Rebecca D. Lockhart
|Rebecca D. Lockhart|
|Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 64th district
January 1, 1999
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University
Rebecca D. "Becky" Lockhart was born November 20, 1968, and is an American politician and Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives. Lockhart represents 64th District in Provo, Utah. Lockhart is the current Speaker of the House in Utah, serving as the states' first female Speaker.
Early Life and Career
Lockhart's husband, Stan Lockhart, served as a member of the Provo City Council and previously served as chair of the Utah Republican Party. Stan Lockhart currently works as a lobbyist for Micron/IM Flash Tech. The Lockharts live in Provo, Utah, where the couple has raised their family.
Becky Lockhart served in the Utah House of Representative for sixteen years. Speaker Lockhart announced in 2014 that she would not be seeking reelection that year, and pundits claim that she may be focusing her efforts on running in Utah’s 2016 Gubernatorial Election
During the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions, Speaker Lockhart served on a variety of committees, including the Executive Appropriations Committee, the House Legislative Expense Oversight Committee, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, the Legislative Management Committee, and the Legislative Audit Subcommittee. Speaker Lockhart also serves on the Commission on Federalism, the Education Task Force, the Subcommittee on Oversight, and the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission.
2014 Sponsored Legislation
Serving as Speaker of the House, Lockhart does not file any bills under her name. In 2014 Lockhart's primary legislative project was HB 131S03, the Public Education Modernization Act, filed under Representative Representative Francis Gibson.
HB 131S03, the Public Education Modernization Act, was particularly controversial. The proposed legislation called for $200–$300 million in state funds to to replace textbooks with tablet computers in the state's classrooms. The bill was essentially killed in budget negotiations, but will be viewed as Lockhart's legacy.
Among other projects while in the state legislature, Lockhart has pushed for a radar at Provo Municipal Airport. She also proposed a revised tax system that would greatly increase the amount of taxes levied by Utah on chewing tobacco.
HB477 Republican Leadership Controversy
At the close of the 2011 Utah legislative session, there was open concern expressed by one representative that, under Republican Party Leadership (who have a large majority in both houses), legislators were pressured to vote for HB477, which denied the public access certain forms of government communication. There was vast public outcry over the bill which was hurriedly presented and passed under her, and other Republican leaders' oversight.
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- "Conflict of Interest Form". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah House of Representatives. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
- "Lockhart bids farewell to Legislature". Salt Lake City, Utah: Daily Herald. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
- "H.B. 131 Third Substitute Public Education Modernization Act". Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah House of Representatives. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- "No money for House Speaker Becky Lockhart's education technology plan in budget". Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- Riddle, Laura (February 10, 2008). "Provo airport is moving closer to getting radar". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
- "Chewing tobacco cost would rise with new tax". Deseret Morning News. February 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
- "GOP lawmaker apologizes for HB477 vote, saying he feared retaliation". Deseret Morning News. March 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
- Official page at the Utah State Legislature
- [www.beckylockhart.com/ Campaign site]
- Rebecca Lockhart at Vote Smart
- Rebecca Lockhart at Ballotpedia
- Rebecca Lockhart at the National Institute on Money in State Politics