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WOODS CROSS - Utah Governor Gary L. Herbert announced that he has appointed Sean Reyes as Utah's new attorney general Monday morning.
Reyes will replace the recently-resigned John Swallow, who stepped down following a campaign finance scandal in late November.
Brian Tarbet of Kaysville was named acting attorney general following Swallow's resignation effective December 1.
During the governor's press conference in the Gold Room at the Utah State Capitol, Reyes said Tarbet would continue as his deputy counsel.
The announcement coincided with the news that U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby would not issue a stay on his summary judgement against Utah's traditional marriage - a decision that was handed down Friday afternoon.
Reyes lost to Swallow at the Utah Republican convention in 2012. Swallow was elected and served less than a year before resigning.
According to Reyes' campaign website, he graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1994, and then earned his law degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1997, earning honors.
Reyes practiced for nearly fourteen years at Parsons Behle & Latimer law firm.
Reyes will serve the remainder of Swallow's term, which ends in 2016.
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