Republicans have three Utah lawmakers to replace, here’s how that happens

Sep 19, 2023, 5:00 AM

The OLRGC released an analysis of the expected topics to be discussed during a special session of t...

The Utah State Capitol is shown on March 3, 2023, in Salt Lake City. (AP photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(AP photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Three Republican lawmakers have stepped down from the Utah legislature in the last month and replacing them now falls to Republican county and state parties. They submit a name to Gov. Spencer Cox after its delegates elect that new person. 

Quinn Kotter announced he’s resigning on Aug. 18, 2023, due to the demands of the job, Jake Anderegg announced a resignation due to a significant personal job change, and House Speaker Brad Wilson is expected to announce a Senate run next week.

Party delegates elect the replacement

Because Wilson and Kotter are House members, their seats are filled in a special election by Davis and Salt Lake County GOP delegates, respectively.

State law says that “when a vacancy occurs for any reason in the office of representative in the Legislature, the governor shall fill the vacancy by immediately appointing the person whose name was submitted by the party liaison of the same political party as the prior representative.”

For a senator, Anderegg’s replacement will be picked by state GOP delegates because his senate district spans more than one county.  

Utah law says that “the governor shall fill the vacancy until the next regular general election by immediately appointing the person whose name was submitted by the party liaison of the same political party as the prior senator.”

When are the party elections?

The following dates and locations have been decided on by the respective county, and state GOP leaders.

Wednesday, Oct 4th, 2023
Meet and Greet:  5:30 to 6:30 pm
Delegate Credentialing:  5:30 to 6:30 pm
Call to Order:  6:30 pm

Neil Armstrong Academy
5194 Highbury Pkwy, West Valley City, UT 84120

“State Senator Jake Anderegg has formally announced that he is resigning his senate seat on October 15th, 2023. The Utah Republican Party is holding a Special Caucus of State Delegates that live in Senate District 22, to elect a replacement senator to complete his term through 2024,” the Utah GOP website states. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Candidate Meet and Greet 5 p.m.

7 p.m. Election

Mountain Ridge Jr. High

5525 W 10400 N Highland, UT

  • Brad Wilson

The date of the election is not decided yet. Wilson just made his intention to step down known publicly on Monday. Utah’s GOP Chairman, Robert Axson told KSL NewsRadio that the election in Davis County will likely happen in late October or early November so the seat can be filled when Wilson resigns, Nov. 15.

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Salt Lake City's 2023 mayoral candidates, from left to right: community activist Michael Valentine,...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

What Salt Lake City’s mayoral candidates have to say about Great Salt Lake’s future

The three Salt Lake City candidates for Mayor discuss the issues surrounding the Great Salt Lake ahead of the November election.

19 hours ago

Republican presidential candidates former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and ...

Eric Bradner, Gregory Krieg, Steve Contorno, Daniel Strauss and Arit John

Takeaways from the second Republican presidential debate

Listen to the recap from the second Republican debate today at 9:05 on Dave & Dujanovic! (CNN) — The Republicans vying to become the top alternative to Donald Trump in 2024 opened their second debate Wednesday night with new attacks on the front-runner, but their efforts to separate themselves from the pack were marred by a chaotic environment, […]

23 hours ago

Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson is pictured speaking. House Speaker Brad Wilson has filed as a candi...

Larry D. Curtis

Brad Wilson will seek vacant Senate seat after Mitt Romney’s term ends

Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson announced Wednesday that he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

1 day ago

Image of former President Donald Trump walking to speak with reporters before departure from Hartsf...

Mark Jones

Breaking down President Trump’s decision to skip second GOP debate

Former President Donald Trump will skip next week's GOP presidential debate in California. Instead, he plans to visit Michigan and visit with workers there.

8 days ago

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) answers questions in his office after announcing he will not seek re-electi...

Simone Seikaly

Here’s what’s next after Sen. Mitt Romney announced no reelection run

Utah Democrats and Utah Republicans are settling in with the news that Sen. Mitt Romney will not be seeking another term.

14 days ago

Blurred images of information obtained by KSL NewsRadio by a government records request involving a...

Lindsay Aerts

Restructuring and reports of a rant: Changes at the Utah County Elections Office

One current two former staffers describe tensions among Utah County Elections staffers. The clerk says the issues are moot.

14 days ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Republicans have three Utah lawmakers to replace, here’s how that happens