John was elected State Auditor in 2012, and believes his Office should be a watchdog over government financial operations, statutory compliance, and performance management.


John puts his money where his mouth is. Known as “Frugal Dougall” and as the oldest of 11 kids, he learned early in life that waste not means want not. He has turned down the use of a government provided car, and has increased the workload off his office, all while expecting a smaller office budget for the next fiscal year.

John has a long history of challenging bloated government programs and questioning heavily-funded agencies that could be doing more with less. Prior to becoming State Auditor, John served 10 years as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, serving in various leadership positions, including ultimately as the House Vice Chair of the powerful Executive Appropriations Committee.

In addition to his political activities, John has a long career in the technology sector, working for large companies and small start-ups, in an array of management and technical positions.

He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University in 2000. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Brigham Young University.

He lives in Highland with his wife, Sandy. The couple has three children. In his spare time, he’s a voracious reader of history, economics, and fiction. He travels the state extensively, and can be often seen looking for a place to plug in his all-electric car.

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