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Holly Richardson sworn in to House of Representatives

Published: Monday, Jan. 31 2011 12:34 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Holly Richardson was sworn in as a House representative Monday by House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo.

Richardson, a Republican and active political blogger from Pleasant Grove, brought her husband, Greg, and 19 of her 24 children, all dressed in coordinating black and pink outfits, to the ceremony Monday.

Richardson takes over the District 57 seat that was left vacant after it was discovered that former Rep. Craig Frank, R-Cedar Hills, lived outside the district's boundaries. Frank made the discovery himself after he was elected to a fourth-term. He entered his address into a new House website, based on the official state map, and saw another lawmaker's name appear as his representative.

GOP delegates in the district elected Richardson among six candidates on Saturday, the day after a 4th District judge wouldn't rule in a lawsuit brought by Frank supporters who wanted to participate in the election or postpone it.

The boundary mixup between county and state election maps not only misled Frank. Some 2,500 Cedar Hills residents had been voting for the wrong state Senate and congressional candidates for 10 years.

Amanda Verzello

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