Utah’s Olympic bid committee snaps up new speaker of state House

The Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games has named new Utah Speaker of the House Mike Schultz as an honorary vice chair. He replaces outgoing Speaker Brad Wilson, who was named to the strategic board.

“Our legislative leadership has played a vital role in our success in delivering a strong plan for a future Games to the International Olympic Committee,” said Board Chair Catherine Raney Norman. “Brad’s leadership has been instrumental in helping us pass essential legislation needed to strengthen our bid. He has been a strong cheerleader every step of the way.”

Schultz, who had served as majority leader of the House, fills the honorary vice chair role reserved for speaker of the House, with the anticipation that Wilson would step aside from his speaker role on Nov. 15 to focus on his U.S. Senate campaign.

“Mike has also been very supportive as majority leader, and we look forward to continued collaboration with him on our journey to host a future Games,” said Raney Norman.

“The prospect of bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games back to Utah will be a catalyst for unity and opportunity to our state,” said Wilson. “I am grateful to remain engaged with the committee on its strategic board.”

Schultz, who has served in the Utah House of Representatives since 2015, was looking forward to his new role with the SLC-UT bid.

“Our state legislature has forged a strong partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic bid for the betterment of our state,” said Schultz. “Working in unison, we look forward to helping bring the Games back in 2030 or 2034.”

In addition to Schultz’ appointment, Sen. Mike McKell and Rep. Jon Hawkins were each named to the SLC-UT strategic board. Both had been champions of legislation essential to the presentation of the bid. The actions were taken by the SLC-UT governing board at its Oct. 18 meeting.

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