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Thomas Wright Adds US Rep. Rob Bishop To Governor Ticket

Rob Bishop, R-Utah, announces he will not be run for Utah governor during KSL Newsradio’s “Live Mic with Lee Lonsberry” in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) – Former Utah Republican party chair Thomas Wright is adding a political heavyweight to his run for governor by tapping outgoing Congressman Rob Bishop as his lieutenant-governor candidate.

Bishop had already said he would not run for a ninth term in the U.S. House. He had considered running for governor himself before teaming up with Wright instead.

Thursday’s announcement comes as Wright looks to set himself apart in a crowded GOP field that also includes former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. and current Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.