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Former Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart Critically Ill

Brian Grimmett

Former House Speaker Becky Lockhart is critically ill with an unknown condition. 

Lockhart’s family sent an email to state lawmakers and legislative staff on Tuesday informing them of her illness and asking them to respect her privacy.

State Senator Curt Bramble is acting as spokesperson for the family. He told KUER, while he recognizes Lockhart is a well-known public figure the family wishes to keep the matter private. He didn’t say anything further about her condition.

Bramble says the statement Lockhart’s family sent lawmakers on Tuesday was not intended to be shared with the general public and was apparently leaked to reporters.

Lockhart recently ended her 16-year tenure in the Utah House of Representatives. She was the first woman in Utah history to become House Speaker, a position she held for the past four years. 

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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