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WiLL Pacesetter Profile: State Rep. Jennifer Seelig

We were thrilled to honor Representative Jen Seelig (UT) as one of this year’s Pacesetter legislators! In 2010 Representative Seelig led the successful effort in Utah’s House of Representatives to pass a resolution in support of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Because Utah is downwind from the nuclear test site in Nevada its residents have a unique understanding of the health and environmental impacts of nuclear testing. This legacy means the test ban is particularly personal for many in Utah including several of its state legislators. Rep. Seelig partnered with legislators from both sides of the aisle including other WiLL members to build support for the resolution, ultimately leading to a unanimous vote in its favor! To learn more about the effects of nuclear testing, read about the Day of Remembrance for Downwinders on January 27th here.

Representative Seelig has been involved in politics and public service for more than decade at a policy-making and leadership level. She was a policy and research analyst for the Salt Lake City Council between 1995 and 2000, handling such sensitive and critical issues relating to crime control, budget compliance within the administrative office, community relations, and public meetings involving the City Council. She served as a policy and research analyst for Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson between 2000 and 2001, with primary responsibility for the Americans with Disabilities Act and for a broad range of policy issues that required thoughtful evaluation and review before being presented to the Mayor for action. She additionally served as the communication and legislative policy analyst for the Utah League of Cities and Towns, which acts as an advocate for issues vital to residential communities across the state.

Representative Seelig was elected in November of 2006 to serve in the Utah House of Representatives. She serves on the Executive Appropriations, Political Subdivisions, and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice committees, as well as on the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. In 2010 Representative Seelig was elected Minority Whip by the House Democratic Caucus.

She is currently finishing a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Utah. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah and a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville.

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