Thursday, March 06, 2008

Rep. Karen Morgan announces bid to run for Utah Senate District 8

Salt Lake City – Representative Karen Morgan announces her candidacy for the Utah State Senate District 8.

She was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 1998 and has served the citizens of District 46 for 10 years. During her five terms in office, she has championed key issues such as education, literacy, healthcare, economic development and transportation. She has been a strong advocate for children, women, the elderly and the disadvantaged.

In deciding to seek election to the Utah Senate, Morgan said, “It has been an honor to represent the citizens of District 46 for so many years, and I want to thank them for this privilege and for their strong support. I am excited about this new opportunity, and I look forward to a vigorous, positive campaign. I invite the people of District 8 to join me as we focus on key issues that are vital to Utah’s future.”

Representative Morgan serves on the following Committees: Education Appropriations, Economic Development, Workforce Services, Transportation, Retirement, Business/Labor Interim and Ethics.

She founded the University of Utah Reading Clinic through legislation in 1999. She also spearheaded the creation of Cottonwood Heights City. She helped with the formation of economic development incentives which have strengthened Utah’s economy through her work on the Tourism Task Force and the Motion Picture Task Force. She currently serves on the Governor’s Commission on Literacy, the Character and Civic Education Coalition and is National Chair of the Board of Directors of Women in Government, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC.

Representative Morgan is a homemaker and former high school teacher. She and her husband, Baird, have lived in the Cottonwood Heights Community for many years. They are the proud parents of five sons (one deceased), three daughters-in-law and the grandparents of one granddaughter.

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