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Capitol karaoke party: Senator's son who has Down syndrome celebrates with legislators

Utah legislative interns sing with Matt Hillyard at his karaoke party in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
Utah legislative interns sing with Matt Hillyard at his karaoke party in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
Ginny Romney, Deseret News

Legislators, interns and even the Attorney General met in the Capitol Rotunda earlier this week for a karaoke party celebrating the birthday of a senator's son who has Down syndrome.

Utah legislative interns sing "Don't Stop Believin'" with Matt Hillyard at his karaoke party in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Matt Hillyard is the son of Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, and comes to the hill with his father frequently.

Matt's birthday is later in the session, so they take the time to celebrate it earlier, said Brian Allen, who sponsored the Monday-evening event.

Allen said he became friends with Matt when he was a member of the Utah House of Representatives in the '90s.

The event has blossomed over the years into an annual event, he said.

Former Utah legislator Brian Allen sings "If I Were a Rich Man" with Matt Hillyard Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Utah State Capitol.

Sen. Hillyard said everyone was invited during Senate media availability, and said Matt had even invited the governor.

While the Gov. Gary Herbert didn't sing, Attorney General Sean Reyes made an appearance to sing his own lyrics to "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle."

Attorney General Sean Reyes sings his own lyrics to "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle" with Matt Hillyard Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Utah State Capitol.

"You know you're doing pretty good if you can get the attorney general to come sing a rap," Allen said. "Matt loves it and at the end of the day, that's what it's about."

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Lobbyist Spencer Stokes sings "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" with Matt Hillyard Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Utah State Capitol.