Salt Lake City

Council District 3

The Avenues, Capitol Hill, Federal Heights, Guadalupe, Marmalade

Council Member Bio

Chris Wharton, District 3

Council Member Wharton speaks at SLC Public Library systems' 120 year anniversary event

Council Member Wharton speaks at SLC Public Library systems’ 120-year anniversary event

Chris was elected in November of 2017 as the Council’s District Three representative and took his oath in 2018. In November 2021, Chris was reelected by residents to serve another four-year term. Chris has served as City Council Chair in 2020, Vice-Chair in his first year in office in 2018, and as Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Board of Directors Vice-Chair in 2019.

Chris is a dedicated community activist, attorney, and small business owner. As a sixth-generation resident of Salt Lake City, Chris has deep roots in District Three. He has shown his passion for progressive issues as a volunteer for various community organizations and causes.

Before being elected to the City Council, Chris served two terms on the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, where he helped establish the state’s first non-discrimination ordinances for housing and employment. Chris also served on the Utah Pride Center Board of Directors, where he led a nationwide coalition of organizations in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court calling for equal treatment of LGBTQ families under the law.

Chris graduated from Westminster College with a degree in history before obtaining his law degree from the University of Utah. He won his first jury trial representing the people of Salt Lake City as an intern at the City Prosecutor’s Office. After working as an associate attorney for two years, Chris opened his own small firm focusing on offering affordable legal services to clients who could otherwise not afford an attorney. Chris serves as a court-appointed advocate for children and has donated hundreds of hours of service through organizations like the ACLU of Utah, the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, Equality Utah, and the Utah State Bar.

In his spare time Chris enjoys independent films, gardening, history, art, Netflix, and food trucks. Chris lives in the Marmalade District with his husband, two dogs, and two cats.

District Three includes neighborhoods in the lower and upper Avenues, Capitol Hill, West Capitol Hill, the Marmalade District, Guadalupe and Federal Heights. This north-side district is home to the State Capitol building, City Creek Canyon, the City Cemetery, the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, several hospital sites and three historic preservation districts – the Avenues, Capitol Hill and South Temple.