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Filipino-American is New Attorney General of Utah

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Gov. Gary Herbert has named Salt Lake City attorney Sean Reyes as Utah’s new attorney general. The 42-year old Sean Reyes is the first ethnic minority to hold such position. Though some circles cite him as Hispanic, some newspaper articles label him with Filipino roots.

Reyes is a Republican and has served for more than 10 years as a small claims judge and two years on the governing body of the Utah State Bar, besides being the president of the Utah Minority Bar. He succeeds John Swallow who recently resigned amid allegations of bribery and influence peddling. Reyes ran for attorney general in 2012 but lost to Swallow.

The announcement comes as Gov. Herbert and the new attorney general’s office are scrambling to halt same-sex marriages in the state.

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