Meet Jacquelyn…

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Jacquelyn has a long history of fighting for children, LGBTQ+ youth, women, working families, seniors and the marginalized in all areas of our community — locally and nationally. She will put the same heart and energy that has driven her service for four decades to work for you representing House District 24 on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

Jacquelyn brings a wealth of unique experience that qualifies her to serve as your HD 24 Representative:

        • As Lead Lobbyist for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), she helped author and pass into law legislation that protects consumers and provides incentives for establishing financial services in underserved low-income and rural communities. She attended three White House bill signings in three years and added five amendments that were passed into law.
        • She led the national grassroots campaign to reinstate AP Test Fee Waivers for low-income students after they were removed from the 2012 Omnibus US Budget, saving families and students millions of dollars in college expenses.
        • She served as Co-Director for the Credentials Office of Bill Clinton’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, where she worked directly with the US Secret Service Presidential detail, FBI, Joint Congress Inaugural Committee, Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairmen and the White House to manage all passes for President Clinton’s 27 official inaugural events.
        • Currently, she advocates and lobbies for Domestic Poverty-related and Children’s Policy issues to the US Congress/Senate and Utah Legislature with RESULTS Utah.
        • She is a recipient of Utah Bar Association Outstanding Leadership Award.

Jacquelyn has a long history of fighting for justice and causes she believes in.  

        • She magnified voices of abused and neglected children as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a foster child for over seven years.
        • Jacquelyn served on the General Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the US House Banking Committee in Washington DC, investigating and bringing to justice members of congress during the House Banking scandal.
        • She mentors and supports at-risk LGBTQ+ youth in her home and in the community.She organized the successful international press/social media response in support of her longtime friend, Leigh Corfman (Roy Moore’s 14 year old victim) during the 2017 Alabama US Senate Special Election.
        • Jacquelyn has chaired dozens of events and committees that span a myriad of causes, including the Utah Heart Ball, the Endowments Committee for the Salt Lake School Board Foundation, the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health and the National Race for the Cure (then the world’s largest 5K race).

Jacquelyn’s passion for and knowledge of the issues that affect our children and public education system is demonstrated by her decades of advocacy for access to quality education for children of all backgrounds and abilities.

        • 7000+ volunteer hours in Salt Lake City schools.
        • Served on Salt Lake School Board Foundation, SCC at both West and Innovations High Schools, and the Weber School Board Foundation.
        • Counsels/Counseled 100+ students, most from marginalized backgrounds and communities, earn college scholarships and gain admittance to top universities through her volunteer services as a college admissions and scholarship advisor since 2008.
        • Coaches West High School’s champion Mock Trial Teams since 2009.
        • Along with her sons, founded and manages Science and Literacy Academic Camps for underserved and impoverished children on Utah’s Navajo Reservation since 2010.

Jacquelyn and her late husband, former US Rep. Bill Orton (D-UT3), have two sons, Will and Wesley, both of whom attended and graduated from Salt Lake City public schools. Will graduated from Brown University in 2017 and is currently employed by Brown. Wes is a third-year student at The University of Virginia