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Meet Representative Steve Handy

House of Representatives | District 16 | Republican

Steve Handy is the state representative for Utah’s Legislative District 16 that covers parts of Layton, Clearfield, and Hill Air Force Base. He was first appointed to the House of Representatives in 2010 and has been reelected five times. 


Committee Assignments:

Rep. Handy is the Chairman of the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee. Previously, he has Chaired Political Subdivisions, Public Utilities Energy and Technology, and Ethics. He is also a member of the Natural Resources Agriculture, Environment, and Agriculture Standing Committee and the Natural Resources, Environment, and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.


Other Assignments:

Steve is Board Member of the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority.


Clean Air Caucus:

Steve is a Co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Clean Air Caucus and Board Member of Utah Clean Cities.


Education Background:

Steve has a B.S. in English and an M.S. in Human Resources Management from the University of Utah.


Civic and Professional:

Steve served eight years on the Layton City Council and is a current member of the United Way’s Davis County Leadership Council. He is board member of Intermountain Healthcare’s McKay-Dee Hospital and Intermountain Layton Hospital.

He has served on the University of Utah’s Alumni Board and is a former Chairman of Ogden Pioneer Days and was President of the Davis Arts Council.



Steve and his wife, Holly, have lived in Layton for 44 years. They have been married for 48 years, have six children and 17 grandchildren. Holly recently retired from a 29-year education career. She concluded her employment as the Pathways Director for Career and Technical Education for the Davis School District.

I am NOT the Government,
but I represent YOU to the Government!

A Few Kind Words From Citizens in District 16


Commissioner Bob Stevenson

Hello, District 16 Delegates: This is Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson. I wanted to share with you some quick thoughts about Rep. Steve Handy. He’s a great legislator and we rely on him a lot. But I want to tell you about Steve Handy the man. I’m not ashamed to say that he’s one of my best friends. He’s an authentic person, honest, thoughtful and kind. I never hear him say bad things about other people. He’s likeable and takes a sincere interest in what’s happening in my life. He’s a wise sounding board on not just politics, but also on faith and family. If you don’t already know him, you should get to know him better…he’ll be a true friend to you, too. I hope you will support his bid for re-election.

– Bob Stevenson

Mayor Joy Petro

Hello District 16 Delegates: This is Layton Major Joy Petro reaching out to tell you how important it is that we in local government have good, trustworthy partners in the State Legislature. Steve Handy is that kind of partner. Because of his time on the Layton City Council, he understand the needs of local government. He always gives us a listening ear and is eager to support our positions. We have a lot of good partners in the Legislature but we always know that Steve is there to give us extra special attention. It’s great to have a partner like Steve, someone we can always turn to and count on.

– Joy Petro

Melinda Checketts

Hello District 16 Delegates: This is Melinda Checketts. For four years I as the District 16 Legislative Chair working with delegates and precinct chairs. I also worked closely with our state representative Steve Handy. He was always there to help me. He is a principled conservative and we can trust him to represent us with integrity and to listen to our concerns. We’re lucky that he agreed to run again and I urge you to support him. Thanks.

– Melinda Checketts

Working together makes all the difference.

Someone once said, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” While that applies to many aspects of life, when it comes to our inspired form of representative government it has never been truer. Because government, at all levels, is too big and bureaucratic, many feel lost and that they don’t have a voice. As a result, they sit on the sidelines, don’t engage, and don’t vote. That’s not the American or the Utah way. Your voice does matter, it does count, and it can be heard. And especially now, it’s critical to adhere to inspired Constitutional Principles and the values and moral bedrock that has built our great state and county. Let’s work together making our community and state even stronger than ever. While respecting each other’s background and perspective, together, we can make a difference.

Representative Steve Handy next to two firemen
Representative Steve Handy with the youth council