Governor News & Media
SALT LAKE CITY - The Second District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Michael D. Lyon, effective September 1, 2013. The Second Judicial District includes Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.
Jul 01 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - What will Utah look like in 10, 20 or 50 years from now? This summer, Governor Herbert is asking the public to help decide.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and Treasurer Richard K. Ellis announced today the affirmation of the State's AAA general obligation bond rating by all three bonding agencies - Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service, and Fitch Ratings. Utah is one of only nine states to earn a AAA bond rating by all three of the rating agencies, also known as a "triple-triple" rating.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert wants his office to be accessible to the people of Utah. No matter their concern or comment, citizens of the Beehive State should be able to communicate with their elected officials and their staff. As a result, the Utah Governor's Office includes a team of responsive, citizen-oriented Constituent Services professionals that can be reached by phone, email or internet.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act:
SALT LAKE CITY - With a distinguished public service career spanning thirty years, Executive Director of the Utah Dept. of Human Services (DHS) Palmer DePaulis announced his retirement today. The Governor praised DePaulis for both his service and his character.
SALT LAKE CITY - Last Thursday Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert sent an official letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detailing Utah's support for the Tier 3 Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards Program (Tier 3 Program).
Jun 22 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Early Thursday morning Governor Gary R. Herbert was notified that the son of a leader within his Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) executive protection detail died suddenly in a tragic accident while serving a mission in Guatemala for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Siosiua "Josh" Taufa is the second oldest son of UHP Sergeant Aiveni "Ivan" Taufa.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed five members to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission in accordance with S.B. 86 Independent Executive Branch Ethics Commission. S.B. 86, passed by the 2013 Legislature, created the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and requires the Governor appoint two former elected officials, one former judge and two citizens.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Col. Keith D. Squires the Commissioner of Public Safety. The appointment follows a nationwide search to replace retiring Commissioner Lance Davenport. As the department's current Deputy Commissioner, Director of Emergency Management and the Governor's Homeland Security Advisor, Squires has assisted in the oversight responsibility for 1,573 Department of Public Safety employees and a budget of $190 million.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's economy in May continued to grow at a healthy rate, adding 8,700 people to the work force and reducing unemployment to 4.6 percent.
Jun 14 2013
SALT LAKE CITY ? Governor Gary R. Herbert released the following statement today in observance of Father's Day:
SALT LAKE CITY ? In response to an emergency request from Colorado's governor, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the deployment of Utah National Guard troops and helicopters to help fight wildfires raging near Colorado Springs.
SALT LAKE CITY ? In accordance with Utah Code Ann. 20A-14-105, Governor Gary R. Herbert is seeking nominees for District 6 of the Utah State School Board.
Salt Lake City, UT - The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for June 19, 2013 at noon to review applications of individuals interested in filling the judicial vacancy resulting from the pending retirement of Judge Michael D. Lyon. The Commission will meet in the multi-purpose room of the district courthouse in Ogden located at 2525 Grant Avenue.
Jun 07 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Applications are now being accepted for the position of judge of the Utah Court of Appeals. This position results from the pending retirement of Judge William A. Thorne, Jr., effective September 15, 2013.
Jun 06 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Paul B. Parker to fill a vacancy on the Third District Court bench. The Third District Court encompasses Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
Download the Governor's letter to the Senate Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Cody J. Towse. The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on June 1, 2013.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Debbie Cragun the executive director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management. The appointment follows a nationwide search to replace former executive director Jeff Herring. Prior to the appointment, Cragun served as a human resource director for the Department of Human Resource Management.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed six members to the Prison Relocation and Develop Authority (PRADA).
"Utah mourns the loss of one of our finest matriarchs with the passing of the ever-gracious Beverley Taylor Sorenson."
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Monday, May 27, 2013, in honor of Memorial Day.
May 21 2013
Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Oversight hearing on "Perspectives on the Management of Federal and State Land"
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today named former Utah Jazz star Thurl Bailey to serve as his ambassador to the state's refugee community. In this role, Bailey will act as a liaison between the Governor and the more than 50,000 refugees who call Utah home.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement upon news of the passing of Frances Beverly Monson, wife of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson.
May 17 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Job growth in Utah continued its steady climb during April and unemployment declined yet again, according to figures released today by the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today the Elections Office determined that two counts of the 12 allegations against Attorney General John Swallow will be sent to special counsel for review to determine whether violations occurred. The resolution of a third count may hinge on the determination made on these other two counts, and thus will also remain open.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced an agreement has been reached between the State of Utah and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on how Utah will run its health exchange. The new model bifurcates the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) component from the individual exchange.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Judith S.H. Atherton, effective August 1, 2013. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert will visit Richfield and Gunnison as part of his "Capitol for a Day" tours. The purpose for the visit is to allow the host city to become the workplace for the Governor and some of his senior staff, providing an opportunity to get out into local communities and visit with Utahns.
May 06 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Carlos Braceras the executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The appointment follows a nationwide search to replace retired former executive director John Njord. The former UDOT deputy director for 12 years, Braceras is responsible for UDOT's 1,800 employees and the design, construction, and maintenance of Utah's 6,000-mile system of roads and highways.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert will visit Vernal as part of his "Capitol for a Day" tours. The purpose for the visit is to allow the host city to become the workplace for the Governor and some of his senior staff, providing an opportunity to get out into local communities and visit with Utahns.
12 Utah Youths "Do the Write Thing" Twelve Students Honored at Youth Anti-Violence Awards Luncheon
Apr 25 2013
ALT LAKE CITY ?"Inside us all is fear, pain, and personal experiences. The perfect way knows no difficulties. Only when freed from hate and evil, does love reveal itself fully and without disguise." Kenya Ellsworth, finalist in Utah?s 2013 Do the Write Thing Challenge
Apr 24 2013
ISRAEL ? As part of this week's Utah trade mission to Israel, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert participated in historic meetings with many local officials and dignitaries, including Israel's President Shimon Peres and the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Salam Fayyad.
SALT LAKE CITY ? Governor Gary R. Herbert today announced the completion of a conservation plan to preserve greater sage grouse in Utah. The plan will protect more than 90 percent of Utah's greater sage grouse through incentive-based provisions on private and school trust lands, and through reasonable regulation by federal agencies that manage land in Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Renee M. Jimenez Justice to fill a vacancy on the Third District Juvenile Court bench.
Apr 19 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's robust economy kept on rolling in March, adding nearly 8,900 individuals to the work force and further reducing Utah's unemployment rate from 5.2 percent to 4.9 percent.
SALT LAKE CITY - An hour or so after being informed of his daughter's successful finish of the Boston Marathon, Governor Gary R. Herbert learned of the tragic bombings that occurred. He has released the following statement: