Utah’s youngest representative starting out first legislative session

Posted at 9:58 PM, Feb 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-14 00:31:28-05

SALT LAKE CITY - There are twenty new representatives debating legislation at Utah's State Capitol this session.

Freshman representatives say the first few weeks of the legislative session are a bit of a whirlwind.

"The flood of information that descends upon you as soon as you take office, as soon as you sit down," said Rep. Marc Roberts, R-Santaquin.

Fortunately, the senior legislators are willing to offer a helping hand, even if it comes with some ribbing.

Roberts has a second challenge to overcome...proving he actually works at the Capitol. At 31 years old, he's the youngest representative on the floor.

"I've been confused as an intern. I've been keeping a tally. I think I'm up to six or seven now, getting kicked out of committee rooms and things," he said. "I'm supposed to wear this lapel pin, I guess that identifies me as a representative. I'm just not a pin guy."

Roberts says that at the end of the day, he's here to represent the citizens of Santaquin, a task he takes seriously.

"I'm working as hard as I can to understand each issue as presented to me and formulate a good reason why to vote yes or no on any bill that comes before me," he said.