Senate Majority Leader Vickers keeps role; Utah Legislature picks leadership

Utah’s Republican and Democratic parties have named their new leadership teams for the 2023 legislative session after Tuesday’s midterm elections, and southern Utah’s Sen. Evan Vickers was picked to keep his spot as Senate Majority Leader.

Vickers, from Cedar City, and the rest of the Senate majority leadership kept their spots after the election, with Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, named again as Senate President. Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden, was named majority whip and Sen. Kirk Cullimore, Sandy, was named assistant whip.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected by our colleagues to the Senate majority leadership team once again,” the Senate leadership team said in a joint statement released on Thursday. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with legislators in the Senate and the House, as well as the governor, to find solutions to issues that will strengthen our state and help Utahns reach greater personal and economic success.”

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In the House, Republicans again picked Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, to stay on as House Speaker.

New Utah Senate Minority Leader Luz Escamilla, center, is flanked by Senator-elect Stephanie Pitcher, left, the new assistant whip, and Senator-elect Jennifer Plumb, the new minority caucus manager.  Sen. Karen Mayne, shown on-screen in the background, was named the new minority whip.

House Majority Leader Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, kept his position, as did House Majority Whip Jefferson Moss, R-Saratoga Springs. Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, was named majority assistant whip.

Utah Senate Democrats announced an all-female leadership team, with Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, named Senate minority leader, while Sen. Karen Mayne, D-Salt Lake City, becomes minority whip.

Senator-elect Jennifer Plumb, D-Salt Lake City, was named the new assistant majority whip, and Senator-elect Stephanie Pitcher, D-Salt Lake City, was named minority caucus manager.

“We are eager to come together and begin the important work ahead as a new leadership team to support our constituents and the state of Utah,” the minority leadership team said in a joint statement. “The role of the Senate Minority Caucus is to not only advance meaningful policy solutions in the face of our state’s pressing issues, but it is also our responsibility to elevate the voices of those who are often sidelined or underrepresented.”

House Democrats were scheduled to announce their new leaders after Nov. 22, waiting for election results to be officially certified.

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David DeMille writes about southwestern Utah for The Spectrum & Daily News, a USA TODAY Network newsroom based in St. George. Follow him at @SpectrumDeMille or contact him at [email protected] To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today.

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