Raised in Salt Lake City, Representative Arent is a graduate of the University of Utah and Cornell Law School. She has devoted much of her professional life to public service. She currently represents House District 36 in the Utah House of Representatives and has also served in the Utah Senate. Patrice is widely known for her ability to collaborate with diverse groups to solve serious problems facing our state.
Patrice has passed over 80 bills during her legislative career, including several clean air bills, legislation prohibiting smoking in cars when children are passengers, Utah’s Newborn Safe Haven law, consumer protection legislation, campaign finance reform, legislation to reduce identity theft, outdoor recreation infrastructure improvements, and laws that improve education and health care. Patrice has also helped lead successful efforts to stop tax fraud and defeat legislative proposals that waste tax dollars. In addition to her other responsibilities, she is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Legislature’s bipartisan Clean Air Caucus, Co-Chair of the House Ethics Committee, Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Cultural Caucus, and Co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators.
Prior to her legislative service, Patrice was a division chief in the Utah Attorney General's Office, worked in a private law firm, and served as Associate General Counsel to the Utah Legislature. She has also taught at the University of Utah College of Law.
As an active community volunteer, Patrice has served on the boards of many organizations. Some of these include Envision Utah, Ronald McDonald House, University of Utah Hospital, Utah Women’s College Task Force, Governor’s Clean Air Action Team, United Jewish Federation, and Hale Center Theatre.
Patrice loves to spend time with her family, travel, hike, and attend theater and musical performances. Patrice and her husband David Mock are the proud parents of four children and six grandchildren. Together they manage a small family business in rural Utah.
Patrice has been recognized for her work by a number of organizations, including:
- Utah Women Lawyers "Christine Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year Award"
- HEAL Utah 'Inspired Leadership Award"
- Utah Society of Professional Journalists "Sunshine Award"
- “Alice Merrill Horne Legislative Champion Award”
- Utah Council for Crime Prevention Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Crime Prevention Efforts"
- Utah Clean Energy "Legislative Leadership Award"
- Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities "Hero on the Hill Award"
- Utah Democratic Party's "Eleanor Roosevelt Award"
- Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce "Pathfinder Award" and "Business Champion Award"
- Utah Girl Scout Council "Yesterday's Girl Scout, Today's Successful Woman Award"
- University of Utah - honored as one of the "25 Distinguished Women in Utah"
- Utah State Judicial Council Award recognizing "Outstanding Contributions to the State Courts and Community"
- Utah Bar Association "Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award" for outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession
- Utah Medical Association "Distinguished Legislative Service Award" and "Environmental Health Award"