Representative Patrice Arent has devoted much of her professional life to public service. She currently serves as a member of the Utah House of Representatives for Utah House District 36. Patrice is widely known for her ability to collaborate with diverse groups to solve serious problems facing our state.
Patrice is the Co-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 a variety of committees including Government Operations, Public Education Appropriations, Public Utilities, Energy & Technology, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment Interim Committee, and the International Trade and Relations Committee among a variety of other duties. Outside of the legislature, Patrice helps manage a small family business in rural Utah.
Patrice has served in the Utah House and Senate. She has passed over 70 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, outdoor recreation infrastructure and laws that improve education and health care. Patrice has also helped lead successful efforts to provide stronger penalties for identity theft, stop tax fraud and defeat legislative proposals that waste tax dollars.
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, Hale Center Theatre and Electric Vehicle Task Force. She has volunteered at the homeless shelters, local schools, Utah Food Bank, Humane Society, Utah Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and on many political campaigns.
Learn more about Patrice’s legislative work here.
Patrice is a graduate of the University of Utah and Cornell Law School, and has taught at the University of Utah College of Law. She was a division chief in the Utah Attorney General's Office, practiced in a private law firm, and served as Associate General Counsel to the Utah Legislature. She was a law clerk to federal judges in Utah and Illinois.
Earlier in her life, Patrice was a parking lot attendant, gift wrapper, buyer and sales clerk for her family's business, "Arent's Doorway to Fashion." She has said many times that working in a family business taught her the value of hard work and the importance of listening to your customers and providing good, honest service. She was also employed as a waitress, parking lot attendant and a substitute teacher.
Patrice was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She 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 five grandchildren.
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"
- Utah Council for Crime Prevention Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Crime Prevention Efforts"
- 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"
- 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