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Utah’s Longest-Serving Female Lawmaker To Step Down

Julia Ritchey / KUER
Sen. Margaret Dayton at a Republican convention in June 2017.

Utah state Sen. Margaret Dayton is resigning from the Legislature.

Dayton announced Thursday she’ll step down June 1 for unspecified medical reasons. After 22 years, the Orem Republican is the longest-serving female lawmaker in state history. She’s also one of the most conservative members of the legislature.

“While tearful about leaving the legislature, I will forever be thankful for the support of my amazing husband and family, and my loyal friends and constituents,” Dayton said in a statement.

She joins a growing list of lawmakers leaving the statehouse. Nearly a quarter of incumbents are retiring or pursuing other offices this year.

Dayton’s departure means the race for her Utah County senate seat will become much more competitive. There are four candidates left in the race.  

Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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