Associated Press Archives
SALT LAKE CITY — House Minority Leader Jen Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, the first woman to hold the minority party's top leadership spot in the House, announced Thursday she won't seek re-election.
Seelig said she wants time to write her dissertation for a doctorate in political science at the University of Utah about the ability of community-based organizations to empower women.
"I took on this role in part to show women of all backgrounds that political involvement is vital to support our communities," she said. "Women need not only to be engaged, but to lead, and every single one of us has that power within."
Seelig served alongside House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, also the first woman in that role. Lockhart, seen as a potential candidate for governor in 2016, announced some time ago she was not running again for the Legislature.
"I think that's pretty remarkable," Seelig said, adding it is "unfortunate" it took until 2013 for two women to hold those posts. "I aspire to a time when it is not unusual, when it is just par for the course."
Seelig's term representing District 23 does not end until the beginning of January. She was first elected in 2006.
Email: email@example.com, Twitter: DNewsPolitics
- Mystery man who rescued driver from cliff in...
- Cheerleading coach who worked as youth...
- BYU ranked 'best value college' in Utah
- Second student sues district over teacher's...
- Osmond to run 250 miles to help kids get...
- Slain Brigham City mom remembered as loving,...
- Clearfield man intentionally punched woman...
- The startling projections of a quake in Salt...
- LDS Church, other religions urge... 102
- Married lesbian couple sues Utah to be... 65
- End of an era: Mercury rule shutters... 57
- Poll: Strong approval ratings for Gov.... 27
- Sen. Hatch's 'I-Squared' bill could... 26
- BYU ranked 'best value college' in Utah 22
- Herbert to meet with Obama... 21
- April snow shocks Utahns but does... 20