Senator Urquhart Resigns from the Utah Senate

Stephen UrquhartSenator Steve Urquhart (R-St. George) resigned from the Utah State Senate Wednesday afternoon. He presented the following letter to Senate President Wayne Niederhauser.

I write to inform you that will I resign from the Senate effective September 9, 2016.


I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause the Senate. I wanted to–and anticipated that I would–finish my current term at the end of this year, but things are moving faster than I had anticipated with my post-legislative life. I will be working for the University of Utah as a global ambassador, looking to make the U’s international efforts bigger and better by bringing on corporate, government, and others to partner with the U and its students. As you can imagine, I am very excited to work to make the University and higher education better.


As part of this assignment, I will live in Salt Lake City. Currently, I am splitting time between St. George and Salt Lake (and various locations throughout the world). However, with remodeling nearing completion on a property I purchased in Salt Lake and my work at the U progressing nicely, I need to permanently move to Salt Lake City–meaning that I will live outside my district and, therefore, meaning that I will need to resign my Senate seat.


It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life to serve in the Utah Legislature and the Utah Senate. It is still just absolutely amazing and humbling to me that I have been able to do this. I love our State and the good people of Washington County. I hope and believe I leave the State a bit better than I found it when I entered the Legislature in 2001. The experience surely has left me a better person.


I want to thank you for your leadership and friendship. Mine was the privilege of working with many great leaders, and I place you at the top of that outstanding group. Whether you have personally agreed or disagreed with my position on issues, you always have respected and supported my desires to represent my constituents as I thought best and as I was uniquely charged to do as the Senator from District 29. You believe in the process, the Constitutions that direct us, and–I have always felt–you believe in me. That means a lot.


I will miss you, our colleagues, and the Senate. I will miss working daily for my constituents. But the work goes on. Please guide our beautiful Senate and the wonderful State of Utah. God bless them both!

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser commented, “Senator Urquhart exhibited exceptional talent and courage in his legislative career. I have admired his character and ability. His capacity as a legislator will be greatly missed, along with his distinct wit and candor.”

Senator Urquhart served in the Utah Legislature for 16 years, eight years in the House of Representatives and eight years in the Senate. He has been a pioneer of political community-building on social media. No currently serving elected official has engaged the public on political issues via social media longer than Senator Urquhart. During his time in the legislature he worked towards higher education reform, the Utah Compromise for LGBT and religious liberties, anti-discrimination, and abolishing the death penalty.