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Gubernatorial Candidate, Rep. Brian King, Issues Statement on Governor Cox’s Deployment of Troops to the Texas Border

[SALT LAKE CITY, UT] - Gubernatorial candidate and State Representative, Brian S. King (D) released the following statement on Governor Cox's decision to deploy Utah National Guard troops to the U.S. border in Texas:

“It's disappointing to see Governor Cox prioritize political stunts over the needs of Utahns. Spending our hard-earned tax dollars to intervene in someone else’s priority that doesn't directly impact our state is fiscally irresponsible and a waste of resources. Let's be clear: Utah is not a border state, and we shouldn't be diverting your tax dollars to fight Washington's culture wars.

“Furthermore, the rhetoric around our southern border is largely manufactured and doesn't reflect the reality on the ground, according to Utah leaders and journalists. It's a shame to see Governor Cox fall for this divisive rhetoric instead of focusing on real solutions for our state. 

“Utah has a proud tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrants with open arms, understanding the importance of compassion and humanity in addressing complex issues. Instead of militarizing our response, furthering the separation of families, and perpetuating racist rhetoric, we should be advocating for comprehensive immigration reform and working to address the root causes of migration. 

“As Governor, I will prioritize the needs of Utahns above political posturing. I won't waste taxpayer money on unnecessary deployments or engage in divisive culture wars. Instead, I will work tirelessly to improve the lives of all Utahns and lead with common sense and compassion. It's time for leadership that puts Utah first, not Texas or Washington. For the better.”

Representative King has media availability today at the Utah State Capitol. Contact Ben Haynes (435-602-2944) to schedule an interview.


Brian King represents District 23 in the Utah State House of Representatives. He was elected in 2008 and served as the House Minority Leader from 2015 to 2023. In addition to his role in public service, Brian is a practicing attorney and business owner. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Ann, accompanied by the delightful presence of their dog, Cora. Brian has four daughters, three stepchildren, and three grandchildren. Watch the campaign launch video: “For the Better”. To learn more about Brian’s campaign for governor, visit

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