Senator Mayne recognizes SLCC Culinary Students


Today Senator Karen Mayne recognized students and faculty from Salt Lake Community College’s Culinary Arts Program.  For more than 25 years, the Culinary Arts Program at SLCC has been preparing students for careers as chefs or food and beverage supervisors in a wide range of industries.

For the past three years, through a strong and unique partnership between the SLCC Culinary Institute and the Capitol Preservation Board, these students have been preparing and serving food on Capitol Hill.  They handle the catering for many of the meals served across the Capitol complex, both during the legislative session and throughout the year.

These students are working to earn an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts.  As part of their requirements to graduate, students must have 1,500 hours of on-the-job training in addition to their two years of classroom instruction.  Working on Capitol Hill provides these students with the opportunity to earn 1,000 of those required hours.

During the legislative session, the students will prepare and serve more than 30,000 meals utilizing 2,100 pounds of tater tots, 1,500 pounds of chicken, 500 pounds of cheese, 450 pizzas, and 60 gallons of fry sauce.

Thank you SLCC culinary students and good luck in your future careers!

Iraqi Kurdish Parliament Visit to the Capitol

Senator Davis had the opportunity last week to meet with seven members of the Iraqi Kurdish Parliament, which is made up of 111 people; 39 women.  The lawmakers are participants in the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, International Visitor Leadership Program, to learn and examine the legislative process and roles of the leadership within the legislature.  Senator Davis was honored to meet the following leaders:

• Ms. Rozan Abdulkader Ahmad Dizayee, Ph. D

• Mrs. Bayan Ahmed Hasan

• Ms. Susan Yousif Khoshabah

• Mr. Goron Azad Mohammed

• Mr. Sabah Mohammed Najeeb, Ph. D

• Dr. Saman Fawzi Omer

• Mrs. Ashti Aziz Salih

Our Awesome Team of Interns for 2013

The Utah Senate Democrats have an awesome team of interns for the 2013 Legislative Session.  We couldn’t do our jobs without their assistance.  Thanks to all of you!  Check out our lineup below.

The Utah Senate Democrats



From left to right:  Ben Ader (BYU), Senator Dabakis; Keegan Rank (BYU), Senator Mayne; Liz Stubbs (U of U), Senator Davis; Taylor Bouchard (U of U), Senator Jones; Mario Organista (U of U), Senator Robles
Victor Ardiano, Westminster
Senator Gene Davis
Brianna Potter, Brighton High School
Interning for Janeen Halverson
Minority Executive Assistant

Public Encouraged to Contact Utah Senate Democrats

February 4, 2013

Media contact: Jenn Sanchez, Utah Senate Democrats Communications Director

801-403-4817 |


SALT LAKE CITY – The five Democrats in the Utah Senate are excited for the 2013 Utah Legislative Session.  The team of senators is encouraging residents to stay informed about bills and amendments that will affect all Utahns.  The senators are asking the public to contact them with their ideas, questions and opinions. The session ends March 14.

“We are here to listen to everyone who calls Utah home, especially the people who live in our districts,” Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis said. “We want to hear from moms, kids, senior citizens, farmers, business leaders, miners, hospitality and factory workers or anyone who cares about our great state.”

Follow the Utah Senate Democrats or contact them below:

• Blog:

• Facebook:

• Twitter: @Utah_SenateDems

• Senator Gene Davis, Senate Minority Leader

(cell) 801-647-8924 |

Intern: Elizabeth Stubbs,

Appropriations: Executive Appropriations Committee; Business, Economic Development, and Labor and Retirement Appropriations Subcommittee; and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee.

Committees: Business and Labor; Ethics; Retirement and Independent Entities; and Revenue and Taxation.

• Senator Karen Mayne, Senate Minority Whip

(cell) 801-232-6648 |

Intern: Keegan Rank,

Appropriations: Executive Appropriations Committee; Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee; and Retirement and Independent Entities Appropriations Subcommittee

Committees: Business and Labor; Economic Development and Workforce Services; Ethics; Retirement and Independent Entities; Rules; Transportation and Public Utilities and Technology.

• Senator Patricia Jones, Assistant Senate Minority Whip

(cell) 801-647-8482 |

Intern: Taylor Bouchard,

Appropriations: Executive Appropriations Committee; Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee; and Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Committees: Economic Development and Workforce Services; Education; Ethics; Rules; and Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice.

Senator Luz Robles, Senate Minority Caucus Manager

(cell) 801-550-6434 |

Intern: Mario Organista,

Appropriations committees: Executive; and Social Services.

Committees: Ethics; Government Operations and Political Subdivisions; Health and Human Services; and Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice.

Senator Jim Dabakis

(cell) 801-815-3533 |

Intern: Ben Ader,

Appropriations subcommittees: Executive Offices and Criminal Justice; and Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality.

Committees: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment; and Revenue and Taxation.


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Link to press release:

New Leadership Team for Utah Senate Democrats

The Utah Senate Democrats announced the reorganization of the caucus this afternoon.  The following senators constitute the newly elected leadership team:

Senator Gene Davis, Senate Minority Leader

Senator Karen Mayne, Senate Minority Whip

Senator Patricia Jones, Assistant Senate Minority Whip

Senator Luz Robles, Senate Minority Caucus Manager