Mar 18, 2024 - Politics

Utah Sen. Curt Bramble to retire at the end of the year

A portrait of state Sen. Curt Bramble.

Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Provo). Courtesy: Utah Senate

State Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Provo) on Monday announced plans to retire at the end of his term this year, closing his more than two decade career in the Utah Legislature.

Why it matters: Bramble, who became a state lawmaker in 2001, is currently the longest-serving senator at the Capitol.

What they're saying: "For 24 years, I've had the honor of representing Utahns and working together to solve the difficult challenges facing Utah," Bramble said in a statement.

  • "However, there is a time and a season for all things, and after careful consideration, it is now time for me to retire at the end of my term," the former Senate majority leader said.
  • Senate President Stuart Adams called Bramble an "icon and dedicated lawmaker."

State of play: The conservative lawmaker, who was known for being outspoken and at times brash, faced three GOP challengers in his reelection bid before deciding to retire.

  • Bramble authored legislation this year to make the calendars of elected and government officials exempt from Utah's public records law.

What's next: State Rep. Keven Stratton, former Senate Majority Whip Dan Hemmert and former state Rep. Brad Daw are running in the GOP primary for the reliably red seat.

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