Bishop ‘leaning very heavily’ toward running for governor in 2020

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Rep. Rob Bishop said this week he was “leaning very heavily” toward a 2020 gubernatorial run in Utah.

Bishop told E&E News he is still not 100% decided but is strongly considering running.

“I want to have one more conversation with my wife,” Bishop said. “And it’s so schmaltzy, but I’m going to pray about it for a while,” the Mormon said. “Go to church on it.”


“There are some people that I actually think I would be less inclined [to run] if they were running and more inclined if they weren’t running,” Bishop said.

Bishop, who is not running for another term in Congress next year would join a crowded field. Already Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton and Provo businessman Jeff Burningham are running. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman, former House Speaker Greg Hughes, former Utah GOP Chair Thomas Wright and businessman Spence Eccles are also said to be considering campaigns.