After 20 years in the legislature, Rep. Patrice Arent to retire

SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah’s longest-serving lawmakers is retiring.

Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, announced in a statement through the House Minority Caucus that she will retire at the end of 2020.

“My family instilled in me the value of public service and exemplified some of the many ways to have a positive impact on our community. Serving in the Legislature is only one path. In the future, I want to have more time to pursue other paths, including working with some of the wonderful organizations devoted to improving our community and quality of life. I plan to spend more time on our spectacular ski slopes. I also want to travel more—not only to visit with family outside Utah, but to explore new places,” she wrote.

Rep. Arent has been treated for multiple myeloma, but said she is not retiring because of her health condition.

“Thanks to immunotherapy that was not available until recently, I am still able to work 15-hour days and carry on life as usual. I am fortunate to be in good health and expect to live for a very long time,” she wrote.

Rep. Arent was first elected to the legislature in 1996 and has served in both the House and Senate. She is best known for her legislation championing Utah’s air quality, as well as voter-friendly bills. She also created Utah’s Newborn Safe Haven law that allows people to safely drop off an infant to avoid fatalities and abandonments.