Gary Herbert was sworn in as Utah’s 17th governor on August 11, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 7, 2013.
As governor, Herbert is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah’s economy: education, energy, jobs, and the ability of the state to solve its own problems. As a result, Utah is a premier destination for business growth, jobs and an enviable quality of life.
Prior to becoming governor, Herbert served as lieutenant governor for five years. In 1990, he was appointed to the Utah County Commission. During his 14 years as county commissioner, he served 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.
Herbert currently serves as the chair of the Western Governors Association and as an Executive Committee member of the National Governors Association.
Herbert met his wife, Jeanette Snelson at Brigham Young University. Shortly after their marriage, the governor joined the Utah National Guard where he served for six years. He and Jeanette were small business owners for 23 years. The Herberts are proud parents of six children and have 13 grandchildren.