Speaker Brown: ‘likely not’
Rep. Mel Brown said this week he will "likely not" bid to become the speaker of the Utah House of Representatives.
Voters on Tuesday re-elected Brown, a Republican from Hoytsville, in the 53rd District of the House. The district stretches through Park City, the East Side of Summit County and parts of several outlying counties.
Brown was the speaker of the House for four years in the 1990s, when he represented a Salt Lake County district.
House Republicans on Tuesday are scheduled to elect their leaders.
He said bids for other leadership posts like the House majority leader are also possible if he does not seek the speakership, which is one of the most powerful positions in the state government.
"There’s a lot of interesting inside politics going on," Brown said, adding, "I’m not closing the door completely."
He said he has not lobbied for leadership votes from House Republicans.
David Ure, Brown’s Republican predecessor in District 53, was unsuccessful in his bid to become the speaker of the house early in the decade. Ure missed becoming speaker by a one-vote margin on a second ballot by the Republican representatives.
Meanwhile, Rep. Christine Johnson, a Democrat from Salt Lake City who represents the Snyderville Basin, said she is considering competing for the minority party’s assistant whip position. The legislator holding the assistant whip title rallies support for the party’s bills.
The Democratic representatives are scheduled to hold their leadership elections on Thursday.
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