Congratulations Senator McAdams

Senator Ben McAdams, Senate Minority Caucus Manager, is one of Utah’s “Forty under 40” movers and shakers in the February 2010 issue of Utah Business magazine, chosen from a lengthy list of youthful, energetic leaders of today and tomorrow.  This generation of leaders is confident, talented, and innovative as they shape and guide our future.

Senator McAdams graduated from the University of Utah where he was elected student body president.  He received his juris doctor degree from Columbia University in New York City.  Senator McAdams practiced law in Salt Lake City with Dorsey & Whitney and is now senior advisor to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

Senator McAdams was instrumental in securing funding for the construction of the Airport TRAX line and for reconstruction of the North Temple viaduct.  He also played a key role in facilitating passage of Salt Lake City’s nondiscrimination ordinances.

Senator McAdams represents parts of Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and West Valley City.   “Senator McAdams remarked, “My colleagues in the legislature, both Republican and Democrat, are visionary, hard-working men and women.  Being able to contribute to the creative problem solving and passion for a better Utah is inspiring.”

Congratulations to Senator Robles for your Influential Utahn Recognition for 2010

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 Senator Luz Robles is ranked #5 among the most influential Utahns for 2010 in today’s Deseret News.    Senator Luz Robles“With immigration arguably being the most hot-button issue of 2010, Utah Senator Luz Robles became the voice for Utah Latinos when she introduced her own immigration legislation in response to the many other proposals by Utah legislators. The first immigrant state senator in Utah, Robles proved this year that she’s not just a face but a leader for the state’s fastest growing population.”

Senator Robles has worked diligently the past two years for Utah and especially for her constituents in District One, advocating for health care, business development, and immigration reform.  Congratulations, senator, for your outstanding effort.

Governor Herbert’s 2012 Budget

Today, Governor Herbert released his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2012.  Senators Karen Morgan and Ben McAdams attended the pre-release meeting with Governor Herbert.

Governor Herbert’s top priorities are (1) growing the economy, and (2) investing in education.  Governor Herbert also recommends maintaining the Rainy Day Fund at $110 million.

Education’s request for the upcoming session of $75 million for growth and the continuation of key programs has been satisfied in Governor Herbert’s budget recommendations.  We are pleased that student growth is funded, along with $7.5 million for extended-day kindergarten, $2 million for Common Core Standards, and an additional $2.5 million for reading and math proficiency.  A highly successful arts program funded by a public/private partnership for public education, Art Works for Kids, is recommended by the governor to be funded, too.  We are also pleased Governor Herbert recommends no cuts to higher education.

Education has always been a priority for the Senate Democrats, and during the session, we will work to secure funding for education equal to or beyond the governor’s recommendations.

Revenue projections forecast an additional $215 million–very encouraging news and, hopefully, an indication that we have turned the corner.

Welcome, Bryan!

We are pleased to announce that Bryan Schott is joining the Utah Senate Democrats as our new Communications Director.  Bryan will provide communications services for our caucus during the upcoming 2011 General Legislative Session.  Welcome, Bryan!

Bryan Schott, Communications Director
Bryan Schott


Senator Robles–Recipient of 2010 Pathfinder Award

Senator Luz RoblesToday Senator Luz Robles received one of five 2010 Pathfinder Awards at the Salt Lake Chamber American Express Women & Business Conference.  The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to a select number of worthy community leaders who have a history of support for women and women’s issues and who have worked to further the development and recognition of women.  An Athena Award is presented annually, as well.   Click here for complete information about the conference and awards.

Senator Robles is Vice President at Zions Bank for the Hispanic/Latino Market.  She also serves her community on various boards of nonprofit organizations and other entities.  Senator Robles was elected to the Utah State Senate in 2008.  She is currently the Senate Minority Caucus Manager.

Senator Robles has a BS degree in Business Marketing and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.

In 2005 she was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman as the first director for the State Office of Ethnic Affairs–an office that focuses on institutional change when dealing with state agencies and the services they provide to the ethnic community of the state of Utah.  In this position, she oversaw the directors of the Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino and Pacific Islander Affairs.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SENATOR ROBLES….and thank you to the sponsors of the Salt Lake Chamber American Express Women & Business Conference for recognizing her noteworthy professional accomplishments.