improve America's Transportation Infrastructure

Jul 29, 2014

“Under the Transportation Empowerment Act, Americans could finally enjoy the local infrastructure they want. More environmentally conscious states and towns could finally have the flexibility to invest in more green transit projects and bike lanes. Regions reaping the benefits of America’s energy renaissance could accelerate their infrastructure build-outs to keep up with their explosive growth. Dense cities could invest in more sustainable public transit networks.

“Meanwhile, surrounding counties could re-open the frontiers of the suburbs to a new generation of more livable communities. State and local governments will also be freed to experiment with innovative funding mechanisms not tied to the unreliable gas tax.  And by cutting out the Washington middle-men, all those states and communities and taxpayers will be able to get more for less…

“Today Americans are unnecessarily stuck in traffic, stuffed in overcrowded subway cars, missing their kids’ games and recitals, priced out of neighborhoods close to their jobs and spend almost a full 40-hour work week per year stuck in gridlock.

“They deserve better than what Washington is offering, which is just the status quo plus a little more money.  A new era demands a new approach.”

Senate to Vote on Lee's Transportation Reform

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, the full Senate agreed to include Senator Mike Lee’s proposal to reform transportation funding in a package of amendments on the Highway Trust Fund. The “Transportation Empowerment Act” would allow states to keep the vast majority of revenue each raises through the gas tax, making it easier and more effective for communities to develop the transportation system they want and need.

“Nearly half the states are already taking steps to become more fiscally independent in how they fund transportation projects,” said Sen. Lee. “This legislation would make that process easier and empower all 50 states to be more responsive to the needs of their citizens.  The states already own and maintain the roads.  There is no good reason why they should have to send their citizen’s infrastructure money to Washington first.”

The Transportation Empowerment Act phases down the federal gas tax over five years from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents and transfers highway authority from the federal government to the states.

“Under this new system, Americans would no longer have to send significant gas-tax revenue to Washington, where politicians, bureaucrats, and lobbyists take their cut before sending it back with strings attached,” Lee added.  “Instead, states and cities could plan, finance, and build smarter and more affordable projects.”

Lee’s plan would ignite a new era of infrastructure innovation and diversity. Some communities could choose to build more roads, while others might prefer to repair old ones. Some might build highways, others light-rail. And all would be free to experiment with innovative green technologies, and new ways to finance their projects, like congestion pricing and smart tolls. For the country as a whole, this plan would mean a better infrastructure system, new jobs and opportunities, diverse localism, and innovative environmental protection.

“Americans know we need more roads, bridges, lanes, and mass-transit systems. My plan will not only allow local communities to develop infrastructure projects according to their own needs and values, but will allow their dollars to go further by cutting out the political middle-men in Washington. Properly planned and located, these projects would help create new jobs, new communities, more affordable homes, shorter commuting times, and greater opportunity for businesses and families,” said Lee.

Lee’s stand-alone bill (S.1702) has been cosponsored by Senators Rubio, Cruz, Roberts, and Johnson, while a House companion (HR3486) introduced by Rep. Tom Graves has 49 cosponsors.