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John Ulibarri, Utah’s first Latino lawmaker, dies at age 81

John Ulibarri
Posted at 7:04 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 09:04:50-05

Utah’s first Latino state lawmaker, John Ulibarri, a longtime educator and principal in Weber County, died earlier this month at the age of 81, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

His son and namesake, John Ulibarri II, says the legislative distinction mattered to his father. But the senior Ulibarri seemed to prize other aspects of his time as a lawmaker above making history.

“He was happy to be a first, I guess,” he said. “But it wasn’t the first that was the big deal — it was the service.”

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