GOVERNOR GARY R. HERBERT
State of Utah
As Utah’s 17th governor, Governor Gary R. Herbert took the oath of office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the state’s chief executive, Governor Herbert served as lieutenant governor for five years. Governor Herbert has led Utah’s recovery efforts from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting new business and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish. Despite the fact that the State of Utah is constantly recognized as one of the best managed states in the nation, Governor Herbert continues to challenge Utah’s state agencies and employees to stretch taxpayer dollars by working smarter, more effectively and more efficiently—especially given Utah’s significant population growth as anticipated over the next several years.