Becky Lockhart is a member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing the state’s 64th District. She was first elected to office in 1998 and Assistant Majority Whip in 2008. On November 4, 2010, she was chosen by her colleagues to be Speaker of the House – the first woman in Utah history to hold the top leadership position. She will serve as Speaker for the remainder of 2014.
Nicknamed “Utah’s Iron Lady” in a Deseret News column, Lockhart has dedicated her legislative focus to economic development, infrastructure reform, health care enhancement, technology modernization and educational excellence. She previously served as Chair of the Transportation Task Force, the work of which eventually resulted in the finalization of one of the most extensive transportation investments in Utah History.
She currently serves as Co-chair of the Education Task Force, the Commission on Federalism, Legislative Management Committee and the Audit Subcommittee, and as a member of the Joint Executive Appropriations and Administrative Rules Committees. In 2013, she personally selected the House of Representatives special committee that investigated serious allegations surrounding former Attorney General John Swallow. The committee’s findings contributed to his resignation and subsequent indictments.
During her tenure, the state has enacted a balanced budget every year, while also strongly investing in Utah’s most critical priorities. Even in the aftermath of a severe national recession, and at a time when most states reduced all major appropriations, Lockhart collaborated with legislative leaders to provide funding for education and ensure the necessary resources would be available for Utah’s schools.
In 2014, she crafted a $300 million education modernization initiative that gained praise for its creative approach to the integration of hardware in the hands of students as well as providing expanded training, resources and new tools for Utah teachers and education professionals.
Becky’s commitment to technology to drive increased productivity is well known. She was instrumental in the creation of Utah’s nationally recognized legislative website; most recently accommodating mobile applications.
Named three times as Legislator of the Year by the Utah Health Insurance Association and a “Friend of Business” by the Utah Business Coalition, Lockhart is also a recipient of Intermountain Health Care’s Beacon of Hope Award. For several terms in office, Lockhart also separately served as a lead legislator in the policy areas of healthcare quality and access and transportation.
Lockhart received a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University and practiced for seven years as a Registered Nurse. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Timpanogos Regional Hospital and The Haven. She and her husband, technology industry executive Stan Lockhart, are the parents of three children Hannah, Emily and Stephen. The family resides in Provo.