John Valentine was appointed by Gov. Gary R. Herbert to serve as chair of the Utah State Tax Commission in 2014. He served in the Utah Legislature from 1988 to 2014, first in the House of Representatives from 1988 to 1998 and then in the Senate from 1998 to 2014. He served two terms as Senate President from 2005 to 2008.
Commissioner Valentine was born in Fullerton, California and obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting and economics from Brigham Young University in 1973 and a juris doctorate from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law in 1976. He was a managing partner in the law firm of Howard, Lewis and Petersen based in Provo, where he specialized in federal estate taxation, estate planning, contract and business law. A fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel, he was awarded the Tax Practitioner of the Year by the Utah State Bar in 2008.
He is an adjunct professor of law at BYU, certified mediator with Utah Dispute Resolution, a Utah State Bar Examiner and a member of the Tax Section and Tax Specialization Committee of the American Bar Association.
An avid emergency responder, Commissioner Valentine is a lieutenant with the Utah County Search and Rescue Team, an emergency medical technician and National Association Search and Rescue instructor. He also serves in the Boy Scouts of America on the executive board of the Utah National Parks Council. Commissioner Valentine and his wife, Karen, have six children and 12 grandchildren.