Eleanor Roosevelt Award 2017

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the

2017 Eleanor Roosevelt Award is

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck

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A Utah native, Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of Utah. She has represented Salt Lake City’s District 24 in the Utah House of Representatives since 2008 and focuses on public policy related to health and human services as well as voter engagement and access.

She serves on the Governor’s Multicultural Commission, as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative Clean Air Caucus, and as co-chair (along with Rep. Becky Edwards) on Utah’s Women in the Economy Commission.   Past appointments that have influenced her policy agenda include service on former Governor Jon Huntsman’s Commission to Strengthen Utah’s Democracy, Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid Working Group and the legislative Health Reform Task Force.  Her legislative committee assignments include the social services appropriations subcommittee, as well as health & human services, government operations, and economic development & workforce services standing and interim committees.

Rebecca’s passion for social justice advocacy and desire to develop progressive public policy was forged in the multicultural community of Bingham Canyon, where her parents met. Rebecca’s compassion for the less fortunate, pride in cultural diversity, commitment to the environment, and support for our public education system was undoubtedly shaped by her parents’ influence.

Rebecca served as a public affairs staffer for a number of local Utah nonprofits from 1985 to 2007 and cultivated a parallel “career” as a volunteer for nonprofits ranging from Envision Utah to the ACLU to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.  She has taught a variety of classes as adjunct faculty for the U of U’s MPA program.  She is a past Utah State Democratic Party Executive Committee Member-at-Large (1993-95), past 2nd Vice Chair of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party (1999-2001), former Vice Chair of Utah Young Democrats (1987-88), and former Vice Chair of the Utah Hispanic Democratic Caucus (1994-99).

Rebecca and her husband, Martin Houck, live in Salt Lake City’s Avenues area and have two children, Erica and Michael.