Jani Iwamoto

Jani Iwamoto
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office
January 2015
Preceded by Patricia Jones
Personal details
Born Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Steve
Profession Attorney

Jani Iwamoto is a Democratic member of the Utah Senate, representing the 4th District since 2014. Previously she served as a council member of the Salt Lake County Council.[1]

Personal Life, Education, and Career

Iwamoto was born and raised in Salt Lake County. She graduated from Highland High School and got a degree in mass communications from the University of Utah. She then obtained a legal degree from University of California at Davis. After graduation she practiced law as a partner and litigator in northern California. After living in California for several years she moved back to Utah. Once back in Utah she became more politically active. She first began working with the No! coalition, which sought to keep high level nuclear wast out of Utah. Later she was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. to serve on the Central Utah Water Conservancy District Board of Trustees, and the Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Committee. Iwamoto is married and has two children, she currently resides in Holladay, Utah.[2]

Political career

Iwamoto's first elected position was serving on the Salt Lake County Council as a councilmember. She served from 2009-2013. In 2014 she ran for the Utah State 4th district Senate seat, and won. Since 2014 she has been serving as the senator for this district. She currently does not hold any leadership position in the legislature.[3]

In 2016, Senator Iwamoto served on the following committees in the legislature

Electoral history

2014 Utah State Senate election District 4[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sabrina Peterson 13,084 40
Democratic Jani Iwamoto 19,602 60


2016 sponsored bills

Bill Title and Number

Bill Status

S.B. 81 Redistricting Advisory Commission Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.B. 140 Home and Community-Based Services Amendments Governor Signed 3/28/2016
S.B. 185 Labor Ready Amendments Governor Signed 3/21/2016
S.B. 192 Study on Claims Exceeding Statutory Limit Governor Signed 3/18/2016
S.B. 196 Retail Bag Impact Reduction Program Senate/Filed for bills not passed 3/10/2016
S.C.R. 7 Concurrent Resolution Honoring Those Who Have Assisted Korean War Veterans Governor Signed 2/12/2016
S.C.R 13 Concurrent Resolution Honoring Randy Horiuchi Governor Signed 3/28/2016

Notable legislation

In 2016 Senator Iwamoto sponsored a bill that would have charged a dime for the use of plastic or paper bags. The bill did not pass, but Senator Iwamoto has said she will bring the bill back and attempt to pass it again during the 2017 legislative session.[5]


  1. "District 4 Senator - Utah State Senate". senate.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  2. "Jani Iwamoto". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  3. "District 4 Senator - Utah State Senate". senate.utah.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  4. "Jani Iwamoto - Ballotpedia". ballotpedia.org. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  5. "The Utah State Legislature's done. Here's what they did to your life". fox13now.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.


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