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Luz Robles

Luz Robles
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Preceded by Fred J. Fife
Personal details
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Salt Lake City, Utah
Alma mater University of Utah
Occupation Banker, business consultant
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Luz Robles is the Senator for the Utah State Senate's Republican Carlton Christensen for the seat November 4, 2008 after having beaten incumbent Sen. Fred Fife for the party nomination earlier that year.

Personal life and education

The daughter of two Mexican college professors, Robles was born and raised in Mexico, and didn't immigrate to the United States until her early 20s.[1] After moving to the United States in 1996, Robles earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Utah in business marketing in 2000. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration, which she earned from the University of Utah in 2005. Robles has one daughter with her husband, Jorge.[2] Robles is a director for the Zions Bank Business Resource Center. She is a Mormon.[3]

Political career

Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. appointed Robles to the State Office of Ethnic Affairs in 2005. Robles has been a diversity coordinator for the Utah Domestic Violence Council and a health policy analyst for Utah Issues. She has also been affiliated with the University of Utah's College of Social and Behavioral Science, Valley Mental Health, Regence Caring Foundation, Utah Health Policy Project, the Autism Council of Utah, and the Medical Advisory Committee and the Ethnic Health Advisory Committee for Utah's Department of Health.[2]

Robles was first elected to the Utah State Senate in 2008, and was re-elected in 2012. She serves on the Executive Appropriations Committee, Ethics Committee, Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee, Health and Human Services Committee, and the Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee.[4]

During the 2011 Legislative Session, Robles pioneered groundbreaking immigration reform legislation, SB60, that would issue illegal immigrants already living in Utah an "accountability card" that would give them the right to work without changing their legal status. Immigrants would have to pass a criminal background check and learn English to obtain the permit. Immigration experts have hailed Robles' immigration bill – and Robles herself – as "ground breaking" and "creative." While her SB60 did not pass, it was a model for a guest worker program that ultimately did pass the 2011 Legislature.[5] Robles has also proposed a bill that would protect the rights of fathers against fraudulent adoption practices.[6]

Robles is running for Congress in Utah's 2nd congressional district. The seat is currently held by Republican incumbent Chris Stewart.[7]

External links

  • Utah State Legislature – Senator Luz Robles official government website
  • Project Vote Smart – Senator Luz Robles (UT) profile
  • Follow the Money – Luz Robles
    • 2008 campaign contributions

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