Sen. Jake Anderegg to resign from Utah Legislature

Anderegg is the third Utah lawmaker to head for the exit this year.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, during a hearing on HB302, a controversial bill on transgender athletics, by the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Anderegg announced on Sept. 7, 2023 that he would be leaving the Utah Legislature.

After more than a decade in the Utah Legislature, Sen. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, is stepping down next month.

First elected to the Utah House in 2012, Anderegg cited a “significant change” in his employment as the reason he was stepping down.

“As Utahns, we rightfully pride ourselves on a part-time legislature, and it’s one of the reasons Utah is the best-managed state in the nation. But, with that comes the very real challenge of balancing public service with a professional career,” Anderegg wrote.

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Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said in a statement he was saddened by the news Anderegg was stepping down.

“His commitment to serving those he was elected to represent is palpable. He will be missed, and the Senate and Legislature will feel his absence,” Adams’ statement read.

Anderegg, who moved into the Utah Senate in 2017 following the resignation of former Sen. Mark Madsen, is the third member of the Legislature to step down in 2023.

In January, former Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne was forced to resign due to health reasons. Former Rep. Karen Kwan replaced her. Kwan left her House seat to shift to the Senate and was replaced by Democrat Brett Garner.

In August, freshman Republican Quinn Kotter announced he was leaving after just one session. The Salt Lake County Republican delegates will meet on Oct. 4 to pick a replacement.

Anderegg plans to resign on Oct. 15. State GOP delegates will meet to fill the vacancy for the remainder of Anderegg’s term later this year.