Utah House passes resolution to send Martha Hughes Cannon statue to DC

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah will soon have new representation in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

A resolution to honor not only Utah’s, but the nations first female state senator was passed by the Utah House of Representatives Wednesday.

A statue of Martha Hughes Cannon will replace Philo Farnsworth and join Brigham Young. Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon famously defeated her husband in 1986 to become the first female state senator in the country. She was known as a fearless fighter for women’s rights and public health.

The resolution cleared its first hurdle in late January. When it passed the Senate Wednesday, the House overwhelming passed the resolution by a vote of 67 to 3.

A substitution was added to the resolution that allows for the possibility for the Farnsworth statute to return to the nation's capital in the future. 

The resolution will head back to the Senate for another vote. If it is passed once again, it is then off to Governor Gary Herbert’s desk for his signature or a veto.

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