PRESS RELEASE: Reyes Appointed Utah Attorney General


January 6, 2014


Bing Cardenas Branigin
Tel. 202-361-1024

Jon Melegrito
Tel. 202-361-0296

NaFFAA Statement on the Appointment of Sean Reyes
as Utah Attorney General

Washington, D.C. NaFFAA National Chairman Ed Navarra today conveyed the organization’s congratulations and best wishes to Sean Reyes, who was sworn in recently as Utah’s new attorney general. Appointed to the office by Gov. Gary Herbert, Reyes becomes the first Asian American to hold a statewide post in Utah.

“As Filipino Americans, we are elated that one of our own has gained the distinction and honor of serving as Utah’s top law enforcement officer,” Navarra said. “We wish him well as he undertakes a challenging responsibility, one that requires leadership and legal skills, high professional standards and strong commitment to public service.”

Reyes, 42, is the son of immigrants with Filipino and Spanish roots. Married with six children, he was raised in Southern California and received his law degree from UC Berkeley in 1997.

At his swearing in, Reyes vowed “to restore public trust” in an office devastated by scandal, and “create a culture change” through internal, external and policy changes.”

Gov. Gary Herbert, who designated Reyes to the post after his predecessor resigned, said “Reyes’ rise opens a new chapter for the state and the attorney general’s office, which persevere in the face of adversity. He has the right background and, most importantly, he has the right demeanor to take on what I consider a new beginning for the attorney general’s office.”

Prior to taking over as attorney general, Reyes was serving as general counsel for a Utah media and technology company, eTAGz. Reyes also served as a small claims judge, a partner with venture capital firm Accelerate Ventures, and a member of the boards of many non-profit institutions, including one conducting education against fraud. He was also involved with a National Commission established by former President George W. Bush to advise him on Hispanic American issues.

Apart from his professional duties, Reyes devotes his time to community outreach programs. In 2008, Reyes was the first person to be awarded the title “Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year” by 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, Swallow resigned from office. Reyes was then selected as one of three candidates by the GOP State Central Committee on Dec 14, 2013. Reyes, who will serve out the remaining two years of Swallow’s term, will have to run for election in November 2014.

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The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs. NaFFAA is the largest national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, organizations and individuals. Its thirteen-member regions cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, the Marianas Islands, and American Samoa. NaFFAA partners with local affiliate organizations and national coalitions in monitoring legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans and advocating for issues of common concern.

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NaFFAA National Office
1322 18th St NW, Washington DC 20036-1803
Phone: 202.361.0296


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