Jan 4, 2023 - Politics
Utah Sen. Karen Mayne to retire, citing health concerns
Sen. Karen Mayne (D-West Valley City) announced her retirement from the state Legislature Wednesday due to health concerns.
- Her last day will be Jan. 16 — a day before the 2023 legislative session begins, according to her resignation letter.
- "Since the election in November of 2022, my health has taken an unexpected turn, and the constituents of District 12 deserve full-time representation," she wrote.
Background: Mayne announced her cancer diagnosis a year ago and was not physically present for most of the legislative session.
- At the time, she served as the minority leader.
- Mayne was first elected to the Utah Senate in 2008, succeeding her husband, the late Sen. Ed Mayne, after his death in 2007.
What's next: Utah Democratic delegates in Senate District 12 will choose her successor in a special election, party spokesperson Ben Anderson told Axios.
What they're saying: "Sen. Mayne has been a strong force for bipartisan camaraderie, which has strengthened our state," Senate President Stuart Adams (R-Layton) said in a statement.
- "She's a fighter and we will keep her in our prayers during this difficult time," Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted.
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