Gary R. Herbert
|Governor of Utah|
|August 11, 2009 - Present|
|Years in position||5|
|Lieutenant Governor of Utah|
|January 3, 2005 - August 11, 2009|
|High school||Orem High School|
|Service/branch||Utah National Guard|
|Birthday||May 7, 1947|
|Place of birth||American Fork, UT|
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.
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.
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 served as a commissioner of the Utah County Commission.
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|Gary Herbert's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Utah
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$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 served as the president of both the Utah Association of Counties, where he was named as Utah's Outstanding County Commissioner and County Elected Official, and the Utah Association of Realtors. He is the recipient of the National Outstanding Republican County Elected Official of the Year award. He and his wife, Jeanette, have six children and eight grandchildren.
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- Biography of Gary Herbert at Project Vote Smart
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