Harper earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Science from Brigham Young University.
Harper served in the Utah House of Representatives from January 1, 1997 until December 31, 2012 in the District 43 seat. Harper is a Certified Archivist, Certified Real Estate Consultant, and Certified Real Estate Developer. He works as a Business and Economic Development Consultant, and for Taylorsville City.
In his professional career, Harper has been affiliated with the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, the International Economic Development Council, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Harper started his political career as a West Jordan City Councilman. He has also served as the President of the Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board and on the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, Utah State Capitol Preservation Board, and Utah Alliance for Economic Development.
Harper served in the House of Representatives from 1997–2012, and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2012. During the 2014 Legislative Session, Harper served on the following committees:
Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee
Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee (Senate Chair)
Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee
Senate Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology Committee.
Member of Academy Certified Archivists, Association Recreation Manager & Administrator, Conference Inter-Mountain Archivists, America Economic Development Council, Utah Economic Development Alliance.
Married KaLee Harper.