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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: AG Reyes was appointed AG in 2013 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. He was elected to a full term in 2016 and again in 2020. Prior to his appointment, AG Reyes practiced for nearly fourteen years at Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he became one of the first minority lawyers to make partner at a major Utah firm. He later started Reyes Legal Management and then became a partner in Accelerate Ventures, where he oversaw legal strategy and execution for venture capital funds.

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.