Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Representative Roz McGee-D, Salt Lake City to retire from the Utah Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY, February 27, 2008 - Rep. Roz McGee-D, Salt Lake City met with House Democratic Leadership today to advise them she will not file for re-election. Elected in 2002 McGee has served three two-year terms in the Utah House representing District 28 in Salt Lake City. She succeeded Republican Afton Bradshaw.

“Representing House District 28 here on Salt Lake City’s east bench has been a rare privilege because it is a neighborhood of folks heavily engaged in community and education leadership. The district’s common denominator is relationships with the University of Utah and the medical center.” said McGee.

“Roz has served in the House of Representatives extremely well for the past 6 years, but more importantly she has served her constituents in a singular way,” said Minority Leader Brad King. “We will miss her smile, her quick wit and especially her insight into the plight of the people whose voices are often not heard.”

During her legislative tenure she has served on the House Judiciary Standing Committee and the Revenue and Tax Standing Committee. Her committee assignments reflect her commitment to sustaining Utah’s respected judicial system and also to the critical need for a balanced and adequate tax policy.

Representative McGee has also been an advocate of for public education. “Utah’s greatest challenge is educating its children,” said McGee. “Unless the state gets serious about reduced class sizes and offering programs to reach the needs of each child, we will never achieve the competitive economic position Utah strives for.”

As a member of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee she has been an advocate for services to people with disabilities and other under served populations.

Roz McGee was raised in Chapel Hill, N.C., and has retained lifelong her distinctive southern accent. She and her husband have made Utah their home since 1982 when her husband accepted a position as Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the University Medical Center.

Prior to election to the Legislature McGee was Executive Director of Voices for Utah Children, a statewide child advocacy organization, from 1988 to 2001. In 2006 McGee carried House District 28 by a margin of 17%.

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