|21st Attorney General of Utah|
December 23, 2013
|Preceded by||John Swallow|
|Relations||Ramon Magsaysay (uncle)|
|Residence||Cottonwood Heights, Utah|
|Alma mater||UC Berkeley School of Law
Brigham Young University
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Early Life and Education
Reyes received his bachelors degree from BYU in 1994 and his law degree from UC Berkeley in 1997.
Reyes was a lawyer at Parsons Behle & Latimer. Immediately before being appointed attorney general he was serving as general counsel for Springville, Utah based eTAGz. After his work with PB&L, Reyes formed Reyes Legal Management and was also a partner with venture capital firm Accelerate Ventures.
Reyes has also served on the boards of many non-profit institutions, including one conducting education against fraud. He has also involved with the National Commission on Museum for American Latino.
Reyes also served as a small claims judge for the 3rd District Court of Utah.
Reyes ran for Attorney General of Utah in 2012 against John Swallow. He lost the primary election with a margin of 69 to 32 percent. In December, 2013, John Swallow resigned from office. Reyes was then selected as one of three candidates by the GOP State Central Committee on Dec 14, 2013. Governor Gary Herbert appointed Reyes as the next Attorney General of Utah on Dec 23, 2013.
Immediately after taking office, Reyes vowed to appeal Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that struck down Amendment 3, the state's same-sex marriage ban. The estimated $2 million price tag in appealing Shelby's ruling was considered an "outright waste" by LGBTQ advocates and criticized in some mainstream media outlets, including The Advocate, Daily Kos, and ThinkProgress. In response, Reyes stated "We're willing to spend whatever it takes to protect the laws and the will of the people" and that "everyone benefits from appealing the case."
- "Gov. Gary Herbert names Sean Reyes as Utah attorney general". Deseret News. December 23, 2013.
- Romboy, Dennis (June 18, 2012), "Utah GOP Candidates Sean Reyes, John Swallow engage in nasty battle", Deseret News
- "Meet Sean", SeanReyes.com (Sean Reyes for Utah Attorney General)
- "Gov. names Sean Reyes as Utah attorney general". Daily Herald. Associated Press. December 23, 2013.
- Bruckman, Ryan (December 23, 2013), Governor Appoints Sean D. Reyes as Attorney General, "Press Room", AttorneyGeneral.Utah.gov (Office of the Attorney General of Utah)
- Sean D. Reyes, "Team", AccelerateVentures.com (Accelerate Ventures), archived from the original on 2013-12-25
- Romboy, Dennis (June 26, 2012). "Swallow beats Reyes in AG race; Dougall wins for auditor". KSL.com (KSL-TV).
- Farinas, Gerald (30 December 2013). "New Utah attorney general vows to defend same-sex marriage ban". Chicago Phoenix. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Gehrke, Robert (30 December 2013). "Reyes tackles tall tasks as Utah’s new attorney general". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Juengling, Konrad (6 January 2014). "Utah’s appeal of same-sex marriage ruling ‘outright waste’". Gay Salt Lake. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Anderson-Minshall, Diane. "Utah to Spend Whopping $2 Million to Fight Marriage". The Advocate. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Boerl, Dr. Christopher (30 December 2013). "Utah to Spend $2 Million Fighting Marriage Equality, Questions Arise Regarding Fiscal Values". Daily Kos. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Ford, Zack (6 January 2014). "Utah’s Novel Argument: Banning Same-Sex Marriage Encourages ‘Diversity’ In Parenting". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Roche, Lisa Roche (30 December 2013). "Attorney General Sean Reyes takes oath, poised to appeal gay marriage ruling". Deseret News. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- O'Donoghue, Amy Joi (December 23, 2013), "Sean Reyes vows to restore 'integrity' to Utah Attorney General's Office", Deseret News
- O'Donoghue, Amy Joi (23 December 2013). "New A.G. Sean Reyes pledges to 'raise the bar'". KSL News. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- "REAL LAWTER REAL LEADER REAL EXPERIENCE". SeanReyes.com. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
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