In 2004, Jenny became the first woman elected to the Salt Lake County Council, where she is currently serving her second, six-year term. On the Council, Jenny has forged consensus on issues affecting the daily lives of County residents. Jenny has led numerous policy initiatives including equality for LGBTQ+ individuals; ethics reform; protecting Utah’s canyons, trails and waterways; tackling the opioid crisis; and criminal justice reform – all while keeping the County budget balanced.
Jenny has been an advocate for women’s interests, minority communities, the underserved and those with disabilities.
In the 2018 election cycle, Jenny was Utah’s Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, winning at convention with over 80% of the vote. Previously, she served as the Chief of Staff to Utah’s U.S. Congressman Bill Orton and was a senior leader on the Salt Lake Olympic Games staff. She is a graduate of Salt Lake City’s East High School, the University of Utah and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. She is the daughter of former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson and Kathy Wilson, an artist and small business owner. Along with her husband, Jenny is raising two teenage sons along with a rescue dog, Puddles.