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Utah's Top State House Republican Won't Run For Reelection

Judy Fahys/KUER News
House Speaker Greg Hughes presented a resolution last year to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument. He announced Wednesday he will not be running for reelection.

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes will not seek reelection at the end of the year. But he says he won’t be a lame duck, and expects his last session to be his best. 

Hughes says it was a difficult decision, but the leader of the State House of Representatives typically serves only two terms. The Draper Republican has served in the Utah House for 16 years-as speaker of the House for four. Hughes didn’t say what his future plans are, but hasn’t ruled out politics altogether. 

“I can’t imagine going into some closet and hiding myself," he says. "But what I don’t want to do is start measuring for drapes while I’m on the clock. I have a job to do. I serve as speaker. I am a member of the House of Representatives and I’m going to stay focused on that.”

 Hughes is viewed as a potential candidate for Utah governor in the 2020 election. He’s also indicated interest in getting a job in the Trump administration.

Over the past year he’s spearheaded efforts to tackle lawlessness in the Rio Grande neighborhood of Salt Lake City. And this session he’s pressing for legislation to create more affordable housing in the state.

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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