Before leading the Chamber Lane was a real estate professional for over 25 years. He was elected to the Utah State Senate in 1988. He became majority whip in 1991, majority leader in 1992 and in 1994 was elected senate president, a position he held until he left the Legislature in 2000. During his senate career, Lane proposed and implemented some of the most sweeping changes in the legislative process in several decades, including utilization of the Internet to increase citizen involvement and to make the legislative process significantly more efficient and transparent.
Lane played a crucial role in the success of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the largest international event in Utah’s history. In June 2000 he was named chief state Olympic officer by Gov. Mike Leavitt and played a prominent role in what was called by NBC President Dick Ebersol, “Far and away the most successful Olympics, summer or winter, in history.”
Lane has received many honors and accolades over the years, including an Honorary Doctorate from Utah Valley University in 2008. Lane is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Marriott Business School at Brigham Young University and a recipient of the 2007 Local Distinguished Service award from the American Public Transportation Association.
He sits on numerous boards and commissions, and is currently one of only two Chamber presidents in the country that sits on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He was named to the U.S. Chamber board of directors in June 2011.
Lane enjoys golf and skiing as well as raising quarter horses at his home in W. Bountiful. He is a Utah State Quarter Horse Team-Penning Champion.
Lane’s deepest devotion and love is for his wife Joy, their three children and nine grandchildren.