SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Rep. Adam Robertson, R-Provo, announced he will be resigning from the Utah Legislature just weeks after winning re-election.
Robertson will officially step down on January 1, 2023, ending his five-year legislative work at Capitol Hill. The reason behind his resignation is the growing demands for his work at Fortem Technologies, an airspace awareness company based in Pleasant Grove. He co-founded the company and now works as the chief technology officer.
“In light of all that is happening in the world now, I find a unique opportunity to deliver on the emerging airspace security needs of our country and the needs of our freedom-loving allies around the world,” Robertson writes in a statement. “Cutting-edge innovation in drone technology is key to our nation’s defense, and it is an honor to play a part in protecting the freedoms we hold so dear.”
The lawmaker ran and won in the general election last November to represent District 60, which includes central Orem, at the Utah House of Representatives in the next legislative session. He currently represents District 63, which comprises the northeast part of Provo.
“I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve the people of Provo for the last five years, and for the trust the people have had in my service,” Robertson said.
The Utah County Republican Party said it has received Robertson’s resignation and would release details of a special election in the near future.
Speaker Brad Wilson acknowledged Robertson’s resignation on Twitter and expressed his appreciation for the contribution he has made to the Legislature.
“Rep. Robertson has been a valued member of our body and given a unique perspective, especially with his vast expertise technology sector,” Wilson wrote. “I know he will continue to contribute great things to the state of Utah and to our country as he focuses more fully on his career and company.”