Former State Senator and
Candidate for United States Senate
UT District 2
Meet Dr. Jarvis
A little background
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, and a small business owner. Though he’d been active in Republican politics for years, he left the GOP in 2016, when it nominated a presidential candidate who Joe found incompatible with his Utah values. Dr. Jarvis has long been an advocate for a better, simpler, cheaper health care system based on single-payer reform.
Roots in Congressional District
My family’s history in Utah goes back to the very first Mormon Pioneers. My Jarvis ancestors were among the first pioneers to settle St. George. My Smith 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. On my mother’s side, I’m descended from entrepreneur Ada Quinn, one of the first women to run for Utah Governor. I’m also descended from State Senator Carl A. Badger.
My father was a successful lawyer, and my mother raised a Utah-sized family of five children. My wife, Annette, is a nationally renowned business bankruptcy attorney. We’ve made Salt Lake City our home since 1997. We’ve carried on the Utah tradition of raising a large family, and we cherish our five children and seven grandchildren.
Lifetime of Service and helping others
I began my 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. I also spent several years as a member of the faculty at the National Jewish Center in Denver, Colorado, where I specialized in caring for patients from all over the United States who suffered from environmental lung diseases, such as occupational asthma and black lung.
I’ve also spent time in the public sector. First, I served as a medical officer for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Washington, DC. I later became the State Health Officer for the State of Nevada, and finally, I served as the Director of Medical Affairs and Special Programs in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Throughout it all, I’ve spent time in academia. I’ve served on the faculties of medical schools in Utah, Nevada, and Colorado, where I authored a number of articles published in peer-reviewed medical science journals.
Finally, I’ve tried my hand at starting my own businesses. For the past 25 years, I’ve offered consulting services in environmental health, including problems with indoor air quality, cancer clusters, and neighborhood contamination with heavy metals and radioactive substances. My clients have ranged geographically from Guam to New York City. Most recently, I founded the travel business Mo Joe Travel, where I am the lead traveler and tour leader for tours of Europe and Israel tailored to an LDS perspective.
Training from Utah
After earning an English degree from BYU in 1978, I studied medicine and public health at the University of Utah School of Medicine. I earned my MD in 1982. After completing my residency in Family Medicine, I went on to earn my Master’s in Public Health in 1986 with fellowship training in Public Health and Occupational/Environmental Medicine.
Active in the Community
Since returning to Salt Lake City, Annette and I have been active in the community. I founded the Utah Health Policy Project, a non-profit source of non-partisan information about health issues. In 2006, I was the Republican nominee for Utah State Senate District 2, and 2008 I ran for Utah House District 24. During that time, I served as a precinct chair, legislative district chair, and on state and county central committees. And from 2012 to 2017 I had the blessing of serving as the bishop of my ward in Salt Lake City.
Along the way, I’ve made the time to author 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).
Health Care Activist and Candidate for Congress
I want to change congress
I’ve long had an interest in the politics of health system reform. Having experienced firsthand the problems in US health care, from primary and specialty care to public health Federal health regulations, I know what we need to change. That’s why I’ve spent the last three decades advocating for better, simpler, cheaper care for American patients and advising candidates on how to get it done in a politically practical way.
Then, last year, I watched in shock as the Trump administration tore families apart at our southern border. That cruelty is not who we are or what America stands for. And I realized I could no longer sit on the advisory sidelines. After prayerfully counselling with my family, I decided that the best way I could serve my fellow Utahns was to run for Congress.
Please join me in my campaign for the US House of Representatives as the United Utah Party candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District!