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Sen. Mitt Romney

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In spite of deep political division in Congress and across the country, Utah’s freshman Sen. Mitt Romney has been pleasantly surprised by how “collegial” his fellow senators are.

Mitt Romney at microphone in KUER studios.
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Sen. Mitt Romney voted resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, joining Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who also broke with the president.

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Addressing Utah lawmakers at the State Capitol Thursday, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah broke ranks with mainstream Republicans when he offered full-throated support for tackling climate change.

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Utah’s members of Congress struck an optimistic tone following President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Trump “hit it just right,” said Republican Rep. Chris Stewart.

Emphasizing themes in the president’s speech such as infrastructure and lowering health care costs, both Republicans and Utah’s sole Democrat, Rep. Ben McAdams, seemed hopeful bipartisan solutions might emerge.

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Amid a government shutdown and criticism from fellow Republicans for his op-ed expressing disappointment in President Trump, Mitt Romney took the oath of office and became Utah’s newest Senator on Thursday.

In a short interview with KUER before being sworn in, Romney discussed his priorities as Utah’s freshman senator, his thoughts about the partial shutdown and reaction from President Trump to his opinion piece.