Senate President Wayne Niederhauser will not seek re-election


More changes are coming for the Utah State Senate. Wednesday a fifth senator announced he would not be seeking re-election. 

Senate President Wayne L. Niederhauser said until very recently he had intended to run again, but at the end of the most recent legislative session he started questioning that decision.

“For the last few days I have carefully evaluated the pros and cons of seeking another term in office. The pros outnumbered the cons almost three to one. While on paper the decision seemed obvious, an inner voice said, ‘this is the very reason you shouldn’t run for office again.’ This message may seem confusing, but to me the meaning is clear: when you begin to think you are even a little indispensable, it is time to step away,” he said on Facebook.

He joins fellow Republicans Howard Stephenson, Kevin Van Tassell, and Pete Knudson in not seeking re-election. Democrat Jim Dabakis is also not running for another term.

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