SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Democratic Party mourns the death of the longest-serving state legislator in Utah history.
Former Rep. Beverly “Bev” White died at the age of 92 on May 24 in Taylorsville, according to her obituary.
The party remembered her as one of “Utah’s greatest champions and trailblazers.”
“A fearless advocate for women’s rights, Representative White has passionately served her community and Utah with dedication for 22 years in the Utah House of Representatives, becoming the longest-serving lawmaker in our state’s history. The immense impact of Representative White on Democrats in Utah, and our state as a whole cannot be overstated, ”party officials said in a statement.
Among her accomplishments as a state representative from the 1970s to the 1990s, White served as chair of the House Social Services Committee and sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment in Utah. She was also the first woman appointed to the Utah Pardons Council, according to her obituary.
According to Utah State University, White helped establish the Children’s Justice Center in Tooele and worked for the Tooele Adult Probation and Parole Office until his retirement at age 78.
His family remembers his love for politics.
“Bev loved all aspects of the political spectrum.… She was proud to be a Democrat and there was never a time in her life that she didn’t love this great country. An American flag has flown in her yard ever since. for decades Neighbors affectionately called her home “The White House” at 122 Russell Ave. “her obituary reads.
White also helped establish a satellite campus for Utah State University at Toolele. She received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2017, according to her family.
His funeral was on Friday morning.
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