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Karen Mayne to serve as Senate minority leader

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Democrats in the Utah State Senate announced their newly-elected leadership team for 2019-20.

Senator Karen Mayne, D- District 5 will serve as Minority Leader

Senator Luz Escamilla, D-District 1 will serve as Minority Whip

Senator Jani Iwamoto, D-District 4 will serve as Assistant Minority Whip

Derek Kitchen, D-District 2 as Minority Caucus Manager

First appointed to the Senate in 2008, Mayne has served as minority whip for the past four years. Despite being in the minority party, she was one of the top producers in the 2017 legislative session. 

Senator-elect Kitchen becomes only the second freshman Senator in recent memory to be elected to Senate Leadership, a distinction previously held by Senator Escamilla. 

“We are looking forward to working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to do the work the people of this state have elected us to do. Utah faces many challenges, and we owe it to the citizens of this state to come together to find solutions that will ensure a secure and prosperous future for all Utahns,’ said Sen.Mayne in a statement Friday. 

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