Amelia Powers Gardner

is currently a Utah County Commissioner. Amelia has over 15 years experience in the private sector working in engineering, manufacturing, and business development. She is an elected official, community leader, business consultant, disruptive technology advocate, government innovation leader, and mentor for career women. Amelia and her Husband Tobin live in Pleasant Grove, Utah and have 6 children. 

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Accomplishments

  • First end-to-end online marriage license portal in the world

  • Government innovation pioneer​

  • First woman to serve as a Utah County Commissioner

  • Implemented performance based budgeting

Republican Party
  • State Central Committee Member

  • Audit & Budget Committee Member

  • Alternate National Delegate 2016

  • Utah County Republican Party Executive Committee

Awards

  • Gov Tech Magazine Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2020

  • Government Blockchain Association 2020 Leader of the Year

  • Utah Valley 40 under 40 in 2021

  • Club for Growth Founding Fellow

Committees

  • National Cyber Security Center Secure the Vote Advisory Board

  • Government Blockchain As Voting Working Group

  • American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council

  • Utah County Board of Health

From a young age, I learned the importance of independence, self-reliance, and hard work. As the youngest of five children, raised by a single mother with no father in the picture, I witnessed the grit and perseverance of a mother who taught me hard work by her own example. My mom worked her way up the socio-economic ladder putting herself through college. Growing up in poverty was not easy or glamorous. I learned firsthand that government hand-outs are not what improve lives; rather, hard work and a steady job do.


After earning my bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, I spent over a decade at Caterpillar in various engineering and management roles throughout Western Canada and the United States. I managed business plans of up to $320 mn, supervised a team of 12 employees, and earned 6Sigma methodology certification. 

While living in Canada, I saw firsthand how high taxes, progressive social programs, and overregulation undermine individual aspiration and excellence. I experienced how collective state intervention in many facets of society crowds out individual voluntary charitable action breeding a sense of entitlement across the country. After living in Canada, I realized the importance of preserving our unique American way of life for my children — a system which had afforded me the opportunity to lift my own family out of poverty. As a result, upon returning to the United States in 2012, I became active in local and state politics in my home state of Utah. 

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​Having spent a dozen years in the manufacturing and engineering industry working for Caterpillar, I approach issues by evaluating processes. I seek to eliminate waste and to adopt efficiencies by leveraging innovation and technology where possible. I use this same approach when fighting for a more efficient government.

I was elected as the Utah County Clerk/Auditor in January 2019, beating out a three-term, 12-year incumbent with 74% of the vote at convention. My team revolutionized processes at the office, and our constituents benefit from these positive changes. My platform focused on transparency and innovation. Since being elected, my team and I have received national recognition for election reforms. Under my leadership, we moved marriage licensing completely online and generated revenue for Utah County.


As county clerk/auditor my team and I transformed the government experience for our citizens and improved efficiency. As your county commissioner I worked with city and state leaders to help prepare Utah County for unprecedented growth. This is only the beginning! There is still more that needs to be done and I look forward to continue serving you on the Utah County Commission.