A sampling of Margaret’s legislative accomplishments and acknowledgments:

  • Senator Dayton is adamantly opposed to the type of federal intrusion embodied in No Child Left Behind and other acts hostile to local responsibility, and has been nationally recognized for her efforts.
  • Senator Dayton was recognized by Educators’ Mutual for her tireless efforts to eliminate the “sick tax,” an unconscionable tax levied on hospital patients.
  • She was honored by the Utah Hospital and Health Systems Association with their “Distinguished Public Service Award” for her successful crusade to eliminate the hospital tax.
  • Annually receives the “Friend of Taxpayer Award” from the Utah Taxpayers’ Association.
  • Repeated recipient of the “Defender of Free Enterprise” award from the Utah Manufacturers’ Association. Margaret is one of the few legislators so recognized each year. (UMA represents over 800 Utah manufacturing firms.)
  • Honored as “Champion of Property Rights and Free Enterprise Principles” by the Utah Association of Realtors.
  • Recognized by the National Federation of Independent Businesses for voting 100% in favor of small business and free enterprise. Annually receives NFIB’s “Guardian of Small Business” award.
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Utah’s System of Higher Education.