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Spencer Cox picks Utah Sen. Deidre Henderson as running mate

Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson looks on during a hearing Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Polygamists have lived in Utah since before it became a state, and 85 years after the practice was declared a felony they still number in the thousands. Now, a state lawmaker says it's time to remove the threat of jail time for otherwise law-abiding polygamists. "The law is a failure. It hasn't stopped polygamy at all and it's actually enabled abuse to occur and remain unchecked," said Henderson. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox announced his running mate Thursday: Utah Sen. Diedre Henderson.

In a campaign video, Henderson said that her experience in state government has given her the ability to bring people together and work well with others.

Cox said he appreciates her willingness to do what is right regardless of the consequences.

Henderson has served in the state Legislature for eight years.

Most recently she sponsored a bill essentially decriminalizing polygamy and led a walkout of female senators protesting an abortion bill that she said went too far even for her pro-life stance.