State Representative, House District 36
Home Phone: 801-272-1956
Cell Phone: 801-889-7849
Work Phone: 801-326-1515
Cell Phone: 801-889-7849
Representative Patrice Arent was born and raised in Salt Lake City. Patrice graduated from the University of Utah and Cornell Law School, and she has devoted much her professional life to public service.
Patrice has served as a member of the Democratic Leadership in the Utah House of Representatives and previously served in the Utah Senate and House. She is widely known for her ability to collaborate with diverse groups to solve some of the serious problems facing our state. Patrice has passed nearly seventy bills during her legislative career, including several clean air bills, legislation prohibiting smoking in cars when children are passengers, Utah’s Safe Haven (baby drop-off) law, consumer protection legislation, campaign finance reform, and laws that improve education and health care. Patrice has also helped lead successful efforts to stop tax fraud, provide stronger penalties for identity theft, and defeat legislative proposals that waste tax dollars.
Patrice is the Vice Chair of the House Ethics Committee, Co-Chair of the Utah Legislature’s bipartisan Clean Air Caucus (which she founded), Chair of the Utah Newborn Safe Haven Advisory Committee and Co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators. She currently serves on over a dozen legislative committees, including Management, Executive Appropriations, Government Operations, Economic Development & Workforce Services, and Public Utilities, Energy & Technology. In addition to serving in the legislature, Patrice also helps manage a small business.
An active community volunteer, Patrice has served on a number of boards, including Envision Utah, Ronald McDonald House, University of Utah Hospital, Utah Women’s College Task Force, Governor’s Clean Air Action Team, Hale Center Theatre, United Jewish Federation, Congregation Kol Ami, and Electric Vehicle Task Force. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, homeless shelters, local schools, Utah Food Bank, Humane Society, and many political campaigns. Additionally, Patrice is the Democratic Committeewoman for Utah and serves on the Executive Committee of the Utah Democratic Party.
Patrice was a Division Chief in the Attorney General’s Office, taught at the University of Utah College of Law, served as Associate General Counsel to the Utah Legislature, and worked in a private law firm. Earlier in her life, Patrice spent time working as a waitress, as well as a parking lot attendant, gift wrapper, buyer and seller for her family’s clothing store.
Patrice has received a number of awards, including:
- Utah Women Lawyers “Christine Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year Award”
- HEAL Utah “Inspired Leadership Award”
- Utah Society of Professional Journalists “Sunshine Award”
- Utah Medical Association “Distinguished Legislative Service Award” and “Environmental Health Award”
- Utah Clean Energy “Legislative Leadership Award”
- Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities “Hero on the Hill Award”
- Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce “Pathfinder Award”
- Utah Council for Crime Prevention Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Crime Prevention Efforts”
Patrice and her husband, David Mock, are the proud parents of four children and four grandchildren.