Departing Words with Senator Pat Jones


Her first Utah Legislative Session: 2000 as a house representative; 2007 as a senator

Her last: 2014

Number of elections she won: 5

Education: Olympus High School | B.S., Journalism, University of Utah

Career: Business owner, professional focus group moderator

Family: Husband, Dan E. Jones; 2 daughters & 2 stepdaughters; 2 sons & 1 stepson; 10 grandkids

What advice do you have for people who want to run for office?

 Just do it! Get involved and run for office! When you are a legislator, you really find out who you are. It is not a spectator sport, it helps you understand your values and what is important to you.

You will learn how the legislative system works and make incredible friends. The legislative staff is incredible. You learn how dedicated the people are who work at the Utah Capitol. It is a beautiful atmosphere.

Just being in this building requires you to stand up for what you believe in, but it is also important to be someone who can work across the aisle (with the opposite party) on issues that really make a difference in people’s lives.

Bills she’s most proud of:

  • Education funding efforts
  • Strengthened financial literacy
  • Protecting seniors from abuse and fraud
  • Established the commission on aging
  • Health & disease prevention; limit minors from tanning salons

What are your plans after your term ends?

I might run for something else. I’m weighing my options. This is a year of transition.

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