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|35th Mayor of Salt Lake City|
January 4, 2016 – January 6, 2020
|Preceded by||Ralph Becker|
|Succeeded by||Erin Mendenhall|
|Member of the Utah House of Representatives|
from the 30th district
January 1999 – June 2011
|Preceded by||Gene Davis|
|Succeeded by||Brian Doughty|
|Born||January 11, 1966|
Hastings, Minnesota, U.S.
|Education||Arizona State University (BS)|
Jackie Biskupski (born January 11, 1966) is an American Democratic politician, who served as the 35th Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon taking office, Biskupski became Salt Lake City's 35th mayor, the city's first openly gay mayor, and the second female mayor (after Deedee Corradini). She is also a former member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing the 30th District in Salt Lake County from 1999 to 2011.
In 2010, Biskupski adopted a son named Archie. On August 14, 2016, she married longtime partner Betty Iverson, who also has a son (named Jack). She currently lives in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City.
After graduating from college, Biskupski opened her own private-investigation firm, and later went to work for the auto-insurance industry. Biskupski decided to get involved in politics after a 1995 controversy erupted at East High School (Salt Lake City), when the Board of the Salt Lake City School District and the Utah State Legislature tried to eliminate a gay/straight student alliance club.
When elected in 1998 to the Utah House of Representatives she became Utah's first openly gay person elected to a state office. She was re-elected 6 times after that, serving in the legislature for 13 years, before retiring in 2011.
In 2000, Biskupski unsuccessfully combated Utah's ban on adoption by same-sex parents and Utah's sodomy law in response to a 1998 bill sponsored by Utah Representative Nora B. Stephens, R-Davis County: H.B. 103 ("Amendments to Child Welfare").
Mayor of Salt Lake City
Biskupski was elected to the office of Salt Lake City Mayor on November 17, 2015, defeating two-term incumbent Ralph Becker with 51.55% of the vote, receiving 17,290 votes to Becker's 15,840. During her transition, she called for the resignation of most City department heads, drawing criticism from former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and others.
During her first year in office as mayor, Biskupski made local air quality and climate change issues central to her platform, calling for Salt Lake City to be completely run on alternative energy by 2032 and a reduction in carbon emissions by 80% by 2040.
In 2016, Mayor Biskupski called for the creation of the Department of Economic Development.
In September 2016, after a yearlong negotiation, Biskupski announced a new franchise agreement between Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power in which both parties promised to work together to develop clean-energy projects that would enable Salt Lake City to meet its clean energy goals.
Biskupski also focused on finding long-term treatment solutions to Salt Lake City's growing homeless population. In December 2016, the Mayor announced the locations of four new homeless shelters in the capital city, generating substantial controversy concerning the decision on where to put the shelters and the cost of land acquisition.
In 2017, Biskupski approved of Salt Lake City's first Transit Master Plan, which was designed to implement a frequent transit network (FTN), develop pilot programs and partnerships for employer shuttles and on-demand shared ride services, develop enhanced bus corridors, and implement a variety of transit-supportive programs and transit access improvements that overcome barriers to using transit.
In September 2018, Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced the formation of a Commission Against Gun Violence designed to explore policy questions regarding gun violence and to make funding recommendations to be shared with city, county and state officials, as well as the Salt Lake City School District.
In August 2018, Salt Lake City was selected to host the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, the first time a UN conference took place on US soil outside of New York City.
On November 19, 2018, Biskupski led a group of 21 mayors and council members from around Utah in submitting two amicus briefs with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, supporting the cases challenging President Trump's decisions to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante (GSE) and Bears Ears National Monuments. The two cases, The Wilderness Society, et al. v. Donald J. Trump and Hopi Tribe, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, will be heard in the D.C. Court after a federal judge denied the Trump Administration's attempt to have the cases moved to the Utah District Court in Salt Lake City.
In June 2017, Biskupski leads Sierra Club’s “Mayors for 100% Clean Energy,” and joined with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign in a new effort to engage and recruit mayors to endorse a goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy in cities throughout the country.
In July 2019, United States Conference of Mayors formally adopted Resolution 66 introduced by Biskupski, urging congressional action to combat the impact of climate change through a national price on carbon emissions.
In what was regarded to be a surprise, Biskupski announced on March 16, 2019 that she would not be seeking a second term in the 2019 mayoral election, citing "a “serious and complex family situation".
In 2016, Biskupski created Salt Lake City's Department of Economic Development. In July 2016, the Department becomes an official part of SLC government. Since its creation, the new Department has been responsible for attracting or expanding 29 companies in Salt Lake City, resulting in $895,000,000 of capital investment and 9,000 jobs.
In May 2016, Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Rocky Mountain Power CEO Cindy Crane launched a new initiative to double Salt Lake City’s current use of clean solar power. Their program, Subcriber Solar, upped the amount of sustainable energy powering government operations from 6% to 12% in 2016, in line with Biskupski's 2020 goal to have 50% of municipal operations powered by renewable energy, and 100% by 2032.
In July 2016, Mayor Jackie Biskupski launched Climate Positive 2040, Salt Lake City’s initiative to transition the community to 100% renewable energy sources by 2032 (adjusted to 2030 in 2019) and to reduce carbon emissions citywide by 80% by 2040.
On February 13, 2019, Biskupski called on Utah's D.C. delegation to leave America's Clean Car Standards alone. Biskupski spoke against the rollbacks currently being worked by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump administration.
In February 2017, Mayor Biskupski launched the City’s first affordable housing plan in 20-years. GrowingSLC 2017-2022 lays out a plan for policy changes, investment, and direct action to create and preserve affordable housing in Salt Lake City. Since 2017, the City has increased the number of units in the City’s affordable housing pipeline from 200 in 2016 to more than 2,000 today.
In August 2019, from funding from .05% increase in sales-tax, Salt Lake City launches the first phase of City’s Transit Master Plan. Three Frequent Transit Network lines are opened on 900 South, 200 South, and 2100 South.
Under Biskupski's leadership, Salt Lake City's International Airport is being entirely rebuilt to create the nation's first 21st century hub airport, a $3.6-billion-dollar project that does not use a single taxpayer dollar.
In January 2017, in a first of its kind for the State of Utah, Mayor Biskupski issues new City policy providing 6-weeks of paid parental leave for any employee of Salt Lake City government, extending the benefit to recently hired mothers, fathers, and those who become parents through adoption or foster care. Salt Lake County follows Salt Lake City shortly after.
On March 1, 2018 Biskupski signed Salt Lake City's Gender Pay Equity policy which aimed to eliminate systemic bias and discrimination that adds to the under valuation of work performed by women it requires Human Resources to conduct regular audits on gender pay equity and specifically, the policy prohibits individuals participating in City hiring processes from asking an applicant about their current or past salary history.
Utah Inland Port
Biskupski has been a vocal opponent of the Utah Inland Port in its current legal state. Issues cited by Biskupski include loss of local control of the land, lack of transparency in the decision-making process, and environmental disruption.
On March 11, 2019, Biskupski directed the Salt Lake City's Attorney's Office to bring a lawsuit against the port, challenging the legality of the legislation underlying the port's creation.
In July 2019, Mayor Biskupski unveiled new wheelchair lift trailers to expand emergency services response by police, fire.
In February 2018, Biskupski launches the Arts for All program which provides eligible residents the opportunity to receive up to four free tickets per year to select performances at the Eccles Theater. To be eligible to enter the ticket drawing, residents must receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or be eligible for free or reduced school lunches.
Voting record: Utah Legislature
|Date||Bill No.||Bill Title||Outcome||Vote|
|Jan. 26, 2006||HB 109||Sales and Use Tax on Food||Passed - House||Y|
|Jan. 27, 2006||1SHB 85||Parental Consent for Minors Abortion Bill||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 9, 2006||1SHB 10||Dating Violence Protective Orders Bill||House||Co-Sponsor|
|Feb. 13, 2006||1SHB 10||Dating Violence Protective Orders Bill||Failed - House||Y|
|Feb. 20, 2006||HB 329||Big Game Hunting Age||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 20, 2006||1SHB 107||Full-Day Kindergarten||Passed-House||Y|
|Feb. 22, 2006||1SHB 181||Education Reform Bill||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 27, 2006||3SSB 96||Origin of Species Curriculum Requirement Bill||Failed - House||N|
|Feb. 28, 2006||1SSB 19||Additions to Smoking Ban||Passed - House||N|
|March 1, 2006||3SHB 109||Food Tax Cut||Concurrence Vote Passed - House||Y|
|March 1, 2006||2SSB 19||Additions to Smoking Ban||Conference Report Adopted - House||Y|
|May 24, 2006||2SHB 3001||2006-2007 Transportation Budget Amendments||Conference Report Adopted - House||Y|
|Jan. 31, 2007||HB 224||Repeal of Exemptions from Nonresident Tuition||Motion Rejected - House||N|
|Feb. 2, 2007||HB 148||Parent Choice in Education Act||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 12, 2007||2SHB 235||Abortion Law Revisions||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 21, 2007||4SHB 236||Student Clubs Amendments||Concurrence Vote Passed - House||N|
|Dec. 20, 2007||HB 85||Teacher Home Loan Program||House||Co-Sponsor|
|Feb. 1, 2008||HB 237||Immigration Enforcement||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 4, 2008||HR 1||North American Union Withdrawal||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 5, 2008||HB 85||Teacher Home Loan Program||Passed - House||Y|
|Feb. 11, 2008||HB 239||Driver's License Requirements||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 12, 2008||HB 241||Restricting In-State Tuition Eligibility||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 12, 2008||HB 137||Water Conservation Program||Failed - House||Y|
|Feb. 15, 2008||HB 75||State Inventory of Government Activities||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 18, 2008||HB 295||Policies for Electronic Devices at School||Failed - House||Y|
|March 3, 2008||SB 81||Expanding Immigration Enforcement||Passed - House||N|
|March 4, 2008||SB 297||Increasing Penalties for Animal Cruelty||Passed - House||Y|
|March 4, 2008||SB 211||Amending Alcohol Regulations||Passed - House||N|
|March 5, 2008||SB 299||Domestic Partnership Benefits||Passed - House||N|
|March 5, 2008||SB 149||Expanding Minimum Automotive Insurance Coverage||Passed - House||Y|
|March 5, 2008||HB 359||Tax Law Amendments||Passed - House||N|
|March 5, 2008||HB 15||Sexually Transmitted Disease Education||Passed - House||Y|
|Jan. 26, 2009||HB 17||Allowing Doctors to Prescribe Antibiotics to Unnamed Sexual Partners||House||Co-Sponsor|
|Jan. 29, 2009||HB 17||Allowing Doctors to Prescribe Antibiotics to Unnamed Sexual Partners||Passed - House||Y|
|Feb. 3, 2009||HB 90||Increasing Illegal Abortion Penalty||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 5, 2009||SB 25||Online Voter Registration||Passed - House||Y|
|Feb. 5, 2009||SB 16||Prohibiting "Gang Loitering"||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 10, 2009||HB 345||Regulating Former Lawmakers in Lobbying||House||Co-Sponsor|
|Feb. 18, 2009||HB 122||Restricting Access to Government Litigation Records||Passed - House||Y|
|March 4, 2009||SB 29||Authorizing Corporate Water Systems to Refuse Fluoridation||Passed - House||N|
|March 4, 2009||HJR 8||Mandating Secret Ballots||Passed - House||N|
|March 5, 2009||HB 179||Authorizing Land Swap for Development of UTA Rail Station||Passed - House||N|
|March 9, 2009||HB 379||Environmental Lawsuit Delay Bond||Passed - House||N|
|March 9, 2009||HB 171||Extending CHIP and Medicaid Coverage to Children of Documented Immigrants||Passed - House||Y|
|March 10, 2009||SB 79||Elevating Standard of Proof for Specific Medical Malpractice Lawsuits||Passed - House||N|
|March 10, 2009||SB 53||Prohibiting the Awarding of Legal Fees to Plaintiffs in Public Interest Lawsuits||Passed - House||N|
|March 11, 2009||SB 48||Amending Requirements for Obtaining Teaching Licenses||Failed - House||N|
|March 11, 2009||SB 208||Posting Public Notices Online||Passed - House||N|
|March 11, 2009||SB 187||Alcohol Law Amendments||Passed - House||Y|
|March 12, 2009||SJR 14||Legislative Regulation of Death Row Appeals||Joint Resolution Failed - House||N|
|March 12, 2009||HB 290||Prohibiting Text Messaging While Driving||Concurrence Vote Passed - House||Y|
|Feb. 8, 2010||HB 18||Expanding Unemployment Insurance Eligibility||Passed - House||Y|
|Feb. 10, 2010||SB 11||Federal Arms Regulation Exemption||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 16, 2010||HCR 8||Statement of Opposition to Federal Health Care Proposal||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 24, 2010||SB 55||Authorizing Higher Education Institutions to Authorize Charter Schools||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 24, 2010||HB 227||Lawful Presence Documentation Requirement for Business Licensing||Passed - House||N|
|March 11, 2010||SB 251||Requiring Businesses Utilize Federal E-Verify Program||Passed - House||N|
|Jan. 26, 2011||HB 219||Official State Gun Designation||Passed - House||Y|
|Feb. 16, 2011||HB 75||Guns On School Premises||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 18, 2011||HB 70||Identifying Undocumented Immigrants||Passed - House||N|
|Feb. 25, 2011||HB 155||Cycling Law Amendments||Passed - House||Y|
|March 9, 2011||SB 73||Public School Teacher Tenure Modifications||Passed - House||N|
|May 6, 2011||HB 328||Transportation Funding Revisions||Veto-Override Passed-House||N|
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You're putting people through tremendous anguish. It's so arrogant and unnecessary," said Anderson, who supported Biskupski during the campaign. "Longtime employees have been using words like 'appalled,' 'shocked,' 'angry' and 'unprecedented.'
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I don't remember on a city level such a comprehensive call for department heads to submit their resignations prior to a new mayor taking office
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- "Utah Mayors and Council Members file amicus briefs in cases challenging Trump Administration action on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments". www.slc.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
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