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Spotlight: Utah AG Sean Reyes

Areas of focus since taking office have included:

  1. Leading Utah to aggressively fight human trafficking through education campaigns, support of anti-human trafficking legislation, victim recovery, and advocacy.
  2. Organizing the Utah Opioid Task Force to help combat the opioid epidemic. AG Reyes works in collaboration with state and national groups, including leaders from government, law enforcement, and the medical and recovery communities.
  3. Developing the SafeUT program and app to help youth stay healthy and safe in schools by providing high-quality, confidential counseling services.

Professional background: Sean Reyes was appointed as attorney general in 2013 and was elected to a full term in 2016 and 2020. Before being appointed by Governor Herbert, AG Reyes was co-founder of Accelerate Ventures, a venture capital firm, and counsel for eTAGZ. AG Reyes also practiced for nearly 14 years at Parson, Behle, and Latimer, where he was one of the first minority partners at a major Utah firm. AG Reyes will be up for reelection again in 2024.

Education: AG Reyes earned a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University in 1994. He received his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1997.

Personal: AG Reyes is the son of a Spanish-Filipino immigrant father who fled the Marcos regime, and a Japanese-Hawaiian mother, and he is a cousin of former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. AG Reyes and his wife, Saysha, have 6 children. He is a former collegiate volleyball player and mixed martial arts fighter. He enjoys speaking at Comic Cons, playing basketball, coaching his kids, watching Sports Center, cooking, shooting guns, and rapping on Bloomberg News.