FIA 2016

Utah Lawmaker Will Lead Effort to “Free The Lands”

Hon. Ken Ivory

Hon. Ken Ivory

CHARLESTON, SC – Federalism In Action is pleased to announce that Utah State Representative Ken Ivory has joined the non-partisan public policy organization as the director of the “Free The Lands” project.

“We are excited to welcome Rep. Ken Ivory as our newest policy fellow,” said Federalism In Action CEO, J. Scott Moody. “For years, Ken has been a vocal, unwavering voice in favor of devolving federal power to states, localities, and the people themselves.”

In addition to his role as senior policy fellow, Ivory will lead Federalism In Action’s “Free The Lands” project, which advocates state and local stewardship of lands that are currently controlled by the federal government.

Ivory recently made headlines when Utah’s Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands voted to proceed with preparations to sue the federal government over the issue. In Utah, two-thirds of all land remains under the control of the federal government.

In the American West, the federal government controls more than 50% of all land – in contrast to a mere 5% east of the Rockies. Ivory is confident that Federalism In Action’s “Free The Lands” project will call further national attention to what he considers unequal, discriminatory treatment of western states.

“The national reach of Federalism In Action, particularly in non-Western states, will be a game-changer in our drive to Free The Lands,” Ivory said. “I am honored to join this great organization.”

Ken Ivory has represented the 47th district in Utah’s House of Representatives for the past five years. Additionally, he is a practicing attorney and mediator. (To read Ivory’s bio, click here.)

Federalism In Action, a 501c(3), is an energetic, results-oriented public policy organization – promoting American federalism, liberty, and fresh ideas aimed at limiting government. We seek to restore the proper balance between the federal government and the states – focusing on ways states can truly act as independent sovereigns and come up with local solutions. To learn more, visit

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