Governor News & Media
SALT LAKE CITY – (Feb. 24, 2014) While much of the national media focuses on governors with potential presidential aspirations, The Washington Post recently turned the spotlight to America's most popular governor.
Feb 19 2014
SALT LAKE CITY – (Feb. 19, 2014) Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Keith C. Barnes to fill a vacancy in the Fifth District Court.
SALT LAKE CITY – (Feb. 4, 2014) Governor Gary R. Herbert ordered the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on the day of Utah County Sherriff's Sgt. Cory Wride's funeral, Wednesday, February 4, 2014. Sgt. Wride died in the line of duty last Thursday. The governor issued the following statement:
Jan 29 2014
SALT LAKE CITY – (Jan. 29, 2014) During his State of the State address tonight, Gov. Gary R. Herbert outlined three major challenges facing Utahans in the coming year, and his plans for solutions.
Jan 29 2014
2014 State of the State Address (pdf)
SALT LAKE CITY- (January 28, 2014) Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Wesley Smith as director of state and federal relations.
SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 26, 2014) - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Tupakk A.G. Renteria to fill a vacancy on the Third District Juvenile Court.
Jan 24 2014
SALT LAKE CITY— (Jan. 24, 2014) Utah's unemployment rate dropped again over December, now measuring 4.1 percent, far below the national average of 6.7 percent. The Utah economy added 22,500 jobs over the last year, and is on track for continued steady growth through 2014.
SALT LAKE CITY – The Second District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Michael D. Lyon, effective September 1, 2013. The Second Judicial District includes Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.
Jan 21 2014
SALT LAKE CITY – (Jan. 21, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Tami Pyfer as his education advisor.
The Governor's Office issued the following statement regarding the Department of Justice announcement:
Jan 10 2014
The announcement that the Department of Justice will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah comes as no surprise and is consistent with previous direction to state agencies.
SALT LAKE CITY – The Fifth District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge James L. Shumate effective March 31, 2014. The Fifth Judicial District includes Beaver, Iron and Washington counties.
SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 8, 2014) – The Governor's Chief of Staff Derek Miller sent the following email to Cabinet Members last night providing direction on the status of same-sex marriages in Utah:
Jan 06 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 6, 2014) – Gov. Gary Herbert has announced the appointment of former Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell as chair of the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Governing Authority. Bell, now president and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association, takes the place of outgoing chair Dinesh Patel, a business leader who has led USTAR since its inception in 2006.
Jan 06 2014
FROM GOVERNOR GARY R. HERBERT:
"The Supreme Court made the correct decision to stay Judge Shelby's ruling in the Amendment 3 case. Clearly, the stay should have been granted with the original District Court decision in order to have avoided the uncertainty created by this unprecedented change."
SALT LAKE CITY - (Dec. 24, 2013) The Governor's Office sent the following email to Cabinet Members today in regards to issues stemming from the recent federal court rulings on Amendment 3 to the Utah State Constitution:
Acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet:
"Following Judge Shelby's decision to decline our Motion of Stay, the state of Utah renewed its request for a Motion of Stay before the Tenth Circuit Court.
Dec 23 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - (Dec. 23, 2013) Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Sean D. Reyes, Esq. as attorney general to replace recently resigned John Swallow. Reyes will serve as Utah's attorney general through 2014.
Dec 20 2013
FROM GOVERNOR GARY R. HERBERT:
"I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah. I am working with my legal counsel and the acting Attorney General to determine the best course to defend traditional marriage within the borders of Utah."
SALT LAKE CITY – (Dec. 20, 2013) Governor Gary R. Herbert has named LuAnn Adams as commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Adams has served as Box Elder County Commissioner since 2011. She also worked 16 years as the Box Elder County Recorder/Clerk.
Dec 20 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – (Dec. 20, 2013) New figures released today by the Dept. of Workforce Services show Utah's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, that figure is significantly lower than the national average and ranks Utah fourth lowest among all states. Utah's private sector job growth remains second in the nation, with nearly all private sector industries showing year-over growth.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the juvenile court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Andrew A. Valdez on November 1, 2013. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
Dec 06 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah, December 6-9, in remembrance of those who died at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago, and in memory of Nelson Mandela.
Kansas, Utah Governors to exchange gifts pending the outcome of the Major League Soccer Championship Game
Dec 06 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will exchange a state-related gift pending the outcome of Saturday's Major League Soccer Championship game. Sporting Kansas City will be taking on Real Salt Lake in Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Dec 05 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Marty Carpenter to his senior staff as director of communication.
Governor Gary R. Herbert will unveil his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015.
Nov 21 2013
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR GARY R. HERBERT:
"I received a letter of resignation from Utah Attorney General John Swallow this morning. John's decision is in the best interests of his family, his constituents and the State of Utah..."
SALT LAKE CITY – The Governor's legal team will soon be changing. The Utah State Senate has unanimously confirmed the nomination of John A. Pearce, general counsel for Governor Gary R. Herbert, to the Utah Court of Appeals.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert's deputy chief of staff, communications director and spokesperson, Ally Isom, will step down this Friday. Isom has been with the Governor's Office for three years.
Nov 15 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed the official letter to appoint Jon Cox to Utah House District 58 in the Utah State Legislature. The appointment comes at the recommendation of the Republican Party delegates who selected Cox, a Sanpete County Commissioner, to replace Spencer J. Cox, who now serves as Utah Lieutenant Governor.
SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order today calling for an analysis of Veteran employment among state agencies and prompting department heads to find ways to hire more veterans.
SALT LAKE CITY - This Saturday evening at the Grand America Hotel, Governor Gary R. Herbert and hundreds of guests will honor film star, conservationist and entrepreneur Robert Redford for his numerous contributions to the State of Utah.
Nov 04 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, Leonard M. Blackham, has announced his intent to retire in early January 2014, following a noteworthy 25-year public service career.
Oct 31 2013
PROVO, UT – In a gathering of water experts from around the state, Governor Gary R. Herbert outlined the State’s next steps in a visionary 50-year water strategy at today’s Water Summit, held at Utah Valley Convention Center.
Oct 30 2013
WHAT: Governor Gary R. Herbert will host a non-partisan, non-political, black tie event to recognize Robert Redford for helping showcase and contribute to Utah through his art, vision and entrepreneurial spirit. The event is entitled, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon."
Oct 25 2013
SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed John A. Pearce to fill a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals.
Oct 22 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Brent H. Bartholomew to fill a vacancy on the Fourth District Juvenile Court bench.
Oct 16 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Following adjournment of today's special legislative session, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement:
Oct 16 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah State Senate just confirmed State Representative Spencer J. Cox (R - Dist. 58) as the eighth lieutenant governor of Utah. Cox was appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert on Oct. 8 to replace outgoing Lt. Governor Greg Bell.
Oct 15 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the creation of the Clean Air Action Team (CAAT). This group of diverse individuals will gather research, work with the public and recommend practical and effective strategies to improve Utah's air quality.