Fewer women in Utah Legislature than Dems

They didn’t have a lot of turf to begin with, but women lost ground at the Legislature in this week’s election.

In fact, women are even more scarce on Utah’s Capitol Hill than Democrats.

Come January, 16 women will serve in either the state Senate or House. Even the Democrats will have more representation than that with 20 seats.

Right now, there are 12 women in the House. Next year, there will be 10. The Senate will have six women, up one from the current roster.

Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, and one of five female lawmakers who opted against seeking re-election, doesn’t warm to that gender split.

"In a democracy, the Legislature should mirror the population," she said Wednesday. "We’re one-half of the population."

Women have different experiences than men, Seelig explained. And those views on culture, community and family should be better represented.

"We need to be part of the decision-making process," she said.

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