RELEASE: Utah Democratic Party Responds to Gov. Cox’s 2022 State of the State Address


Contact: Ben Anderson, Communications Director

Phone: +1 (801) 830-0645




SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, January 20, 2022 — This evening, Governor Cox delivered the 2022 State of the State Address. In his speech, Governor Cox discussed a range of issues. However, there are some things that he failed to mention.

First and foremost, because of the maps drawn by the Republican supermajority and signed into law by Governor Cox, Utahns are now subject to a brutal gerrymander that will deny them fair representation for the next ten years. In putting these maps in place, Gov. Cox and his Republican colleagues directly defied the will of the voters of Utah, a travesty that we must not forget.

In his speech, Governor Cox put a great deal of emphasis on the importance of families to our state. To truly help Utah families, we need to make sure that all Utahns are paid a living wage, that childcare is accessible and affordable for all, and that our air is breathable and safe. We also must address the threat of climate change to our state. The worsening droughts that we are seeing each year are not anomalies, they are directly caused by climate change, and they are hurting our Utah’s quality of life. Without firmly committing to policy proposals in these areas, any talk about supporting families is nothing but empty rhetoric.

We applaud Governor Cox’s calls for unity and compromise, but in order to actually achieve those ideals, the Republican supermajority must choose to listen to the voices of Utahns, rather than running rough-shod over them to virtue-signal to their base. Until that happens, Republican extremists will continue to stand in the way of real progress for our state.

We at the Utah Democratic Party will continue to advocate for policies that will substantively help Utah families, and we will continue doing the work to move our state forward, not backward.

The Utah Democratic Party is the face and voice of Democrats in the State of Utah. We believe that Utahns deserve strong, competent leadership that puts the people and democracy first. 


For more information, contact Ben Anderson at or +1 (801) 830-0645.

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