SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Jon Stanard suddenly resigned from the Utah House on Tuesday, Speaker Greg Hughes said Wednesday.
"Last night Rep. Stanard unexpectedly resigned due to personal and family concerns. We will honor his request for privacy, and ask that others do the same. We wish Jon and his family the best at this time," Hughes, R-Draper, said in a statement.
Stanard told the Associated Press that his father has terminal cancer and he resigned to spend time with him out of state.7 comments on this story
Stanard, R-St. George, was elected to the House in 2012. He served on the House Business and Labor, Revenue and Taxation, and Rules committees. He also served on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
Hughes missed an Olympic exploratory meeting Wednesday morning, apparently dealing with Stanard's resignation. House Republicans also met in closed caucus before going on the floor.
The Washington County Republican Party will manage the process to replace Stanard. It wasn't immediately clear if that could be done before the 2018 legislative session ends March 8.