After a long 45 days, another legislative session comes to a close. This year’s end is bittersweet for me – as I move on to new adventures, I think back over the past 8 years with gratitude for the many wonderful experiences I have had while serving in the Utah Legislature.
I must first extend a heart felt thank you to my family for their support. I also must thank the many individuals here at the legislature who spend countless hours researching legislation, writing bills, preparing the budget, and making sure everything goes smoothly. I am especially grateful to Janeen Halverson, our Minority Executive Assistant, and Emily Hollingshead, our Caucus Communications Director, who go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that our caucus is well taken care of.
Every year we are given the opportunity to work with incredibly bright interns who put their heart and soul into the work we do. I want to especially thank the Senate Democratic Interns: Nicholas Dunn, Candace Gibson, Samantha West, Marissa Moon, Joey Pitt, Adam Sachs, and Hannah Hansen. Their energy and commitment is contagious.
I am proud to have served with legendary Democrats like Karen Morgan, Pat Jones, Ben McAdams, Karen Mayne, Luz Robles, and Gene Davis. Your commitment to your constituents, Democratic values, and all Utah families inspires me and makes me proud to be a Utah Democrat.
I’d also like to thank our Republican colleagues for the collaborative way that the Utah Senate works. I respect and appreciate President Waddoups and his leadership team for always making sure that the process was fair and inclusive. I’d also like to wish President Waddoups well as he moves into retirement. He has served Utah for more than 25 years. I am honored to have known him, and thank him for his dedication, commitment, and service to the people in his district.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you – the many people who become engaged in government. Your desire to make Utah an even better place is why we serve. Thank you for your emails, letters, and visits to the Capitol. Your civic involvement is by far the most important part of the process.
And so, the session comes to a close. As I complete my final term in the Utah Senate, I am proud to have been a part of this work. I hope we will all continue to do our part. By participating in caucus meetings, volunteering for a political campaign, contacting your legislators or by joining us for interim days on the hill, your voice will be heard. Though I am leaving the Utah Senate, my years of service are not over. No matter what happens in the months ahead, I will always find a way to be involved in the work.
Thank you, again, for your support.
Yours in service,
Senator Ross Romero
Democratic Leader in the Utah Senate