First Lady Jill Biden is welcomed by Utah friends upon her visit

May 4, 2021, 9:50 PM | Updated: May 5, 2021, 6:59 am
First Lady Utah vaccine mandate...
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave after stepping off Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Washington. In September, the president announced plans for OSHA to issue a rule requiring either the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing for companies with more than 100 workers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SALT LAKE CITY- State Representative Angela Romero said she was “ecstatic” when she got a call from the White House last week saying First Lady Jill Biden was planning a trip to Utah. Romero, who’s a Democrat, was especially pleased that the First Lady would spend her time in Utah visiting her district on the west side of Salt Lake City. 

“I really appreciate the First Lady’s staff and her advance team for working with me and many other community leaders within the Latino/Latina Latinx community,” Romero told KSL Newsradio.

Doctor Biden plans a stop at Glendale Middle School as well as a visit to a pop-up vaccination clinic at Jordan Park.

Salt Lake City School District spokeswoman Yandary Chatwin told KSL’s Dave and Dujanovic that the White House wanted to visit a school that had a Latino population to show diversity, and Glendale Middle School fit that bill. She says Glendale has also made achievements over the past couple of months in terms of academics.

“It’s a lot of logistics and prep, but we are very excited and honored that she would choose to visit one of our schools,” she said.

She said students who are coming in on their remote learning day needed to be screened by security, and also be Covid tested and wear a special kind of mask to be around the first lady, who is vaccinated.

Chatwin said the First Lady will also hear a song from the school’s Ukulele Club and be presented with posters from 5 or 6 students.


Romero says she and State Senator Luz Escamilla, who represents the same west side neighborhoods, want the First Lady to see what’s been done with federal pandemic relief funds.

“Senator Escamilla and I were excited to really highlight our community health worker program, which we got state funding for through the Cares Act.”

Scott Howell says he’s been friends with Joe and Jill Biden since he first began serving in the Utah State Senate in 1989. Then-Senator Biden helped Howell and other Democratic officeholders with a fundraiser. Howell worked on the Biden campaign in the 2020 election and he was also delighted to learn that Jill Biden was coming to Utah.

“I just admire her for being that dedicated, hardworking leader that cares about people,” Howell said.

The First Lady has made several stops in the West in recent weeks. She’ll move on to Las Vegas once she concludes her visit to Utah.

She began a multi-state trip to Western states this week, and she is expected in Utah on Wednesday.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

temple renovations changes to salt lake temple...
Tad Walch, Deseret News

What the bishops knew: Church releases details, timeline about Arizona sex abuse case

A lengthy statement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was issued Wednesday night, regarding an Associated Press story about a church abuse help line.
1 day ago
NWS predicts 'skier's delight' storm, but little impact on our snowpack, Utah's drought...
Mark Jones

Utah experiences another interesting day of weather

Utah experienced an interesting day of weather Wednesday. While Salt Lake City topped the 100-degree mark for the 23rd time this summer, southern Utah was facing more flash flooding.
1 day ago
five year old postal service truck...
Aimee Cobabe

Sandy Police are investigating the vandalism of six church buildings

Authorities in Sandy are looking for the individual or individuals responsible for the vandalism of six church buildings, belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
1 day ago
stewart quantum...
Amanda Dickson

Quantum computing of “great concern” to Rep. Chris Stewart, here’s why

Stewart's concern about quantum computing is linked to encryption, national security, and a potential national security breach.
1 day ago
Spring Canyon fire...
Mark Jones

New fire ignites in Spring Canyon in Carbon County

A fire in Spring Canyon broke out Wednesday afternoon in Carbon County. Fire officials say the fire is inaccessible by ground, and also say it was likely started by lightning.
1 day ago
FILE: Head Coach Ray Scott of the Detroit Pistons  watches his team from the bench circa 1972 durin...
Waverly Golden

NBA Coach Ray Scott on building community, leading a team, and breaking barriers

Learning about the deep-rooted segregation in the United States inspired Ray Scott to bring awareness to the issue both in terms of the NBA and society. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

First Lady Jill Biden is welcomed by Utah friends upon her visit