5044 West Bannock Circle
West Valley City, Utah 84120

Hello, I’m Karen

I am a life-long resident of the Westside of Salt Lake Valley. I was married to the late Senator Ed Mayne. Upon his death in 2007 I was appointed to his senate seat and re-elected in 2008 and 2010. I’ve served as Assistant Minority Whip and currently serve as the Senate Minority Whip.

I’ve been active in PTA, local baseball and football organizations, and numerous political and community activities. I’m the proud mother of two children, Paul (Jana) and Jamie (Trevor), and a grandmother of six beautiful grandchildren.

Experience and Education

  • Granite School District Para-educator (retired, 20 years of service)
  • Graduate of Chamber West Leadership Center
  • Henager’s Business College

Special Committees, Commissions, and Task Forces

  • Commission on Federalism
  • Free Market Protection and Privatization
  • Judicial Conduct Commission
  • Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee
  • Online Court Assistance Program Policy Board
  • Veterans Reintegration Task Force

Service on the following committees

2014 Appropriations Committees:

  • Executive Appropriations Committee
  • Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee

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2014 Standing Committees:

  • Senate Business and Labor Committee
  • Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
  • Senate Ethics Committee
  • Senate Retirement & Independent Entities Committee
  • Senate Rules Committee
  • Senate Transportation & Public Utilities & Technology Committee

2013-2014 Interim Committees:

  • Business and Labor Interim Committee
  • Political Subdivisions Interim Committee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Interim Committee
  • Transportation Interim Committee
  • Legislative Management Committee
  • Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee
  • Rural Development Legislative Liaison Committee
  • Business and Labor Confirmation Committee
  • Government Operations Confirmation Committee
  • Judicial Confirmation Committee
  • Judiciary Confirmation Committee
  • Retirement and Independent Entities Confirmation Committee
  • Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Confirmation Committee
  • Subcommittee on Oversight


  • Democratic Women’s Club, Member and Past President
  • Former UTA Board of Directors
  • Kearns Recreation Center, Board Member
  • Habitat for Humanity, Ex-Board Member
  • IHC Homecare and Hospice, Ex-Board Member
  • Legacy of Learning – Workers’ Compensation Fund, Member
  • Rocky Mountain Occupational Health Center, Ex-Board Member
  • SLCC Advisory Board, Member
  • Supporter of Women in the Trades – Promoting Non-Traditional Occupations for Women
  • United Way Policy Board, Member
  • Western Coalition of Westside Leaders
  • Women In Government, State Director
  • Workers Compensation Advisory Council

Honors and Awards

  • 2001 Para-educator of the Year, American Federation of Teachers
  • 2005 Lucy Beth Rampton Award for Community Service (Democratic Women)
  • 2008 “Service to Community” Award, Taylorsville City
  • 2009 Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Utah State Democratic Party
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year Award, Salt Lake Community College
  • 2009 Utah School Nurse Association Appreciation Award
  • 2010 “Hero on the Hill,” Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities
  • 2011 Support for Lifelong Education – Granite Peaks School District
  • 2012 Firefighters’ Legislator of the Year
  • 2012 Department of Defense – Improving the Quality of Life of Service Members and their Families in Utah
  • 2013 Workers Compensation Fund President’s Award
  • 2013 Sunshine Award (given for protection of free speech and open government)
  • 2013 Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Business Champion of 2013
  • 2013 Award of Excellence in Workplace Safety and Health, presented by the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Utah School of Medicine. In recognition of the contributions made to improving the safety and health of all Utah workers.