ABOUT THE GOVERNOR
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has led Utah’s recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.
The Governor is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah’s economy: education, jobs, energy, and self-determination. As a result, Utah has become a premier destination for business, with an unsurpassed quality of life.
The Governor currently serves as Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA). His focus as the leader of the nation’s governors is to make the relationship between states and the federal government more collaborative, highlight state solutions and share best practices between states. The governor believes real solutions are found in the states, the real innovators and laboratories of democracy.
A successful realtor and businessman, the governor saw firsthand how decisions made by public officials can impact private enterprise. He decided to make a difference and served as a Utah County Commissioner where he gained invaluable experience that benefits his decision making today. As Utah’s 17th Governor, he took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the state’s chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor.
Governor Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six children and 16 grandchildren.