Governor News & Media
Aug 01 2011
Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today signed a letter requesting President Barack Obama issue a presidential disaster declaration for the State due to spring flooding damage. If approved by the President, Utah would become eligible for federal disaster assistance.
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 Corporal Raphael R. Arruda. The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on July 30, 2011.
Jul 28 2011
Salt Lake City - This afternoon Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills...
Jul 27 2011
Salt Lake City - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert named Richard J. Sperry, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) Commission. The five-member commission sets DABC policy, makes administrative rules, and issues and revokes licenses and permits, as well as governs staff activity and operations.
Salt Lake City - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert named State Representative Julie Fisher executive director of the Department of Community and Culture (DCC). Now in her fourth term in the House, Fisher submitted her resignation to Speaker Rebecca Lockhart today and will immediately assume the reins of the agency. Michael Hansen, current DCC acting director, will resume his post as deputy director.
Jul 21 2011
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement in response to today's release of Utah's employment summary by the Department of Workforce Services:
Jul 21 2011
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 Lance Corporal Norberto Mendez Hernandez. The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on July 21, 2011.
Jul 20 2011
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Claudia Nakano the new director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA). OEA, recently restructured due to budget reductions, includes the new Multicultural Commission, unveiled by the Governor on June 22.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the district court. The vacancies result from the retirement of Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki, effective October 1, 2011 and Judge Joseph C. Fratto, Jr., effective December 16, 2011. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary Herbert has received notification regarding the deaths of two Utah soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Jul 19 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary Herbert, Senate President Michael Waddoups, and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart signed a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in a ceremony at the State Capitol today. The letter requests the timely review of the 1115 Waiver Request for Utah's Medicaid program, which was submitted on July 1, 2011.
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 Specialist Preston J. Suter. The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on July 19, 2011.
Jul 15 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Just after 2 p.m. today, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued a proclamation convening the Utah Legislature in a Special Session to address six legislative issues and confirm appointments. The session, to be held next Wednesday, July 20, at 2 p.m., is scheduled for a regular legislative interim day.
Governor Herbert's Testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Medicaid Field Hearing - July 14, 2011
Jul 15 2011
Good afternoon, I am Gary R. Herbert, Governor of this great State of Utah...
Salt Lake City - Having known the kudos were coming for weeks, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is excited to tell everyone that Fortune Magazine just listed Salt Lake City as one of the world's 15 "hottest" cities for business.
SALT LAKE CITY - In an effort to encourage fiscal responsibility and prudence at the federal level, Utah Governor Herbert has signed the Cut, Cap and Balance pledge. Three other governors joined Governor Herbert: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), and Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK).
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary Herbert received notification of the death of Specialist Preston J. Suter of Sandy, Utah. Specialist Suter died on July 5, 2011, in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to an announcement released by the U.S. Army, Specialist Suter died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.
SALT LAKE CITY - The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for July 13 to review applications of individuals interested in filling judicial vacancies resulting from the pending retirement of Judge Glenn Iwasaki and Judge Joseph Fratto, Jr. The Commission will meet in room 330 of the Utah Senate Building.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that Ted Wilson, Senior Advisor on the Environment, will leave his post for a position in the private sector. However, Wilson will retain his role as chair of the Governor's Council on Balanced Resources, as well as his seat on the Governor's Energy Task Force.
SALT LAKE CITY - For the fourth straight year, Utah was ranked #1 for Economic Outlook in the ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index. The nationally recognized index is based on state economic policies and forecasts Utah's economic leadership.
Governor Signs Emergency Declaration Executive Order Makes National Guard, State Resources Available for Disaster Response
Jun 27 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Late this afternoon Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order declaring a "State of Emergency" in Utah as a result of springtime flooding reaching its apex. The Governor's declaration opens the door for state resources to be deployed to local communities affected by the disaster.
Jun 22 2011
Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that, as part of the restructuring of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, he will convene a new Multicultural Commission with representatives from ethnic communities, state agencies and political entities to address issues like the educational achievement gap, healthcare disparities and joblessness among Utah's ethnic community.
Salt Lake City - According to a report released today by the Department of the Interior, Utah's economy benefits more than any other state from tourism and recreational activities on Interior-managed land.
Jun 21 2011
Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Shirlee Silversmith as the new director of the Division of Indian Affairs within the Utah Department of Community and Culture. Silversmith's appointment was the outcome of a thorough process of reviewing candidates with the Lieutenant Governor and several tribal representatives.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that EMC Corporation, a global information technology (IT) leader, will expand its global customer service operations by opening a new customer support center in Utah, adding 500 new jobs in the State by the end of 2015
Two world leading companies to expand and add hundreds of jobs
Salt Lake City - As specified by legislation recently passed by the Utah State Legislature, Governor Gary R. Herbert has announced the creation of the Advisory Council on Optimizing and Streamlining State Government. The Council's first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at 2 p.m. in the Senate Caucus room on the third floor of the Utah State Capitol.
Salt Lake City - In response to a Weber County request, at 4 p.m. today Governor Gary R. Herbert authorized an additional $200,000 in emergency funding to further combat local flooding.
Salt Lake City, UTAH - Flanked by company leadership at the Utah Capitol, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that ITT Corporation will bring more than 2,700 new jobs to Utah over the next 15 years, 500 of which are planned for the near future.
Salt Lake City - While there is potential for serious flooding with most of the State's snowpack yet to melt, Governor Gary R. Herbert says Utah's network of emergency response personnel and resources is ready. "Utah's emergency management team of state, county and local personnel and resources is about as well-prepared as possible to battle flooding statewide. While we can't control Mother Nature, we will do all we can to protect life and property," the Governor said.
Jun 02 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - June 2, 2011 - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert unveiled a new look for and major enhancements to the official state website (http://utah.gov).
Salt Lake City -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement in response to today's BLM announcement that it will not designate any lands as "Wild Lands":
SALT LAKE CITY - Accompanied by local elected officials, public safety and emergency management personnel, representatives from numerous state agencies, and the media, Governor Gary R. Herbert toured flood sites in Weber County today...
Salt Lake City -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Todd M. Shaughnessy to the Third District Court, which serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.
Salt Lake City - As one of the first operational health exchanges in the nation, the Utah Health Exchange has garnered a lot of interest from other states. So much so that Governor Gary R. Herbert welcomed 79 top policy officials from 30 other states and Puerto Rico this week who came to Utah for a two-day symposium to learn more. The Governor's remarks reiterated his theme of Utah solutions for Utah problems.
Salt Lake City -Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the great State of Utah to be flown at half staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on May 15, 2011. The Governor's order follows an executive order from the President of the United States proclaiming May 15, 2011, as Peace Officer Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2011, as Police Week,
Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued a statement about today's action in U.S. District Court where Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary restraining order preventing Utah's 2011 HB497 from taking effect.
May 07 2011
Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the Legislature's vote on HB328:
Today's biggest loser is education. I vetoed SB229 because it earmarked priority funding for transportation, potentially putting at peril funding needed for education, public safety, and other critical public needs. It's a bad way to allocate our very limited state resources.
Governor Herbert Presents Awards for Excellence to State Employees, Recognizes Public Employee Appreciation Week
May 05 2011
Twenty-seven state employees were recipients today of the Governor's Awards for Excellence. Governor Gary R. Herbert presented the awards during a ceremony this afternoon at the Governor's Mansion.