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UTAH POLITICS: NOLAN KARRAS, REPUBLICAN

Current political position: Speaker, Utah House of Representatives.

Vital statistics:Age: 44.

Height: 6'0".

Weight: 200 lbs.

Born: Ogden, Dec. 30, 1944.

Education: Weber County school system, Weber High School. Bachelor's degree, Weber State College. Master of business administration, University of Utah.

Family life: Married to the former Lynda Purrington. They have three children.

Profession: Certified public accountant/investment counselor.

Politicial history: Former chairman of the Roy City Planning Commission. Ran for the Utah House in 1980 and has been re-elected ever since. Majority leader 1987-88, speaker 1989-90.

Quote: "I'm going to be the best speaker I can be. I'm not opening any doors for 1992, not closing any. If I decide to run for governor, however, I will have to run for speaker again (in 1991)."

Political future: Often mentioned as candidate for governor in 1992.