Rep. Frank Johnson, R-Salt Lake, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has resigned from his seat representing the Olympus Cove and East Mill Creek areas because he moved out of the district.

Johnson had not filed to seek re-election this year - so he would have been out of office by the next general session anyway.But his resignation could allow Bangerter to appoint the Republican nominee for the vacant seat, Ronald J. Ockey, to serve in any special sessions and the monthly interim meetings. It would also allow Ockey to campaign as an incumbent.

Johnson was elected to the House in 1982, and was finishing his third term. He is a college professor and an owner of several self-storage businesses. He is also past president and owner of Stevens-Henager College.