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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Goodbye to the Senate

By Al Mansell
Utah State Senator, District 9, and
Former President of the Utah Senate

I began serving in the Legislature in July of 1994. The past 12 years have not been easy, but my time in the Senate has been an unconditional honor and privilege.

I always asserted that I was not a politician, and didn’t want to become one. When I started my service in the legislature I said when the time came for me to move on, I would.

Well, that time has come. Because of time restraints and my other commitments I feel that I need to step down and make room for a new person to represent my district. I’ll sign my resignation letter tomorrow, when I return to Salt Lake City.

The vacancy will be filled through the normal process provided in the Constitution and the Utah Code.

My time in the senate has been one of my most cherished experiences. It was an experience I never expected but one which I will treasure and remember for the rest of my life. What made it shine for me was the stellar quality of the people in my district, my legislative colleagues, professional staff and others with whom I associated statewide.

Best of luck to all of you, my friends. It has been a pleasure.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we assume Neiderhauser (sp) is the front runner?

7/13/2006 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Niederhauser.

Niederhauser is German for "someone from the lower house", which is interesting since Niederhauser is running for the upper house. Maybe he should change his name to Oberhauser.

Neiderhauser, OTOH, would mean something like "someone from the house of envy".

7/13/2006 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure this has nothing to do with helping Neiderhauser's campaign. Its all completely coincidental.

7/14/2006 9:25 AM  
Anonymous John Massey said...

As director of the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for the opportunity of working with Senator Mansell for the past eight years. He was especially helpful and supportive in the early years of my appointment when there were some very significant and difficult issues we were dealing with. Whenever I met with him in his office, he was always firm yet very kind in his approach and always offered some great advice. He never seemed to be in a hurry to get the meeting over with. I will miss his association and wish him the very best in the future.

John E. Massey
Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst

7/14/2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger steve u. said...

Along with a passion for leading and governing, Al had a healthy disdain for politics -- which I think helped make him a great leader.

Some of my fondest and funniest (in retrospect only) moments were up on the dais strategizing w/ Al or explaining why the House or I weren't on his side. Meetings in that latter category -- going off what John said above -- I wished he had been in a greater hurry to get over. He is one of the truly greatest competitors I have had the privilege of working with, battling with everything he had on an issue he cared about, but closing the books on it after it was done (unless it was one of those rare occassions when he did not win; as he closed the book, he might just keep the page marked for next year).

Al served well and will be greatly missed. Happy trails President!

7/14/2006 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having had the opportunity to work personally with Senator Al Mansell during his two terms as Senate President, I can honestly say he was one elected official who did not simply opt for the popular or politically expedient choice.

On more than one occasion, in weighing difficult decisions, he would literally ask, "What is the right thing to do?" He truly tried to do what was best for Utah and not just in the near future.

Utahns can be grateful for his consistent effort to avoid "politics as usual" in determining the best policy for our state in the long run.

His straightforward manner, will to prevail (when the cause was just), fairness and generosity, cooking ability (remember heart-attack cookies), good-naturedness on the dais when the clock was ticking down and stress levels were rising, will be greatly missed on Capitol Hill.

Few had the opportunity to witness Senator Mansell up close in his role as a husband and father. His great love for his wife, children, grandchildren and his God are evident. Thanks for the example and your service.

Eric C. Isom

7/14/2006 4:04 PM  
Blogger True2TheFaith said...

This political posturing and manuvering is all about getting Wayne Niederhauser on the ballot as the incumbent. Mansell tried to do a handoff earlier in the year to Niederhauser and got shut down. So now the game is played like this.

This is a sad display of leadership from the Republican Party. I wish I was going to be in town for the special election meeting on Monday night. Would make for some good discussion about timing and ethics.

7/14/2006 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11/07/2006 8:26 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Easy, rider.

We're not doing mean-spirited personal attacks on this site. Especially when they are completely unattached to policy or reality.

"He better not win..." Is that a threat? Or what?

Try again, my anonymous anger management classmate, after you've had your morning cup of coffee.

11/07/2006 10:18 AM  

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