Remembering Utah’s First Female Speaker of the House

Remembering Utah’s First Female Speaker of the House

If you’d like to submit your own memories of Speaker Lockhart, please send them to BeckyLockhartMemories@gmail.com.

REMEMBERING UTAH’S FIRST FEMALE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE,

REBECCA LOCKHART

1968 – 2015

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“Using your real voice might make you uncomfortable.  It might make the people around you feel uncomfortable, but until we make it normal for women to be heard, until we are heard for our ideas and not viewed as tokens, that’s the price we’ll pay.  I for one, have been willing to pay that price.”
– Becky Lockhart

 

Our hearts go out to the family of former House Speaker Becky Lockhart as we all mourn her sudden and tragic passing. She leaves an indelible mark on the Utah House and Utah politics. Her many accomplishments will long be remembered

Lockhart lived in Provo with her husband, Stan, and three children. Her background was in nursing and she was knowledgeable and passionate about healthcare issues. She was very family focused and one could often find her children visiting the House, sitting on the dais or serving as her interns.

Her public persona was that of tough and hard-charging politician in sharp contrast to the private Lockhart who her friends and family knew as amiable and fun loving. She unquestionably influenced many lives and her passing leaves a tremendous void.

Lockhart’s historic journey began in 1998 upon her election to the Utah House. A decade later she joined the legislative body’s leadership team as Assistant Majority Whip, and her legacy continued, as she became the first female Speaker of the Utah House in 2010.

During her four years as Speaker she is credited with creating a more open and inclusive House of Representatives, encouraging differing perspectives and a bipartisan respect for all representatives as they served their various districts. She was passionate about the political process and this passion led to her trailblazing a path for other women to pursue leadership positions in politics in Utah.

She volunteered as a Capitol docent, sharing with visitors her love of the Capitol building. Lockhart was initially reluctant to become involved in transportation issues, but ultimately became an expert in that area and was key in the implementation of many long-term policy initiatives on transportation benefitting Utah. She was also a strong advocate and supporter of education reform.

Her legislative resume includes serving as co-chair of the Education Task Force, the Transportation Planning Task Force, the Commission on Federalism, Legislative Management Committee and the Audit Subcommittee; and as a member of the Joint Executive Appropriations and Administrative Rules Committees.  Lockhart also served as a member of the board of trustees of Timpanogos Regional Hospital.

She will be greatly missed.

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Special thanks to Scott Sommerdorf/Salt Lake Tribune for providing the pictures below.

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