In addition to being a successful businessman and attorney, Dan McCay is a dad who is passionate about creating a better world for his children. Throughout his life, Dan has been fortunate to learn important lessons from the less fortunate.
His mom Cornelia raised three sons until Dan was a teenager. She worked multiple jobs and sacrificed to provide for her children. Dan was later adopted by his Dad, Frank. From his mom and dad, Dan quickly learned the value of hard work and sacrifice. Later, on the streets of Calcutta and in the orphanages of Mother Theresa, Dan developed a life-changing sense of humanity during his service as an LDS missionary in India. It was there that he first recognized the value of a world-class education and gained a deep appreciation for the liberty and freedom we enjoy in America.
Having seen firsthand the critical role of education in reducing poverty, Dan pursued Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education from Utah State University as well as a law degree in Oregon. Through his study of education, Dan has developed an even greater respect for those who choose to teach. More importantly, he came to understand the shortfalls of the current system and the limitations of relying on the teacher’s union to support and drive positive change.
In 2002, Dan’s concerns about his children’s future and the country’s lack of fiscal discipline led him to get involved as a volunteer with FreedomWorks, a national organization committed to less government, lower taxes, and more freedom. He has continued that work for nearly a decade. In 2004, Dan worked with FreedomWorks (then Citizens for Sound Economy) to overturn an $800,000,000 tax increase by the Oregon Legislature (link). In 2010 Dan was appointed as the volunteer State Director for FreedomWorks in Utah. Dan resigned when he decided to run for the Utah State House of Representatives.
Dan is employed by real estate investment company Property Reserve Inc., where his responsibilities have included collaborating with local elected officials on major land holdings in Herriman and Riverton. He played a key role in the construction of the Mountain View Corridor and improvements at 13400 South. Through his work with private industry and local government, he has seen firsthand how successful economic development works. Small business fuels real economic growth and Dan will pursue policies that reduce burdens on small business and give local governments more control. Dan’s leadership in this area will bring growth to the Southwest part of Salt Lake County.
As a member of the Utah legislature, Dan plans to champion initiatives that promote economic growth and development, incentivize education innovation, and reduce uncontrolled entitlement expenses.
Dan and his wife Tawnee live in Riverton and are the parents of six children.