Utah Gubernatorial Hopeful Appointed to Homeland Security Committee

Utah Gubernatorial Hopeful Appointed to Homeland Security Committee

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(Ogden-AP) -- Utah House Speaker and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Marty Stephens has been appointed to a 15-member national Homeland Security advisory committee of state and local officials. The committee is headed by Governor Mike Leavitt.

The committee was established by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to offer perspectives about U-S security.

If Leavitt is confirmed as head the Environmental Protection Agency, he will leave the committee.

Stephens, who is president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, said Utah's role in security for the 2002 Olympics may have been a factor in his appointment to the committee.

He also sees the new job as being helpful should he be elected governor.

He said it's important that the next governor have ties with and a good working relationship with the federal government.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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