Governor News & Media
Governor Awards Park City High School as Top AP School School Ranked the Highest with 43 Percent of Students Passing AP Courses
Sep 26 2012
PARK CITY - On the heels of the College Board releasing Advanced Placement (AP) data for the 2012 school year, Governor Gary R. Herbert, in collaboration with his Education Excellence Commission and Prosperity 2020, recognized Park City High School (PCHS) as the top AP school in the State. The school was awarded possession of the History of Utah book, the Top AP traveling trophy, for their accomplishments.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today is National Voter Registration Day, and with Election Day just 42 days away, the Utah Lt. Governor's Office is launching its mass media campaign to encourage all eligible Utahns to register to vote and become informed voters.
Sep 21 2012
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The State of Utah's latest jobs report shows continued economic growth and a reduction in the unemployment rate for the month of August.
Sep 20 2012
SANTA CLARA, UT - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today declared a State of Emergency for Utah and signed a letter requesting President Barack Obama issue a presidential disaster declaration for the state due to the recent flooding in southern Utah. If approved by the President, Utah would become eligible for federal disaster assistance for public infrastructure.
Sep 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - More good news for Utah's economy: Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and Treasurer Richard K. Ellis announced today the affirmation of the State's "AAA" general obligation bond rating by all three bonding agencies - Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service, and Fitch Ratings. Utah is one of only seven states to earn a AAA bond rating by all three of the rating agencies, also known as a "triple-triple" rating.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell has joined the Heroes Vote Initiative to promote National Military Voter Readiness Day on September 15, 2012. With state deadlines for registering and requesting an absentee ballot fast approaching, National Military Voter Readiness Day was created to help make sure that military voters are election ready.
SALT LAKE CITY - On Wednesday, September 12, Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Barry Lawrence to fill a vacancy on the Third District Court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge William W. Barrett effective November 1, 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah until September 16, 2012, as a mark of respect for the memory of John Christopher Stevens, United States Ambassador to Libya, and American personnel killed in the attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi.
Salt Lake City, UT - The 4th District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for September 17 at 9:00 am to review applications of individuals interested in filling a judicial vacancy resulting from the pending retirement of Judge Sterling B. Sainsbury. The Commission will meet in the conference room of the law offices of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker located at 86 N. University Avenue, Suite 430 in Provo, Utah.
Sep 07 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- In honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and as a tribute to the heroes who came to their country's aid, Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered all flags on state-owned facilities to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY-Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has been named to the National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee by NGA Chair, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and NGA Vice Chair, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
Aug 22 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -MarketWatch at The Wall Street Journal has just called Utah the "brightest star" on the American flag. The reason? Independent research by Pollina Corporate Real Estate puts Utah at the top of its list of Ten Pro-Business States for 2012. The #1 ranking comes after three consecutive years at the second spot on the list.
Governor Restructures Budget Office to Focus on Efficiencies and Outcomes Cox to Head New Office of Management and Budget
Aug 21 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - As the state economy continues to rebound, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert wants to take the way state government services are coordinated and funded to a new level. He is moving to reorganize and re-title the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) as the new Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), naming Kristen Cox GOMB director.
Governor Pleased with Senate Confirmations Today Su Chon and James Blanch Appointed to Third District Court
Aug 15 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Following today's extraordinary session of the Utah State Senate, Governor Gary R. Herbert met with his nominees for the Third District Court to congratulate them and their families. He then issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY - In a year of drought and fires statewide, water is getting more and more attention in public forums. Today's 7th Annual Native American Summit is no exception. In front of more than 500 attendees, Governor Gary R. Herbert and Confederated Tribes of the Goshute chairman Ed Naranjo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding water rights.
Aug 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted to not endorse Su J. Chon, Governor Gary R. Herbert's nominee for the Third District Court.
Aug 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted to not endorse Su J. Chon, Governor Gary R. Herbert's nominee for the Third District Court. Chon's nomination will advance to the entire Senate in an extraordinary session tomorrow. Today the Governor issued the following statement in support of Chon:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in response to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's naming of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate:
SALT LAKE CITY-As NASA's 1-ton, unmanned Curiosity rover intelligently traverses Mars, Governor Gary R. Herbert is encouraging unmanned vehicle businesses and entrepreneurs to navigate their way to Utah, bringing jobs and opportunity with them.
Aug 08 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert Tuesday appointed Harris H. Simmons as a member of the State Board of Regents, replacing David Jordan.
Aug 03 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert proposes the following Senate member appointments:
SALT LAKE CITY- Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert is on his way to the Republican Governor's Association (RGA) annual meeting in Aspen, Colorado to discuss current issues with fellow governors. The Governor will also meet with presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
SALT LAKE CITY - Two cities in the top ten "Best Cities for Successful Aging" are right here in Utah according to the non-profit Milken Institute's latest study.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge William W. Barrett effective November 1, 2012. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.
Jul 23 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today issued the following statement urging caution and adherence to fireworks restrictions as Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today paid tribute to Utah's pioneer heritage in his latest blog post:
Jul 20 2012
Salt Lake City - In conjunction with President Barack Obama's proclamation ordering the Flag of the United States of America to be flown at half-staff upon certain Federal facilities, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado.
Salt Lake City - The Utah economy continues to expand according to new employment figures released today by the Department of Workforce Services.
Utah recognized for extraordinary efforts to protect the voting rights of service members and their families
Jul 16 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert was selected Sunday as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee for the 2012-2013 year.
NSF Awards Utah $20M to Boost Statewide Research Infrastructure Multi-university effort aims to manage and protect state's water resources
Jul 13 2012
Salt Lake City - The National Science Foundation has awarded a group of Utah higher educational institutions and related organizations a five-year, $20 million competitive grant to help manage and protect one of the state's most valuable and scarce resources: water.
Jul 12 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - July 12, 2012 - Have you ever heard of Utah.gov? If so, it is not by coincidence. The state of Utah wants citizens to be aware of its official state website, Utah.gov, and the hundreds of government transactions that can be completed online.
Jul 10 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah moved up six places to take second in CNBC's annual study "America's Top States for Business." The 2012 study lauds Utah's strong workforce, effective transportation, and low cost of doing business. Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement:
Salt Lake City - 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 Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley's funeral, Saturday, July 7, 2012. The Governor issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that no changes to state law are necessary to reduce fire risks in the state. He added that State Forester Dick Buehler has authority to limit the discharge of firearms in unincorporated areas.
Jun 30 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- Yesterday Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert reached out to local religious leaders with a petition for prayer on behalf of those facing and fighting fires in the State. Following is the content of the letter distributed.
Governor Authorizes National Guard to Battle Rose Crest Fire Calls for Herriman residents to fully cooperate with emergency responders
Jun 29 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Herbert has authorized the deployment of the Utah National Guard to assist in the ten alarm Herriman Rose Crest fire. The National Guard is tasked with assisting in the air assault and any other effort local emergency responders need.
Jun 28 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert expressed extreme disappointment today regarding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. His staff is presently conducting a thorough legal and policy review. He has released the following statement:
Jun 26 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed special session legislation Monday and approved the appointment of the new executive director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Tuesday.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law: