Utah Rep. John Curtis Running for Senate; Update on House Retirements

Rep. John Curtis (UT-03) is joining an increasingly crowded field seeking the 2024 Republican nomination for U.S. Senator from Utah. Incumbent Mitt Romney is retiring from the safely Republican seat. 

Other notables in the race include Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson, as well as Brent Hatch, son of the late Sen. Orrin Hatch. The elder Hatch held this same seat for 42 years before retiring in 2018. The Utah statewide primary (for offices other than president) is June 25.  

Curtis is completing his 4th term in the U.S. House. As with all four of the state's congressional districts, it is safely Republican. Curtis was reelected with a 35% margin of victory in 2022.

Update on House Retirements

  • 36 current members are retiring or seeking another office in 2024
  • There are 23 Democrats and 13 Republicans
  • List includes two pending resignations, Bill Johnson (R, OH-06) and Brian Higgins (D, NY-26)
  • List includes Republican Victoria Spartz (IN-05), who has been hedging on her announced decision to retire
  • Only four of the seats are seen as highly competitive; these are all held by Democrats
  • 16 are running for another office, including 12 for U.S. Senate
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