In research project done by Brigham Young University political science professor Adam Brown and his research assistant Robert Richards, ranking how conservative Utah's lawmakers were, Utah County's lawmakers made up a majority of the top rankings based on the votes they cast during the 2011 legislative session.
In the Senate, Utah County senators make up four of the top six most conservative members of the body. Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, led the county and came in at No. 2 overall in the state. Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, and Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, come in at four, five and six respectively."-Daily Herald