|21st Attorney General of Utah|
Assumed office |
December 30, 2013
|Preceded by||John Swallow|
|Born||February 16, 1971|
Brigham Young University,|
University of California,
Sean D. Reyes (born February 16, 1971) is the 21st Attorney General of Utah. He was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert following the resignation of John Swallow. He is a member of the Republican Party and has served as a county, state and national (alternate) delegate for the Republican Party and a member of the State Central Committee, the governing body of the Utah Republican Party.
Early Life and Education
Reyes was raised in Southern California. His father was an immigrant from the Philippines of both Filipino and Spanish descent. His mother was of Native Hawaiian and Japanese descent. He is a cousin of Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay.
Reyes was a lawyer at Utah's biggest law firm, Parsons Behle & Latimer. Immediately before being appointed attorney general he was serving as general counsel for Springville, Utah based eTAGz. After his work with PB&L, Reyes formed Reyes Legal Management and was also a partner with venture capital firm Accelerate Ventures.
Reyes also served as a small claims judge for the 3rd District Court of Utah.
Reyes received the first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association.
Reyes ran for Attorney General of Utah in 2012 against John Swallow. He lost the primary election with a margin of 69 to 32 percent. In December 2013, John Swallow resigned from office. Reyes was then selected as one of three candidates by the GOP State Central Committee on Dec 14, 2013. Governor Gary Herbert appointed Reyes as the next Attorney General of Utah on Dec 23, 2013.
Because of Utah's election laws, Reyes had to run in the Utah elections, 2014 to be elected to finish out the original term of John Swallow. He was the Utah Republican Party candidate, and prevailed with 63.06 percent of the vote over Utah Democratic Party candidate Charles A. Stormont, and Libertarian candidate Andrew Mccullough.
Reyes was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. to serve as one of the youngest members of the Third District Judicial Nominating Commission; he spent several years on a National Congressional Commission started by President George W. Bush. Appointed by Congress and the President of the United States, Reyes conducted public hearings throughout the country to advise the Administration and Congress on Latino issues.
Immediately after taking office, Reyes appealed Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that struck down Amendment 3, the state's same-sex marriage ban. The estimated $2 million price tag in appealing Shelby's ruling was criticized The Advocate, Daily Kos, and ThinkProgress. In response, Reyes stated "We're willing to spend whatever it takes to protect the laws and the will of the people" and that "everyone benefits from appealing the case."
In February 2016, Reyes was ranked 21st on Newsmax's list of the top 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans.
Reyes and his immediate family belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Reyes lists church involvement on his campaign website.
|Utah Attorney General Republican Primary Election, 2012|
|Utah Attorney General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Sean Reyes (inc.)||355,275||63.06|
|Independent American||Leslie Curtis||15,108||2.68|
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- 2014 Election Results
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- Gehrke, Robert (30 December 2013). "Reyes tackles tall tasks as Utah's new attorney general". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Anderson-Minshall, Diane. "Utah to Spend Whopping $2 Million to Fight Marriage". The Advocate. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Boerl, Dr. Christopher (30 December 2013). "Utah to Spend $2 Million Fighting Marriage Equality, Questions Arise Regarding Fiscal Values". Daily Kos. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Ford, Zack (6 January 2014). "Utah's Novel Argument: Banning Same-Sex Marriage Encourages 'Diversity' In Parenting". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Roche, Lisa Roche (30 December 2013). "Attorney General Sean Reyes takes oath, poised to appeal gay marriage ruling". Deseret News. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- "Newsmax's 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans". Newsmax. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
- O'Donoghue, Amy Joi (December 23, 2013), "Sean Reyes vows to restore 'integrity' to Utah Attorney General's Office", Deseret News
- O'Donoghue, Amy Joi (23 December 2013). "New A.G. Sean Reyes pledges to 'raise the bar'". KSL News. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- "REAL LAWYER REAL LEADER REAL EXPERIENCE" (PDF). SeanReyes.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
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