NIELSON, HOWARD CURTIS
Nielson also involved himself in public service by participating in the political process. He was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 1967. He served there until 1974, including a term as speaker from 1973 to 1974. A conservative, he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1974. He believed that government spending was the cause of inflation. Nielson worked as Associate Commissioner of Higher Education from 1976 to 1978 and served as a delegate to the Utah Republican party state conventions from 1960 to 1982. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the newly created Third Congressional District in 1982 and served four terms until 1990. He then retired from public office to devote more time to his family and church. He married Julia Adams on 12 June 1948 and they have seven children.