ABOUT KATE BRADSHAW
I was appointed to fill a mid-term City Council vacancy when Beth Holbrook resigned to become a UTA Commissioner in November of 2018. Professionally, my background is in government relations, campaigns & fundraising, and association management. My day-job as the Director of Government Affairs for the law firm of Holland & Hart, LLP includes overseeing the firm’s government affairs programs in 8 western states. My personal practice includes representing clients before the Utah Legislature, Governor, and Executive Branch agencies. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, I was the Vice President of the Utah Food Industry Association and Utah Retail Merchants Association where my responsibilities included government affairs, public relations, and PAC donation strategy for the food and retail industries. I also ran my own political consulting and fundraising company that focused on the needs of Utah legislative and local government campaign clients. I began working in politics with the Utah Republican Party and later joined the staff of Speaker Greg Curtis at the Utah State House of Representatives.
I’m a graduate of Westminster College in Honors and History, but perhaps, more importantly, I’m also a graduate of Leo J. Muir Elementary, Mueller Park Jr. High, and Bountiful High School. While at Westminster I played for the Women’s basketball and volleyball teams and completed a Congressional internship for Congressman James V. Hansen in Washington, DC. I currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Utah Business Coalition; as the precinct chair, county delegate, and state delegate for my neighborhood, and I just concluded two terms on the Westminster College Alumni Board including serving as Chairwoman of the Board. While living in Salt Lake City, I served from 2007 to 2012 on the Housing Advisory and Appeals Board, including two years as Chairwoman. The board oversaw issues related to egress, housing codes, and demolition requests among the housing stock of Salt Lake City. In addition, I also served as the East Emerson neighborhood representative to the East Liberty Park Community Council from 2009 to 2012.
My husband, Michael O’Connor, is a teacher at Viewmont High School. In my free time, I’m most likely to be found outdoors as an avid mountain biker, skier, and hiker. As a family, we enjoy camping trips with our dog, Ollie.