About the District
Spanning across the Rocky Mountains of Utah, the First Congressional District is home to vibrant cities and towns such as Ogden, Logan, Park City, Vernal, Brigham City, and parts of Davis County. Our residents are explorers and entrepreneurs, with strong ethnic and religious communities, including Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Indigenous Peoples, Chinese, Japanese, and Danish heritage groups.
The First District is known for high peaks and world-class winter recreation. The 2002 Winter Olympics held events throughout the district, including downhill skiing, giant slalom, curling, alpine skiing, snowboarding, bobsled, luge, and ski jumping.
The High Uinta mountain range tops out at over 13,500 feet and includes over 500 mountain lakes where many families spend time fishing, hunting, and recreating during the summer months. During winter, snowmobiles provide access to thousands of acres of stunning mountain scenery, and a sturdy set of cross-country skis enable solitude among the high mountain pine, spruce, and fir trees.
The local economy is also one of the most diverse in the country. World-class tech and biopharmaceutical companies benefit from the district’s research universities and contribute to the state’s cutting-edge innovations. Agriculture and food production have a deep history in the northern counties of the district. Defense and manufacturing facilities support the urban core, and oil and gas development are prevalent across the Uinta Basin to the eastern reaches of the state.
Hill Air Force Base also has a tremendous impact in Northern Utah. Boasting the country’s largest Air Force civilian workforce, Hill was the first base to field operational F-16 and F-35 jets. Stand outside for little more than ten minutes and you are likely to hear the sound of cutting-edge jets flying overhead.
Indigenous peoples have a strong presence and cultural legacy in the First District. The Ute Indian Tribe operates their own tribal government and oversees approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land throughout eastern parts of the district and state.
Utah’s First Congressional District has a rich and deep history. From the driving of the Golden Spike that rushed America into the industrial age, to snow-capped peaks that challenged the pioneers who settled in the valleys below, Northern Utah is one of the best places in America to live, work, and play.