Remembering Rebecca D. Lockhartby Representative Jason Chaffetz
Posted on 2015-01-20
CHAFFETZ asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. CHAFFETZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember and honor Rebecca
D. Lockhart, a proud Utahn and, in fact, the immediate past speaker of
the House of Representatives in Utah. Unfortunately, she passed away
just a few days ago at the young age of 46.
Speaker Lockhart was elected to the Utah House in 1998. She was trained as a registered nurse, and she first served on the Health and Human Services Committee but quickly threw herself into transportation issues, for which she was widely known.
After her fourth session, she was appointed to the house leadership as the vice chair of executive appropriations and stayed in leadership the remainder of her time.
In fact, in 2008, then-Representative Lockhart was elected as the assistant majority whip, and in 2010 she became the first female speaker of the Utah House in Utah history. Her tenure was epitomized by a more collaborative bottom-up approach that focused on having an open process where all members of the body could bring forward ideas for discussion.
Becky Lockhart and her husband, Stan, raised their three children in Provo, Utah. They have been stalwarts within the party, and her presence will be keenly missed. Her trailblazing legacy will live on.
May God bless Rebecca D. Lockhart and her family. We thank her for her service, and we will miss her greatly.