Senator Karen Morgan announces retirement from public service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Emily Bingham Hollingshead
Communications Director, UtahSenate Democrats
Ph: 435-590-9961
emily.hollingshead@gmail.com

Senator Karen Morgan Will Not Seek Re-Election in November

Senator Karen Morgan, D-Cottonwood Heights, announced this morning that she will not seek re-election to Utah Senate District 8 this November.

It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the citizens of my community in the Utah Legislature for the past 14 years.  I will deeply miss working with them, my colleagues, staff, advocates and many friends on Capitol Hill. I would like to thank everyone, especially my dear husband and family, for their unwavering support during my years of service,” said Senator Morgan in a statement.

Karen Morgan was first elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 1998 where she served for ten years before being elected to the Utah Senate in 2008.

Reading Achievement, class size reduction and providing a top quality education for Utah’s students have been her highest priorities.   Through her legislation, she founded the University of  Utah Reading Clinic.  Senator Morgan has also worked to strengthen Utah’s economy through the creation of business incentives.  She has been a strong advocate for tourism and Utah’s ski and film industries. She has supported grants to enhance Utah’s Scenic Byways.  Senator Morgan has also passed significant pieces of legislation to improve the health care of Utah’s residents, including the creation of a task force to address the growing problem of Alzheimer’s disease and funding for cervical cancer screening.

In 2011, Senator Morgan created the “Utah Best Schools Coalition,” a group of legislators charged with creating a plan to put Utah schools on the path to becoming number one in the nation.  Through the coalition, several pieces of education reform legislation were sponsored and passed in the 2012 legislative session.

Senator Morgan will serve out the remainder of her term, which ends on December 31st of this year.

For more information or media requests, please contact Utah Senate Democrats Communications Director Emily Hollingshead @ 435-590-9961.

 

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