Public Servant Award 2017



Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes
21st Attorney General of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah   
In 2013, at the age of 42, the Honorable Sean D. Reyes was appointed by Governor
Gary Herbert as Utah’s 21st Attorney General. General Reyes took over an office
racked with scandal and inefficiency in the midst of some of the most significant
constitutional issues in state history. Within his first year, he reorganized and
reenergized the office while recapturing the trust of the State with striking leadership,
innovative programs and historic wins against human traffickers, drug dealers,
child predators and white collar criminals.

After winning elections in 2014 and 2016 by some of the largest margins nationwide,
the Utah AG Office under Reyes’ leadership was honored by the National Association
of Attorneys General for submitting the Top Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court while
also winning consecutive Best of State awards for outstanding government agency and
top elected official. Reyes and his administration were also highlighted as finalists for
the Daniels Fund Ethics in Government Award.

Appointed by Congress and the President of the United States, Reyes conducted public hearings throughout the country to advise the Administration and Congress on Latino issues, and is an active surrogate for the RNC’s Asian American and Pacific Islander outreach program. In 2008, Reyes received the Asian Business Professional of the Year award from the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Salt Lake City Utah for success in business and his service to the local AAPI
community. From 2006 to 2013, he founded and was an advisory board member of the Utah Asian Chamber of
Commerce, where he helped mentor and advise the Chamber on range of issues, facilitated strategic planning and hosted, moderated and emceed numerous Chamber events.

In 2015, Reyes was selected by the Republican National Committee as a national rising star and in 2016 was asked to become an advisor on the Trump campaign’s AAPI and Hispanic committees. In August 2016, General Reyes was asked to surrogate on behalf of now President Trump across from President Bill Clinton at a town hall hosted by the Asian American Journalists Association and Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote at Caesars Palace.

Most recently, General Reyes joined Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) in February 2017 in Haiti along with Haiti’s Minor Protection Brigade (BPM) and Haitian authorities to successfully complete another undercover rescue
mission that resulted in the arrest of nine traffickers and rescue of 29 girls suspected to be sex trafficking victims. O.U.R. spent two months, alongside Haitian officials, developing this investigation, meeting with the traffickers, and setting up the operation to ensure the safety of the victims and jump team including Reyes. In addition to helping lead
investigations and prosecutions of traffickers domestically and abroad, Reyes has quickly become a worldwide expert in the field who is sought out globally for his experience. He has helped train law enforcement leaders and policy makers in Cuba, Turkey, Mexico, Nigeria, Haiti and Colombia to name some countries and has hosted leaders fighting trafficking from dozens of other countries.

The son of a Spanish-Filipino immigrant father, who fled the Marcos regime and a Japanese-Hawaiian mother, General Reyes is Utah’s first minority elected statewide. He and his wife, Saysha, are the proud parents of six children.