Senator Luz Escamilla (UT-1) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.

On November 4, 2008, she was elected to the Utah State Senate representing Senate District 1, becoming the first Latina elected to the Utah State Senate and the first immigrant elected to the Utah State Legislature. She is serving her third term in the Utah State Senate after being reelected in 2012 and 2016. Senator Escamilla serves in the Senate leadership team as the Senate Minority Whip. She has served as Chair of NHCSL’s Banking, Affordable Housing and Credit Task Force since 2018.

In 2005 she was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman as the first Director for the State Office of Ethnic Affairs. In this position, she oversaw the Directors of Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino and Pacific Islander Affairs. She currently works as Vice President for Zions Bank in the Community Development Group representing Zions Bank in community and business relationships across the state of Utah and Idaho. At Zions Bank, she has worked as Director for the Business Resource Center, as well as the Hispanic/Latino Market Manager.

She has served in many capacities in different boards of nonprofit organizations and other agencies. She currently serves on the boards of Girls Scouts of Utah, Primary Children’s Hospital, Rowland Hall, Days of ’47 Rodeo as well as the Women in the Economy Commission.

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