Ogden social worker Patricia Larson was sworn in Tuesday to replace Dionne Halverson as Democratic state representative for House District 10.
Gov. Norm Bangerter announced the appointment Monday afternoon after interviewing three candidates recommended by the Weber County Democratic Central Committee.Halverson, who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor shoplifting charge in December, resigned from the House on Feb. 1, when she learned members had secured enough votes to expel her. An expulsion vote conducted Jan. 26 failed, but the House on that day voted to censure Halverson for her conduct.
"I think it's going to be difficult to fill her shoes. I hope she does realize we do have concern for her," Larson said.
She said she plans to conduct some neighborhood meetings to talk to her new constituents about their concerns.
Larson has been active in Weber County Democratic Party activities for 20 years and is the former vice-chairwoman of the county party. She was formerly chairwoman of the Democratic Women's Association.
She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and works at the state Division of Youth Corrections' Ogden Observation and Assessment Center.
She is married to Robert Larson, a retired social worker, and the couple has six children and five grandchildren.