Ira A. Huggins, a former Democratic state senator who served on the Utah Board of Regents and once ran for governor, died Wednesday, April 17, 1991, at his home. He was 93.
Huggins, a Sanpete County native who moved to Ogden in 1925 to begin a law practice, was a state senator for 16 years, including two years as Senate president. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1960.He also served four-year terms on the old Weber State College board of trustees and its predecessor, the Weber College board of directors, and was the first Utahn to be made a life member of Kiwanis International.
Active in state and local politics, he served both as secretary and chairman of the Weber County Democratic Party prior to running for governor.
Huggins also led the commission that drafted the Ogden City Charter, was a member of the Interstate Corporate Commission and served on the Council of State Governments.
He served as president of both the Weber County Bar Association and the Utah State Bar Association. His law career spanned more than 50 years.
During the latter part of the Depression, Huggins sponsored legislation that prevented abolition of Utah's two-year junior colleges, including Weber, Dixie and Snow, and was considered instrumental in the early development and growth of Weber College.
In addition to serving nine years on the old governing councils of Weber State, Huggins was a member of the state Board of Regents for eight years.