Our 2015 Interns were Amazing!

The Senate Minority team at the end of the 2015 Legislative session! 

It takes teamwork and a whole lot of energy to make it all come together!

z1We could NEVER do this without our interns, they are the BEST!

 

Top Row: Janeen Halverson, James Dabakis, Karen Mayne, Gene Davis, Jani Iwamoto, , Luz Escamilla, and Sylvie Batchelor.

Bottom Row (our AMAZING Interns!) Connor Yakaitis, JC Hamilton, Katie Crawford, Nick Hagen, and Viviana Felix .

 

Thank you to our interns | 2014 Legislative Session

Thank you to our Utah Senate Democrats interns for the 2014 Utah Legislative Session.

We appreciated your hardIntern Collage work. All the best in achieving your dreams.

Esther Blanco, a Salt Lake City resident, interned for Senator Gene Davis. Her favorite day is her birthday and favorite color is purple! Born in Venezuela, she is a University of Utah student studying political science and finance. She loves modeling and Beyonce.

Her goal: She wants to go to law school.

Keith Stott, a Salt Lake City resident, interned for Senator Karen Mayne. He likes most music and the color green! From Arkansas, he’s a University of Utah student studying social work. He’s married with a baby boy and loving life.

His goal: He wants to go to law school.

Patricio Panuncio, a Salt Lake City resident, interned for Senator Luz Robles. He loves caviar and the color green! Born in Argentina, he’s a University of Utah student studying political science.

His goal: He wants to go to law school.

Sylvie Batchelor, a Salt Lake City resident, interned for Senator Pat Jones. Her favorite food is mashed potatoes. A Utah native, she’s a University of Utah student studying political science and international studies. Her favorite color is aqua.

Her goal: She wants to run for office.

Zaida Hill, a Provo resident, interned for Senator Jim Dabakis. Her favorite food is Chinese. Her favorite colors are sea green and hot pink. Zaida is proud of her good grades. From Michigan, she’s a Brigham Young University student studying political science. She loves folk and indie music.

Her goal: She wants to run for office.

When the Gavel Strikes Midnight – by Patricio Panuncio, 2014 Intern to Senator Luz Robles

When the gavel strikes at midnight on Thursday, March 13, the 2014 General Legislative Session comes to an end.  Some legislators will leave satisfied, others disappointed.  As for me, an intern for the Senate, I will leave with an unforgettable experience that has taught me discipline, procedural politics, professionalism, and most importantly, a profound respect for the work that goes on inside the Utah State Capitol.

Patricio

For the last 45 days, I have had the unique opportunity to observe the work from the inside.  As an intern, I play a crucial role in ensuring that day-to-day operations run smoothly for my senator.  By no means is my job simple, but it looks like a walk in the park when compared to what legislators do daily.  They dedicate countless hours reviewing and discussing pieces of legislation.  It is their duty to enact sound policy, while satisfying thousands of constituents.  Failing to satisfy these constituents can result in social ridicule and a ruined reputation.  Even with all the constant pressure, many still decide to run for re-election year after year.

Many people are often critical of the Legislature.  I, myself, have been.  A public official’s accountability is crucial.  We often fail to understand and perceive the full story.

If there is one thing I have learned, it is to not be quick to judge.  It is important to be grateful for the responsibility these people hold and to remember that the best interest of the State of Utah is their overall objective.  For now, the legislature will continue to conduct regular business in an upbeat manner as the last-minute legislation is proposed.

On Friday, legislators will catch a break, and Utah will continue to function regularly.