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FILE - Rep. Dean Sanpei, R-Provo, speaks as the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee discusses impacts of exempting Utah from daylight saving time in Salt Lake City, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. In the background is Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake. Sanpei will resign from the Utah House on Dec. 8 to take a job out of state.

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Dean Sanpei, R-Provo, will resign from the Utah House on Dec. 8 to take a job out of state.

Sanpei's new position as senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Centura Health requires him to move Colorado. He currently works as vice president of strategy for Intermountain Healthcare.

House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said Sanpei, House chairman of the Executive Appropriations Committee, will be hard to replace.

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"Utah's national recognition for being a well-managed state and economically strong are in large part due to his efforts," Hughes said.

Sanpei, who oversaw complex budget, tax and health care issues, said it was an honor to serve during a period of economic recovery and growth in the state.

"I am proud to have worked with remarkable colleagues, and I'm grateful to the constituents who entrusted me to represent them," he said.

Sanpei was appointed to the House in June 2010 to fill the remaining term of Rep. Stephen Clark, R-Provo, and was elected that November.