For Immediate Release: April 12, 2018
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Lynn N. Hemingway
House District 40
801-231-2153 | email@example.com
Rep. Lynn Hemingway to Not Seek Re-election for House District 40
SALT LAKE CITY – Today Rep. Lynn Hemingway, Salt Lake City D-40, announced he will not pursue the nomination for the District 40 seat at the Salt Lake County Democratic Convention this Saturday.
Because of Rep. Hemingway’s wife Sherma’s continued fragile medical condition, he has decided not to pursue the nomination for the seat. Sherma suffered an unexpected health decline while visiting family in New York at the beginning of the year. Because of the immediate risk to her health, she underwent a series of major surgeries before and during the 2018 legislative session which prevented Rep. Hemingway from returning to Utah to attend the session.
“Serving my constituents in District 40 has been an absolute privilege for these many years,” Rep. Hemingway said. “Life is always unpredictable, and sometimes we have to make difficult decisions. I appreciate all the support and understanding shown to me by my colleagues and my constituents during this challenging time.”
Rep. Hemingway added, “I am proud of what I was able to help get accomplished for the state of Utah. Although, I do hope my Democratic colleagues will continue to fight for giving Utahns a living wage they so badly need and deserve.”
This is the second time Rep. Hemingway has retired from the Utah House of Representatives. Rep. Hemingway served District 40 for 4, 2-year terms from 2007 until retiring in December 2014. He was then appointed to the same seat in November 2015 to replace former Rep. Justin Miller.
During his tenure Rep. Hemingway was a champion for giving hard-working Utahns a fair living wage. He sponsored legislation in 5 of the past 7 years to increase Utah’s minimum wage.