Meet the Governor
Since taking being sworn in as Utah’s 17th governor in Aug. 2009, Gary R.Herbert has led the state’s economy through the most severe economic crisis in nearly a century. His economic vision and strong leadership have positioned Utah as a leading state economy ready to boom.
Gov. Herbert has set the standard: Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. By cultivating an environment in which local business can thrive, Utahns are getting back to work. By fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and investment, Utah is attracting the jobs that will propel our economy for decades to come. And by prioritizing education the Governor is ensuring we have the workforce to power our economy and enhance our life quality.
Governor Herbert was born in American Fork and raised in Orem. After graduating from Orem High School, the Governor served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission.
While attending BYU, the Governor met and married Jeanette Snelson, of Springville. Shortly after their marriage, the Governor joined the Utah National Guard and served for six years as a staff sergeant working with target acquisition, artillery and ground survey.
Following his military service, the Governor began a career in the real estate industry, founding Herbert & Associates Realtors, an Orem-based brokerage firm. He and Jeanette also started a small business, which they operated for 23 years.
The Governor served on the Utah County Commission for 14 years, during which he as president of the Utah Association of Counties and the Utah Association of Realtors, and as a board member of the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce and Utah Water Conservancy District.
Prior to becoming governor, he served as Lieutenant Governor under Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. for nearly five years.
Governor and Mrs. Herbert have six children and 13 grandchildren.