Senate President J. Stuart Adams and Speaker of the House Brad Wilson announce their appointments for the 2021 Utah Independent Redistricting Commission.
The appointments fit the statutory requirements of the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission and are as follows:
President J. Stuart Adams appointment: Lyle Hillyard
Speaker Brad Wilson appointment: Rob Bishop
President Adams and Speaker Wilson joint appointment: N. Jeffrey Baker
“I appreciate everyone who applied to be part of the redistricting process and those who accepted an appointment to serve on the committee,” said President Adams. “Utah is growing as families continue to move to our great state, and the new district lines will reflect the changes that have occurred in the last 10 years. Redistricting is a complex process, and I believe the commission’s recommendation will help bring about the best outcomes for Utahns. I look forward to reviewing their proposal.”
“Redistricting is a once in a decade process and an integral part of our representative democracy,” said Speaker Wilson. “Utah has grown and changed over the last ten years and this process allows us to make necessary adjustments to reflect that change. This will be no easy task, especially because the pandemic has compressed the timeline. I thank the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission members for their willingness and commitment to serving the people of Utah.”
The commission will be comprised of seven members.
The governor will appoint the chair.
The Senate President and House Speaker will each appoint one Republican.
The Senate minority leader and House minority leader will each appoint one Democrat.
Legislative majority leadership will also jointly appoint one unaffiliated member.
Legislative minority leadership will also jointly appoint one unaffiliated member.
The Utah Legislature allocated $1 million to fund the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission during the 2020 session. The independent commission will submit redistricting boundary plans to the Legislature for consideration no later than 20 days after the final public meeting.
Utah Independent Redistricting Commission
Rex Facer, Chair – governor appointment
Lyle Hillyard – Pres. Adams appointment
Rob Bishop – Speaker Wilson appointment
N. Jeffrey Baker – Pres. and Speaker appointment
Christine Durham – Sen. Mayne appointment
Pat Jones – Rep. King appointment
William Thorne, Jr. – Sen. Mayne and Rep. King appointment