Gary Herbert was sworn in as Utah’s 17th governor on August 11, 2009. He was sworn in for his second term on January 7, 2013, and again for a third term on January 2, 2017.
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. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.
Prior to becoming governor, Herbert served as lieutenant governor for five years. In 1990, he was appointed to the Utah County Commission.
Herbert attended Brigham Young University. Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six children and sixteen grandchildren.
Jeanette Herbert, first lady of Utah, was born in Preston, Idaho, and moved with her family as a young child to Springville, Utah. While attending college, she worked as a teller at a local bank, which is where she met her husband, Governor Gary Herbert.
After they were married, the Herberts settled in Orem, Utah, where Governor Herbert founded Herbert & Associates Realtors. In 1985, Mrs. Herbert began a child-care service and preschool, The Kids Connection, which she ran for 23 years.
In addition to her family and business responsibilities, the first lady has been an active member of her community. She served on the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce as chair of the Partners in Education Committee. She also was vice chair of the Utah County Bicentennial Committee and a board member of the Utah Private Child Care Association.
Mrs. Herbert currently serves on the University of Utah’s Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and is honorary chair of the Child Care Committee, Utah Refugee Center. The first lady’s personal initiative, Uplift Families, aims to promote good parenting skills and offers resources to parents throughout the state. She also serves on the boards of the Utah Governor’s Mansion Foundation and the Governor’s Artist Series and is involved with the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation.
The Herberts are the proud parents of six children (three sons and three daughters) and the very proud grandparents of 16 grandchildren. In her free time, the first lady enjoys sewing, decorating and playing golf. Her favorite activity, however, is spending time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom live in Utah County.