Salt Lake City’s 1st openly gay mayor to be sworn in Monday

Jackie Biskupski

Jackie Biskupski Rick Bowmer, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski will be sworn in Monday as the mayor of Salt Lake City, becoming the first openly gay person to hold the office.

The 49-year-old is no stranger to making history in the state. In 1998, she became Utah’s first openly gay lawmaker.

She served in the state House of Representatives until 2011. Since then, she has worked in the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office.

Biskupski defeated two-term incumbent mayor Ralph Becker in November by winning 52 percent of the vote in the state’s liberal capital city.

She will take the oath of office around noon.

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