Current and Past Interns
Sean Romney- Intern for Orin Hatch Summer 2011
Born, raised, and educated in Cedar City, it was no surprise that Sean Romney would pursue higher education in the same town. Growing up as the youngest of four boys and one girl to Chris and Karen Romney, Sean came to love his rural surroundings. However, he will be leaving the quiet ambiance of Cedar City for Washington DC during the summer of 2011 for an internship in the office of Senator Hatch. A Spanish major, he dreams of attending law school and is currently practicing for the LSAT in the next year. Law school has been a goal of his since high school. A 2007 Cedar High School graduate, he was an avid athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and soccer as well as captaining his senior year's soccer team. Sean continues playing soccer for the SUU club team every fall. After high school, he rendered two years of service for the LDS church as a missionary in Oklahoma, where he became fluent in Spanish. His interests include camping, sports, playing the guitar, hunting, four-wheeling, and politics.
Joey Caleson -State Legislative Intern 2011
Joey Carlson was born and raised in Price Utah. He is the fourth of five children. He graduated from Carbon High School and went on to serve a mission to Washington State. He attended the College of Eastern Utah and Boise State University before opening Two Brothers Communications, a small chain of cell phone stores with his brother. After five years with the company, he sold his share of the business and returned to school at Southern Utah University. He has recently finished all requirements for his Bachelors degree in political science with a minor in history. He plans to attend law school in the fall with an emphasis in constitutional law. Joey’s background in Utah’s resource-rich rural communities have helped him to see the need to utilize the natural resources that we have in abundance in Utah and throughout the United States. For this reason he plans to remain in politics in some capacity throughout his life. Joey currently resides in Richfield, Utah with his wife and three children. He enjoys being involved in this community where he has headed the annual fourth of July parade committee and has emceed the Miss Richfield pageant numerous times.
Jay Sorenson-State Legislative Intern 2011
Jay David Sorensen Jr. was born on July 4th, 1988, Jay has had an interest in politics since he was a child and now pursues a degree in Political Science at Southern Utah University.
Hillary Blanco-State Legislative Intern 2011
I was born on Oct. 8, 1990 in Salt Lake City and have lived in Layton Utah for the majority of my life. I've been interested in politics since the 9th grade when my Government teacher took our class on a field trip where we got to see new citizens being sworn in. We got to talk with one of the new citizens from Ukraine and heard his story and the troubles he had to go though to become a US citizen. Afterwards we went to a juvenile detention center and saw the other end of the spectrum. It made me really want to get involved with politics so that I could make a positive difference in other people's lives. I'm really enjoying the legislative session and seeing just how many rumors go on about legislators that aren't true. It's interesting that once you really get involved you begin to see things more clearly and understand why things are a certain way. I'm not sure what I want to do yet with my Political Science degree but hope that I can make a difference for good.