Gary R. Herbert

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Gary Herbert
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Governor of Utah
In office
August 11, 2009 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 6
PredecessorJon Huntsman (R)
Base salary$109,470
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$6,213,102
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Utah
January 3, 2005 - August 11, 2009
Utah County Commissioner
High schoolOrem High School
Military service
Service/branchUtah National Guard
Date of birthMay 7, 1947
Place of birthAmerican Fork, UT
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Gary Richard Herbert (born May 7, 1947 in American Fork, Utah) is the 17th and current Governor of Utah. A Republican, he had been serving as Lieutenant Governor of Utah and assumed office on August 11, 2009[1] when former governor Jon Huntsman (R) left to take a position as U.S. Ambassador to China.[2]

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).[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] Herbert is a member of the executive committee of the National Governor's 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.[6]

Herbert will next be up for re-election in 2016.[7]


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.[8]

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.[8]

Political career

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.

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.[9][10]

Judicial appointments

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.

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Gary R. Herbert endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [11]



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.[12]

Campaign finance

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.[13] 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."[14] 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."[14]

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.[15]

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.[16][17]

Governor of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton 27.7% 253,514
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary 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
Total Votes 913,696
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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary 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
Total Votes 594,007
Election Results via


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.

Governor, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary R. Herbert 71.1% 2,386
Daniel Van Oaks Jr. 24.7% 830
Richard Martin 4.2% 141
Total Votes 3,357


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Huntsman/Gary Herbert Incumbent 77.6% 734,049
     Democratic Bob Springmeyer/Valdez 19.7% 186,503
     Libertarian Dell Schanze/Hobbs 2.6% 24,820
     Write-In Doughton 0% 153
Total Votes 945,525
Election Results Via: Utah Lieutenant Governor


On November 2, 2004, Jon Huntsman/Gary Herbert won election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah. They defeated Matheson/Hale, Larsen/Shadowind and Fonua in the general election.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Huntsman/Gary Herbert 57.7% 531,190
     Democratic Matheson/Hale 41.3% 380,359
     PC Larsen/Shadowind 0.9% 8,399
     Write-In Fonua 0% 12
Total Votes 919,960
Election Results Via:

Campaign donors

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.[18]

Gary R. Herbert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Utah Won $3,636,956
2010 Governor of Utah Won $2,572,637
2008 Utah Lieutenant Governor Won $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.


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.[19] Click [show] for more information.


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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  1. Deseret News, "New governor's first day on the job," August 12, 2009
  2. Salt Lake Tribune, "Huntsman out as guv, takes new post as ambassador," August 11, 2009
  3. CNN, "Herbert wins re-election as Utah Governor," November 6, 2012
  4. Gary Herbert, " Meet the governor," accessed May 7, 2013
  5. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  6. National Governor's Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
  7. Salt Lake Tribune, "Herbert in 2016?," October 26, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Governor of Utah, "About Gary R. Herbert," accessed May 21, 2012
  9. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  10. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  11. The Republic, "Gov. Gary Herbert endorses Mitt Romney for GOP presidential nomination," February 2, 2012
  12. KUTV, Favoritism Accusations Raised Against Governor, August 8, 2013
  13. KSL News, "Utah governor fundraising target of court petition," October 4, 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Salt Lake Tribune, "Elections office rejects request to disqualify Herbert," March 22, 2012
  15. Salt Lake Tribune, "Herbert wins nod, Philpot feels betrayed," April 21, 2012
  16. Associated Press: Election Results, "Utah - summary vote," accessed June 27, 2012
  17. Deseret News, "Election Results" Accessed November 6, 2012
  18. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Gary Herbert," accessed May 9, 2013
  19. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
Gregory Bell (R)
Preceded by
Jon Huntsman (R)
Governor of Utah
Succeeded by