Daren was born in Provo, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated from the University Honors Program, cum laude in 1991.
Daren majored in political science and was nominated as a Truman Scholar Nominee, a Scholastic All-American, Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. While attending college, he was actively involved in a variety of intercollegiate organizations and community service activities. Daren received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Daren is married to RaeBeth Barney and is the father of one daughter and four sons. He enjoys being active in community service programs and has served on the Board of Trustees for Leadership Dixie, BYU Management Society, Southern Utah Bar Association, and as a Commissioner for the Ivins City Planning Commission.
From 2001 to 2009, Daren served as the Mayor of Ivins City, which is located approximately eight miles West of St. George and is home to the nationally-recognized Red Mountain Spa, Tuacahn School for the Performing Arts, Kayenta and Coyote Gulch.
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