Orton, born and raised in North Ogden, has lived in Provo since 1972. Because of his tax-law practice, he has maintained residences in other states also, primarily Oregon and Hawaii.

Orton, 42, received bachelor of science and juris doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University.He worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 10 years before entering law practice. He also is a licensed real estate agent and title insurance agent.

He is chairman of the advisory board of the Real Estate Tax Institute in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, where he serves on tax policy subcommittees.

Orton instructs continuing education programs for attorneys and certified public accountants. More than 15,000 people have attended more than 200 of his courses in 45 cities throughout the United States. He has taught tax law at the BYU law school.

Orton is a trustee of the Great Western Trail Committee. Orton, who is single, is an avid sportsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, camping, and breaking and riding horses.