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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Gov. Gary Herbert shakes hands with House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo after speaking in the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 14, 2014. Lockhart, the first woman to serve as Utah House speaker, died at her home Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, from an unrecoverable and extremely rare neurodegenerative brain disease. She was 46.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah: “Becky was a true trailblazer in serving as Utah’s first female speaker of the House, where she was widely admired for her legislative and leadership skills, and stood as an example to rising generations of Utah women. She was a dedicated public servant and passionate advocate for many causes, always rising to meet our state’s challenges with strength and wisdom.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah: "Speaker Becky Lockhart, the Iron Lady of Utah, will indeed be heralded for her satin-and-steel leadership in the House of Representatives. She will indeed be remembered for all that she did, but more significantly, she will hold a special place in countless hearts because of who she was."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah: "The devastating passing of speaker, leader, trailblazer and friend Becky Lockhart weighs heavily upon all of us in the Chaffetz office. Working with Utah's first female speaker of the House was a great privilege for each of us. Her story of strong leadership, decisiveness and firm devotion to principle will long be remembered."

State Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake: "Speaker Lockhart was an incredibly talented, bright and dedicated legislator. She was a powerful voice for the citizens of Utah, and she will be sorely missed. All of us feel it was a pleasure to have worked with her."

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams: "Becky Lockhart and I became friends during our service together in the Legislature. Sometimes we disagreed, but we could always go to dinner and explore ways to find agreement or just enjoy our friendship. I admired her talent and her energy, and appreciated how much time and effort she gave to representing the citizens of Utah."

Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland: "The state of Utah has lost one of its great leaders and public servants in the prime of her life. We, as a university, have lost one of our staunchest champions. I, like so many, have lost a dear friend. Most importantly, the Lockhart family has lost a remarkable mother and spouse, and my thoughts and prayers remain with Stan and the entire Lockhart family."

Utah League of Women Voters: "Becky Lockhart will remain a shining example to women entering politics in Utah and left huge unfulfilled potential. We hope many will follow in her impressive footsteps in the future."

Utah State Board of Education: "During her time in office, Becky was a friend to many on the Board of Education who valued her passion and dedication. We appreciate the sacrifices made by Becky and her family. She has left a legacy of civic service in Utah. This is a significant loss to our community."

— Lisa Riley Roche