On Wednesday, February 19, Governor Huntsman signed a proclamation declaring it Utah Hispanic/Latino Day. I was fortunate to be a part of this wonderful and commemorative day.
There were many distinguished guests at the Capitol that day. Supportive lawmakers such as Senate President Waddoups, local activists, and the Utah Hispanic Latino Legislative Task Force all met to celebrate this commemoration of the largest ethnic minority group in the state of Utah. Another announcement of equal importance was announced, that of the newly created Hispanic Caucus, which I, along with Senator Ross Romero, Representative Mark Wheatley, and Representative Rebbecca Chavez-Houck, will comprise.
Earlier, both the Senate and the House unanimously passed resolutions honoring the accomplishments of Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Father Francisco Atanasio Dominguez. In the late 18th century, the two missionaries/explorers drew some of the first maps of Utah. HJR 10 was sponsored by Senator Ross Romero and Representative Mark Wheatley. The resolution was presented to Bishop John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.
Bishop John C. Wester, Members of the Catholic Diocese and Others
From Left: Rep. Lorie Fowlke, Sen. Luz Robles, Rep. Mark Wheatley,
Sen. Ross Romero, Rep. David Litvack and Rep. Wayne Harper
Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck