New chairman named to House committee investigating Swallow

Posted at 6:41 PM, Jul 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-25 21:04:26-04

The Speaker of the House announced Thursday that a new chairman will lead the Utah House committee to investigate Utah’s Attorney General John Swallow.

Rep. Jim Dunnigan will replace Rep. Lowry Snow, who will no longer be on the committee according to the press release.

Snow, a lawyer practicing in St. George, was under fire for having formerly represented indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson. Johnson is one of Swallow’s chief accusers.

“Rep. Dunnigan is a veteran lawmaker who is a widely respected member of the House,” Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart said in a press release. “I expect he will be tough but fair in how he runs this committee.”

Swallow has been surrounded by controversy since he was sworn into office in January. The first allegation came seven days after– when Jeremy Johnson, a St. George businessman, accused Swallow of setting up a bribe with top federal lawmakers.

Swallow has since denied the accusation.

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