Gary R. Herbert
|Governor of Utah|
|August 11, 2009 - Present|
|Years in position||5|
|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|
|High school||Orem High School|
|Service/branch||Utah National Guard|
|Birthday||May 7, 1947|
|Place of birth||American Fork, UT|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Herbert and running mate Greg Bell won the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Libertarian||W. Andrew McCullough||2%||12,871|
|Write-in||Michael W. Heath||0%||1|
|Election Results Via: Utah.gov "Election results 2010" (accessed March 23, 2012)|
With 70.8% 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|
Herbert won re-election to the position of Utah Governor/Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Herbert raised a total of $3,636,956.
|Utah Governor/Lieutenant 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|
|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 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 and his wife, Jeanette, have six children and eight grandchildren. He is the past president of both the the Utah Association of Realtors and the Utah Association of Counties.
- Utah gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
- Governor of Utah
- Lieutenant Governor of Utah
- Lieutenant Governor Gregory Bell
- Utah Governor Gary Herbert Official state site
- Gary Herbert campaign website
- Biography of Gary Herbert at Project Vote Smart
- LG Herbert's "Leave Your Print" campaign
- LG Herbert's "Be Ready Utah" campaign
- Gary Herbert on Facebook
- Gary Herbert on Twitter
- Gary Herbert on YouTube
- Campaign donors: 2012, 2010, 2008
- 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
- Governor of Utah, "About Gary R. Herbert," accessed May 21, 2012
- The Republic, "Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Mitt Romney for GOP presidential nomination," February 2, 2012
- 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
- 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.org
|Lieutenant Governor of Utah
| Succeeded by|
Gregory Bell (R)
Jon Huntsman (R)
|Governor of Utah
| Succeeded by|
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