Gary R. Herbert
|Governor of Utah|
|August 11, 2009 - Present|
|Years in position||6|
|Predecessor||Jon Huntsman (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Lieutenant Governor of Utah|
|January 3, 2005 - August 11, 2009|
|Utah County Commissioner|
|High school||Orem High School|
|Service/branch||Utah National Guard|
|Date of birth||May 7, 1947|
|Place of birth||American Fork, UT|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Governor of Utah (2009-Present)
- 2.2 Lieutenant Governor of Utah (2005-2009)
- 2.3 Utah County Commissioner (1990-2004)
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Herbert easily defeated Salt Lake City Mayor Peter Corroon in a special election in 2010 that was held to determine who would serve out the remainder of Huntsman's term. Herbert, along with running mate Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell, won re-election on November 6, 2012, defeating retired Major General Peter Cooke (D).
Herbert served on the Utah County Commission for 14 years. During that time he was president of the Utah Association of Counties and the Utah Association of Realtors.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Herbert as the 25th most conservative governor in the country. Herbert is a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association. He, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. He was named to this leadership role in August, 2013.
Herbert was selected to serve as the vice chairman of the executive committee of the National Governors Association for the 2014-2015 term.
Herbert will next be up for re-election in 2016.
Gary R. Herbert was born in American Fork, Utah, to Paul and Carol Peters and was later adopted by his stepfather, Duane Herbert. He grew up in Orem, Utah and after graduating from Orem High School served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission.
He attended, but did not graduate from, Brigham Young University. While studying there, Herbert joined the Utah National Guard, serving for six years and eventually earning the rank of staff sergeant. When his military service was completed, he embarked on a career in real estate, founding Herbert & Associates Realtors, a brokerage firm based in Orem. Herbert and his wife, Jeannette, also founded and ran a child care service in Orem for 23 years.
Governor of Utah (2009-Present)
Herbert first became Governor of Utah on August 11, 2009 when then-Governor Jon Huntsman stepped down to take a position as U.S. Ambassador to China. He later won a special election in 2010 to fill the remainder of Huntsman's term. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012, along with running mate Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell.
Republican governors support for Medicaid expansion
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced support for a federal proposal to expand Medicaid following the Republican Party's strong showing in the 2014 elections. All three governors sought to receive additional Medicaid funding proposed by President Barack Obama (D) while crafting state-level alternatives to requirements in the Affordable Care Act. For example, Haslam's proposal would create a two-year program to provide insurance vouchers and a health reimbursement system for low-income residents. Haslam, Herbert and Mead joined nine other Republican governors in seeking Medicaid expansion as of December 22, 2014.
Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge
- See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge
On July 22, 2014, the Republican governors of Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin sent a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns about the handling of the ongoing border crisis. The crisis was over unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children illegally crossing into Texas. The governors noted that a failure to return the children “will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border,” endangering more children.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Herbert was ranked number 3. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As governor, Herbert is responsible for appointing judges to Utah state courts. In Utah, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. After the governor appoints a judge, she or he must be confirmed by the Utah State Senate. Judges then stand for retention in the next general election more than three years after appointment. For an up-to-date list of all of Herbert's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.
Governor Herbert awarded a $700,000 anti-tobacco contract to R&R Partners, a company that formerly did work on behalf of tobacco interests in Nevada. The Utah Democratic party accused Herbert of favoritism as one of his advisers is a principal partner of the firm.
The Utah Department of Health released that the state purchasing director reviewed the case and was aware of their pro-tobacco work. The state maintains the Governor's office was not an influence in the decision.
Herbert's eligibility to hold the governorship was questioned when former Independent candidate for Utah lieutenant governor Steve Maxfield filed a complaint alleging Herbert broke campaign finance laws in his filings for the 2012 election. Maxfield launched his whistleblowing efforts against Herbert in 2010 when he filed his first petition with the Utah Supreme court vis-a-vis Herbert's funding by political action committees. The state laws about the proper use of political action committees are murky: candidates must conduct all election-related fundraising and expenditure through their campaign committees to address and make transparent any potential conflicts of interest, except contributions from special-interest PACs are also permissible. The inconsistency provides a legal grey area in which candidates can circumvent standard report filing rules when accepting extra cash from a PAC, as Maxfield argues Herbert did in the 2010 special election, and has done this year. After his first petition was rejected, Maxfield pressed the Lt. Governor's office to remove Herbert from the 2012 ballot for repeating the finance report integrity breaches in his 2011 and 2012 filings. On March 20, 2012 Utah's director of elections rejected this complaint as well, and the Lt. Gov Greg Bell said "the candidate filing the governor submitted last week only applies to upcoming disclosures, not those from past elections." Maxfield, who said he considered appealing the newest ruling in district court, maintains that Herbert is "statutorily not qualified because he’s been continuing to use the PAC."
Lieutenant Governor of Utah (2005-2009)
In 2004, Herbert was a candidate for Governor of Utah until one month before the state nominating convention. At that point, he teamed up with Jon Huntsman and ran as his lieutenant governor. The pair defeated incumbent Olene Walker at the Republican convention and went on to win the general election in November.
Utah County Commissioner (1990-2004)
Herbert is a former member of the Utah County Commission. While serving as commissioner, he received the National Outstanding Republican County Elected Official of the Year award.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Herbert is a Moderate Conservative. Herbert received a score of 33 percent on social issues and 73 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Unknown||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: June 19, 2014. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
- See also: Utah gubernatorial election, 2012
Hebert and Lt. Gov. Greg Bell ran for re-election. At the statewide Republican Party nominating convention in late April, the pair captured 63 percent of the Republican delegates, beating David Kirkham, Morgan Philpot, Kenneth Sumsion, Lane Ronnow and William Skokos for the Republican Party nomination.
In the November 6th, general election Herbert and Bell defeated Democrats Peter Cooke & Vince Rampton, Libertarians Ken Larsen & Rob Latham and Constitution Party candidate Kirk Pearson & Tim Alders.
|Governor of Utah General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton||27.7%||253,514|
|Republican||Gary Herbert and Greg Bell Incumbent||68.4%||624,678|
|Libertarian||Ken Larsen and Rob Latham||2.2%||19,956|
|Constitution||Kirk Pearson and Tim Alders||1.7%||15,548|
|Election Results via State of Utah.|
- See also: Utah gubernatorial election, 2010
Utah was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Republican Jon Huntsman gave up the seat to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China in August 2009. Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert assumed the governorship upon Huntsman's departure, and won the seat by special election in 2010.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah, 2010|
|Republican||Gary Herbert/Greg Bell Incumbent||64.2%||381,531|
|Democratic||Peter Corroon/Sheryl Allen||31.8%||188,911|
|Independent||Farley M. Anderson/Steve Maxfield||2%||11,842|
|Libertarian||W. Andrew McCullough/Aric Cramer, Sr.||2%||11,723|
|Election Results via State of Utah''|
With 70.8 percent of the vote, acting governor Herbert overtook two fellow Republicans to secure the party's nomination in the 2010 special election primary race for governor.
|Gary R. Herbert||71.1%||2,386|
|Daniel Van Oaks Jr.||24.7%||830|
On November 4, 2008, Jon Huntsman/Gary Herbert won re-election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah. They defeated Bob Springmeyer/Valdez, Dell Schanze/Hobbs and Doughton in the general election.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah, 2008|
|Republican||Jon Huntsman/Gary Herbert Incumbent||77.6%||734,049|
|Election Results Via: Utah Lieutenant Governor|
|Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah, 2004|
|Republican||Jon Huntsman/Gary Herbert||57.7%||531,190|
|Election Results Via: Elections.utah.gov|
Comprehensive donor information for Herbert is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Herbert raised a total of $6,213,102 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.
|Gary R. Herbert's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Governor of Utah||$3,636,956|
|2010||Governor of Utah||$2,572,637|
|2008||Utah Lieutenant Governor||$3,509|
|Grand Total Raised||$6,213,102|
Herbert won re-election to the position of Utah Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Herbert raised a total of $3,636,956.
|Utah Governor 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Gary R. Herbert's campaign in 2012|
|Republican Governors Association||$83,645|
|Dell Loy Hansen||$55,000|
|Utah Association of Realtors||$51,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$3,636,956|
|Total Votes received in 2012||624,678|
|Cost of each vote received||$5.82|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Gary Herbert's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Gary Herbert's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Utah
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$2,161,016 (Democrat)|
$3,836 (Unaffiliated candidate)
|Top 5 contributors||Friends of Gary Herbert PAC||$1,250,290|
|APX Alarm Security Solutions||$75,000|
|Utah Zoological Society||$17,055|
Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, have six children and eight grandchildren. He is the past president of both the Utah Association of Realtors and the Utah Association of Counties.
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- Campaign contributions for Jon Huntsman and Gary Herbert (2004, 2006) at FollowTheMoney.org
- Deseret News, "New governor's first day on the job," August 12, 2009
- Salt Lake Tribune, "Huntsman out as guv, takes new post as ambassador," August 11, 2009
- CNN, "Herbert wins re-election as Utah Governor," November 6, 2012
- Gary Herbert, " Meet the governor," accessed May 7, 2013
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- National Governors Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
- Salt Lake Tribune, "Herbert in 2016?," October 26, 2012
- Governor of Utah, "About Gary R. Herbert," accessed May 21, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Three Republican governors have now endorsed the Medicaid expansion since the midterms," December 15, 2014
- Washington Post, "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- The Republic, "Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Mitt Romney for GOP presidential nomination," February 2, 2012
- KUTV, Favoritism Accusations Raised Against Governor, August 8, 2013
- KSL News, "Utah governor fundraising target of court petition," October 4, 2010
- The Salt Lake Tribune, "Elections office rejects request to disqualify Herbert," March 22, 2012
- On The Issues, "Gary Herbert Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- Salt Lake Tribune, "Herbert wins nod, Philpot feels betrayed," April 21, 2012
- Associated Press: Election Results, "Utah - summary vote," accessed June 27, 2012
- Deseret News, "Election Results" accessed November 6, 2012
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Gary Herbert," accessed May 9, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Jon Huntsman (R)
|Governor of Utah
| Succeeded by|
|Lieutenant Governor of Utah
| Succeeded by|
Gregory Bell (R)
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