Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
FILE - Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes has appointed Rep. Brad Last, R-Hurricane, to serve as the chairman of the House Executive Appropriations Committee and Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, to serve as vice chairman, effective immediately.

SALT LAKE CITY — With the resignation of Rep. Dean Sanpei, R-Provo, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes has appointed Rep. Brad Last, R-Hurricane, to serve as the chairman of the House Executive Appropriations Committee and Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, to serve as vice chairman, effective immediately.

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“While we will greatly miss Rep. Sanpei, Rep. Last is ready, willing and able to lead our executive appropriations committee, and I’m excited to work closely with him in this new position,” Hughes said in a statement.

“Rep. Schultz has proven to be a natural leader with a strong understanding of the legislative process and will be a great addition to our leadership team. I'm confident that both representatives will serve the House well and I look forward to working with them in their new respective roles.”

Sanpei resigned to take a job out of state.