Greg Hughes represents Draper in District 51 and currently serves as Speaker of the Utah House. He and his wife, Krista, are the parents of three children.
He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, moved to Utah to work on a political campaign and ended up staying, attending Utah Valley State College and BYU. He is a small business owner in the real estate development and property management sector.
During his time in the Legislature, Speaker Hughes passed legislation to implement state spending limitations and supported a flatter state tax, truth in bonding and other tax and spending reforms. In 2006, he received the Taxpayer Advocate of the Year Award from the Utah Taxpayers Association for his leadership in resurrecting strategic tax cuts to stimulate economic growth.
Speaker Hughes has worked extensively on issues that would help attract business and increase job availability for the citizens of Utah through tax reforms and incentives and founded the Conservative Caucus in the House of Representatives.
He has worked on a number of bills to show his support for our military and veterans, including sponsoring a Purple Heart tuition waiver for injured vets. He participated in the negotiations that allowed Utah to maximize federal money in a unique way, leading the state to have the ability to build three desperately needed new veterans nursing homes.
Speaker Hughes founded Red Meat Radio in 2008 and co-hosted the Saturday morning show for six years, until 2014. He also participates in KCPW’s “Both Sides of the Aisle” with economist Natalie Gochnour and Senator Jim Dabakis, for which they received a UBEE award from the Utah Broadcasters Association for Best Personalities in 2014.
He is active in the community and has served in positions on the boards of Summit Academy Charter School, United Way of Salt Lake and Lone Peak Hospital.
Sports, to the Hughes family, is both an endeavor and a passion – whether cheering for his children from the sidelines or living and dying with every play of Pittsburgh’s baseball, hockey and football teams.