Gary Richard Herbert is Utah’s 17th Governor. He took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009.
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, jobs, and an enviable quality of life. Under Governor Herbert's leadership, Utah has been recognized as the "Best State for Business and Careers" by Forbes magazine and the “best State to live in” by GALLUP.COM, among other accolades.
The Governor currently serves as the Chair of the Western Governors Association (WGA), on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA), and on the Education and Workforce Committee of the NGA.
Prior to becoming the state’s chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor for five years. In 1990, the Governor 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.
Governor 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 the proud parents of six children and 13 grandchildren.