Speaker Brad Wilson to resign from the Utah House of Representatives

Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson speaks during an interview Thursday in Farmington. Wilson is the first Republican to publicly announce he's considering vying for Mitt Romney's seat in next year's Senate race.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Speaker Brad Wilson announced his intent to resign from the Utah House of Representatives and step down as speaker of the House, effective Nov. 15.

Wilson was elected to represent House District 15 in 2011 and has served as speaker of the House since January 2019 after receiving a unanimous vote of approval. 

“Serving in the Utah House of Representatives and as speaker of the House has been the honor, privilege, and opportunity of a lifetime — and I don’t say that lightly,” said Wilson. “I did not anticipate the lifelong impact of my decision to run for public office nearly 14 years ago. My service in the Legislature stems far beyond the policies passed and progress achieved. I have built lifelong friendships and come to love and appreciate the people of Utah. I am excited for my next chapter and have full confidence in my peers in the House, Senate, and executive branch to continue making Utah the best place to live, learn, work, and play.”

Throughout his time in the Legislature, Wilson assumed a variety of roles and responsibilities aside from speaker of the House, including serving as House majority leader, House majority assistant whip, and vice chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee.

Wilson’s office said he championed policies to make Utah one of the strongest, best managed, and most business and family-friendly states in the nation. He led efforts to relocate the Utah State Prison, expand funding for state parks, public education, and transportation, preserve and restore the Great Salt Lake, bring long-term planning to the Legislature, and reduce taxes by over $1 billion, according to his office.

He will continue serving as speaker of the House until Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. 


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