About Us

Our Vision

Utah will remain a place of family, faith, and opportunity – raising a standard in the pursuit of happiness.

Our Mission

Protecting the cause of freedom, constructively influencing Utah’s decision makers, and promoting responsible citizenship.

Our Promise

We will remain true to our governing principles, back our work with honest and independent research, help decision makers to be better representatives of the people and responsible citizens to be more involved – and do so with candor and civility.

Our Governing Principles

To live as free people, Utah law, policy, and culture must cherish:

FAMILY | as the Fundamental Unit of Society
RELIGION | as the Moral Compass of Human Progress
CHARITY | as the Origin of a Caring Community
PRIVATE PROPERTY | as the Cornerstone of Economic Progress
FREE MARKETS | as the Engine of Economic Opportunity
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY | as the Basis of Self-Government
LIMITED GOVERNMENT | as a Reflection of Good Government

Sutherland Institute is a conservative public policy think tank committed to shaping Utah law and policy based on a core set of governing principles. We strive to make Utah an example of good government for the rest of the nation and a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

On September 26, 1994, the Sutherland Institute was incorporated. On May 22, 1995, the Institute was granted tax-exempt status and began formal operations.

In the years since, the Institute has established a presence in Utah politics and law. It is a force for good. And though the words have changed with time, the Institute’s Mission Statement has retained the same ideals as when Sutherland was founded by Gaylord Swim.

Sutherland’s objective has been, and forever will be, to influence public policy in Utah according to enduring principles such as private initiative, self-reliance, and family as the fundamental unit of society. The Institute seeks to influence law and society, and provide an effective vehicle for fellow Utahns to influence public policy as well.

Sutherland’s message is transcendent: RISE above politics as usual. STAND for something good. TRUST in family and community to solve problems. LOOK for lasting solutions, not simply zero-sum results. The Institute’s message is inclusive and pluralistic, meaning that Sutherland will find value in the differing opinions of others if value is to be found.

About Our Namesake: George Sutherland

Sutherland Institute is named in honor of George Sutherland, the only Utahn to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. A native of England, Sutherland moved with his family to Utah in 1863. A lawyer by profession, he served first as a U.S. representative from 1901 to 1903 and then as a U.S. senator from 1905 to 1917. Sutherland was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Warren G. Harding and served from 1922 to 1938, becoming known as the conservative leader of the “Four Horsemen” justices who struck down President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation. Sutherland and his wife, Rosamond Lee, had three children and were married for 59 years before he passed away in 1942 at the age of 80.