Jackie Biskupski took office as Salt Lake City mayor on January 4, 2016. Her political career also includes 13 years as a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1998 to 2011, where she made history as the state’s first openly gay elected official.
The Mayor has made economic development, homelessness, air quality, education, and outreach to residents her top priorities. She is committed to creating access to city operations for all. Building a unified city, based on respect for diversity, inclusion, and opportunity are deeply important to her.
She has worked throughout her career to mentor others--particularly young women--in politics, public policy efforts, and leadership. She supports women from all political backgrounds in seeking elected office and positions on boards and commissions.
A Minnesota native, the Mayor earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University. She came to Salt Lake City 25 years ago for a ski trip, fell in love with the outdoors and the people, and never left. She shares her life with her wife Betty Iverson and their two sons, Archie and Jack.
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