Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, announces retirement

After 10 years in Utah’s House of Representatives, John Dougall announced Thursday that he will be stepping down from his seat at the end of this term.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of District 27, but there’s only so much damage one person can do in the Legislature, and it feels like I’ve done it all,” Dougall said.

Best known as a fiscal hawk, Dougall has helped check ballooning Medicaid costs, helped reform an outdated tax code, and advocated disruptive change in a stagnant education system.

“He was the kind of guy who would call you in the middle of the night with an idea you’d find radical at first glance, but you’d be thinking about it for the next two weeks and wondering ‘Why not?’,” said Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper.

Speaker Becky Lockhart has worked closely with Dougall for more than a decade.

“The taxpayers of the Utah owe John a huge debt. There hasn’t been a lawmaker more dedicated to demanding accountability and finding ways to keep government spending in check,” Lockhart said.

Dougall has multiple degrees in electrical engineering and a masters of business administration. A consultant in the high-tech sector, he lives in Highland with his wife, Sandy, and their three children.

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