New generation taking over Utah politics . . . good luck!

With the retirement of Gov. Gary Herbert and Congressman Rob Bishop early next year, Utah’s top political leadership is poised to become much younger. The Baby Boom generation of political leadership is slowly fading away, and young leaders are stepping up.

Perhaps it’s about time. Baby Boomers have dominated the political stage for many years. It’s time for the old codgers (like me) to give some younger folks a chance.

This Utah youth movement is in contrast to the U.S. presidency, where our next president will be well into his 70s. Democratic nominee Joe Biden is definitely showing his 77 years of wear and tear on this earth. Pres. Trump, at 74, is more spritely, but he eats a lot of fast food.

Herbert, age 73, is likely to be replaced by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, age 45. Bishop, age 69, is likely to be replaced by Blake Moore, a mere pup at age 40.

Sen. Mitt Romney, age 73, and Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, 65, are the only older baby boomers left among Utah’s top elected political leadership. Congressmen Christ Stewart and John Curtis, both 60, are technically baby boomers, but are among the youngest of the post-WWII generation.

Congressman Ben McAdams is 45. Sen. Mike Lee is 49. Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson is 54. And Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall is a young ‘un at 40. I couldn’t find the age of House Speaker Brad Wilson. But a family picture showed he has children as tall as he is (but he’s kinda short).

So welcome, younger generation. We hope you take the state to new heights. Sorry we old duffers didn’t leave things in better shape. All you have to do is deal with a nasty global pandemic, an economic crisis, an angry and divided electorate, a dysfunctional Congress, homelessness, dramatic economic disparities, poor air quality, a so-so education system, a severe housing shortage, and serious economic challenges in rural Utah.

Good luck. I think I’ll go fishing.