Former Utah House Speaker Resigns to Run for Congress

A few resignations are passing through the Utah Legislature this month. The reason? State law bars lawmakers from fundraising for public office during the legislative session, which is just around the corner.
by | December 20, 2011

A few resignations are passing through the Utah Legislature this month. The reason? State law bars lawmakers from fundraising for public office during the legislative session, which is just around the corner.

Just yesterday, former Republican House Speaker David Clark resigned from his post to run for Congress; although, he has yet to make an official announcement, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The article reports that Clark announced to a group of county Republicans last month that he planned on resigning in order to run for Congress.

"Any candidate who is looking at federal office will find it becomes extremely difficult to do both jobs," he recently told the Deseret News.

It’s also likely that the Utah House will lose GOP State Rep. Carl Wimmer, who has indicated a run for the new 4th Congressional seat, according to the Tribune.

And on the Senate side, first-timer Republican Dan Liljenquist recently resigned just weeks after accepting Governing’s Public Officials of the Year award for reforming Utah’s pension system. It's expected that he will challenge six-term U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch for his seat, but he won’t confirm that until January.

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