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Meet Joe Jarvis, Utah Lieutenant Governor Candidate 2020

Dr. Joseph Quinn Jarvis is descended from Utah pioneers. He’s experienced a varied career as a physician, a public health officer, an academic, an author, a state legislative candidate, and a small business owner. Dr. Jarvis has long been an advocate for a better, simpler, cheaper health care system.  

Utah Roots

The Jarvis family’s history in Utah goes back to the very first Mormon Pioneers. Joe’s Jarvis ancestors were among the first pioneers to settle St. George. Other ancestors helped found Iron County. One of them, Jesse N. Smith, walked all the way from Parowan to Salt Lake to attend the territorial legislature. He’s also descended from entrepreneur Ada Quinn, one of the first women to run for Utah Governor, as well as State Senator Carl A. Badger. 


After earning an English degree from BYU in 1978, Joe studied medicine and public health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, earning his MD in 1982. Then, after completing his residency in Family Medicine, Joe went on to earn a Master’s in Public Health in 1986 with fellowship training in Public Health and Occupational/Environmental Medicine.  


Dr. Joe Jarvis began his medical career at a primary care practice in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City, followed by the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno. He also spent several years as a member of the faculty at the National Jewish Center in Denver, Colorado, where he specialized in caring for patients who suffered from environmental lung diseases, such as occupational asthma and black lung. In the public sector, Dr. Jarvis has served as a medical officer for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Washington, DC; the State Health Officer of Nevada; and the Director of Medical Affairs and Special Programs in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Throughout it all, Dr. Jarvis has authored a number of articles in peer-reviewed medical science journals. More recently, he’s authored two books: The Purple World: Healing the Harm in American Health Care (2018), and What the Single Eye Sees: Faith, Hope, Charity and the Pursuit of Discipleship (2019). And for the past 25 years, he’s offered consulting services on myriad environmental health topics to clients ranging from Guam to New York City.

Public Service

Dr. Joe Jarvis has been very active in his Salt Lake City community. Dr. Jarvis founded the Utah Health Policy Project, a non-profit source of non-partisan information about health issues. In 2006, he was the Republican nominee for Utah State Senate District 2, and 2008 he ran for Utah House District 24. He’s also served as a GOP precinct chair, legislative district chair, and on state and county central committees. From 2012 to 2017 he served as the bishop of his ward in Salt Lake City.

Health Care Activist and Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Dr. Joe Jarvis has long advocated for health system reform. Having experienced firsthand the problems in US health care, from primary and specialty care to public health regulations, he knows what needs to change. As Lieutenant Governor under Jan Garbett, Dr. Joe Jarvis will lead the Utah Health Department in the right direction.