Big Changes Coming to Utah's Capitol Hill

Big Changes Coming to Utah's Capitol Hill

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(KSL News) Now that Governor Mike Leavitt has been confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, big changes are coming to our state's government.

Lieutenant Governor Olene Walker will take over as governor next Wednesday. And later today she will announce who will be her lietenant governor.

Who that person is, is a closely guarded secret.

Eyewitness News sources indicate a front runner is former Vernal Legislator Gayle McKeachnie.

The Governor's current legal counsel, Gary Doxey; or former House speaker Glen Brown could be on the short list.

The Deseret Morning News is also reporting other loyal Republicans, many past and present legislators are on the list as well.

Walker has reportedly selected a person who is hard-working, willing to stay in the background, and not running for office next year.

Political pollster Dan Jones says she needs to emerge as a leader on her own.

Dan Jones/Political Pollster: "She is a strong lady, and she'll be a strong governor."

Governor Leavitt will deliver a farewell address to the state next Monday night.

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