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State Rep. Derek Brown resigning to join Sen. Mike Lee's staff

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12 2013 2:53 p.m. MST

Rep. Derek Brown, R-Cottonwood Heights, seen here speaking at a public meeting at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, is resigning his seat in the Utah Legislature to serve as Sen. Mike Lee's deputy chief of staff and state director.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Derek Brown, R-Cottonwood Heights, is resigning his seat in the Utah Legislature to serve as Sen. Mike Lee's deputy chief of staff and state director.

Brown is expected to step down as a state lawmaker Jan. 2 and start his new job the next day. Lee's chief of staff, Boyd Matheson, had been filing the state director duties for the past year.

Lee, R-Utah, said he has known Brown since helping to recruit him for a Washington, D.C., law firm 11 years ago. Brown has also served as legal counsel to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and former Sen. Bob Bennett.

"I am thrilled to have Derek Brown on board," Lee said. "Derek is a great talent and understands the legislative process, as well as critical functions of a senate office."

Brown, first elected a state representative in 2010, said while it was a difficult decision to leave the Legislature, "joining Sen. Lee and his team at this time with this agenda is an amazing opportunity."

GOP delegates in District 49 will choose a replacement for Brown, likely before the 2014 Legislature begins meeting in late January.

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