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Getting to know Board leadership: Dave Thomas

David L. Thomas is the Chief Civil Deputy Summit County Attorney. Thomas previously worked as a judge advocate for the U.S. Army and as an assistant commonwealth attorney in Virginia.

Thomas previously served as a Utah senator, and was chairman of the Senate Education Standing Committee at the time. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the law school at the College of William and Mary.

He and his wife Lynn are the parents of three sons and one daughter and reside in South Weber City, where he serves on the city council. Thomas represents District 4 on the Utah State Board of Education. Thomas is the Board’s 1st vice chair for the 2014 year. He can be reached by email at


Q: Why did you run for/why are you on the State Board of Education?

A: As a former state senator and chair of the Senate standing committee on education, I saw first hand the deteriorating relationship between the State Board and the Legislature. My goal was and continues to be improving that relationship. Together, we can be great; divided and our children suffer.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the 2014 year as part of the State Board leadership team?

A: Technology is the key to the future of education. The ability to get a technological device into the hands of every student starting in the sixth grade and delivering high quality instruction through such device is my goal. This has been termed the one-to-one device initiative. It is well worth the cost.

Q: What does Utah do well when it comes to public education?

A: There are many things Utah does well. One that I stress is college and career readiness. Utah is in the top ten among states in AP pass rates and recently, Utah was ranked by ACT as the top state among those that have 100% participation on the college entrance exams.

Q: What is something Utahns should know about you?

A: I am a proud former officer of the 9th Infantry Regiment (Manchus), one of the most decorated military units in the history of our country. I served in the 1990s as the Command Judge Advocate for the Regiment, deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to oversee the Cuban and Haitian refugee camps. It was one of the greatest honors in my career as an active duty Army officer.

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