Family members watch as new lawmakers are sworn in

Family members watch as new lawmakers are sworn in



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Family members of Utah's newest lawmakers say the budget woes make this quite the time to get started, but they feel excited about their new jobs.

More than a dozen new legislators raised their hands and were sworn in while their family members watched above in the balcony

As Tenille Mortenson said, "It's cool."

Family members watch as new lawmakers are sworn in

Tenille's grandma Susan Duckworth is a new representative. "She's just really excited and happy she gets to do it this year," she said.

Duckworth's grandfather, Carl Duckworth, served five terms from Magna.

"I don't think she has a lot of worries. I think she's just excited to be up here and is ready to serve." Melissa said.

Bob Wallis used to go sit in the balcony with his dad Brent. Brent now represents Ogden. "I'm still up here in the balcony, but it's kind of fun and we're excited for him, and I know he's excited to get started," Bob said.

The family members say their new lawmakers want to fulfill their campaign promises, even in this skinny budget year.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

Mary Richards

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