Utah House Democrats re-elect Brian King as minority leader

Published 11-21-2018

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah House Democrats re-elected Minority Leader Brian King despite a recent allegation that he pushed a Republican state senator.

King, D-Salt Lake City, was re-elected Tuesday even after state Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, filed a criminal complaint against King, claiming King pushed him last month in a hallway of the Senate Building at the Utah Capitol.

King says he regrets the confrontation but says it was nothing close to being an assault, and he's confident he will not be prosecuted.

King was first elected to the House in 2008 and has served as minority leader since 2014.

House Democrats also selected Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, as the new minority whip and Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Murray, as the new minority caucus manager. Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, was re-elected as minority assistant whip.

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