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Presidents Day: Presidents Making a Lifelong Impact by Guest Blogger Bryan Thiriot

I was in the fourth grade living in Las Vegas when Ronald Regan was elected president. As an elementary student in Las Vegas, I would walk to school with my friend Marco Rubio and we would talk about politics and elections. We both lived across the street and a lot of the employees to the Nevada Test Site lived in our neighborhood. We also lived next to Nellis Air Force Base, so we had a number of pilots and civilians that worked on base. Ronald Regan was very influential on both of us during this time.

In fact we were both in class when the attempted assignation of president Regan happened. Our fourth grade teacher Mr. Lee looped his T.V. all day and we watched in black and white T.V. any news updates about the president and his condition.

I really thought Regan was a great communicator and connected with me with his humor, like when he said to his wife Nancy, that “he forgot to duck”, when he was shot. As for my friend Marco, he loved politics and freedom so much that he serves as a senator for the state of Florida. May freedom carry forward to each American generation.


Bryan Thiriot was appointed as the Executive Director of Five County Association of Governments on May 1, 2013. Bryan is a native of St. George, and graduated from Weber State University in Political Science with a minor in Communications. Bryan continued his education at the University of Utah where he earned a Master's of Public Administration graduate degree.


Professionally, Bryan has over 15 years of experience working in the Congressional arena. He worked for two United States Senators, Orrin G. Hatch and Robert F. Bennett, spending time in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill, and in the Northern and Southern regions of Utah.

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