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The 15-foot American flag found in an Iowa junkyard will be presented to Gov. Herbert to commemorate Utah's 120th statehood anniversary

SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed the official letter to appoint Lincoln S. Fillmore to the Utah State Senate. Fillmore will serve in District 10 replacing Sen. Aaron Osmond after his resignation Dec. 1, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 30, 2015) ­Jon Cox, spokesman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement in response to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the Planned Parenthood lawsuit:

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 23, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Denise Porter to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 23, 2015) - Eric Tholen has been named the new director of the Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM), a division of the Utah Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The appointment follows an extensive nationwide search.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 23, 2015) - Cade Meier has been appointed as the new deputy director of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC). With more than 15 years of project and operational management experience, Meier will replace Tom Zdunich who retired in August 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 23, 2015) ? Utah has the sixth fastest growth rate in the nation among states at 1.75 percent according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau yesterday.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 22, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in response to the recent ruling allowing the state to end Planned Parenthood contracts:

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 14, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement in response to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions:

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 11, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced his appointment of David Damschen as the new Utah state treasurer. Damschen will fill the remaining term of Richard Ellis, who stepped down to pursue another career opportunity.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 9, 2015) - Education is once again the governor's top budget priority with nearly 70 percent of new money in the state budget devoted to education. The recommendations are an integral part of the statewide goal to place Utah among the nation's top-10 states in academic performance.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present his state budget proposal for FY 2017. New consensus revenue numbers reported yesterday show Utah?s growing and diverse economy gives Utah an opportunity to invest. Gov. Herbert?s budget recommendations demonstrate a strong continued focus on education.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 8, 2015) - For the tenth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has ranked Utah first in the U.S. for volunteerism because of Utahns' generosity and commitment to improve their communities.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 7, 2015) - New consensus revenue figures show Utah's growing and diverse economy is producing additional revenue for the state. The consensus revenue forecast shows an additional $180 million of one-time funds and $380 million in new, ongoing unrestricted revenue for the upcoming FY 2017 budget.

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 4, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of Utah to continue until Dec. 2, 2015 to honor the victims of the San Bernardino, California attack.

Gov. Herbert and the First Lady will unveil the mansion holiday decor. Students from Franklin Elementary School in Salt Lake City will join the Governor and First Lady to decorate a Christmas tree in the Governor's Mansion library.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 28, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Utah Gov. Olene S. Walker:

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 25, 2015) - Federal Judge David Nuffer issued his final order in the litigation against S.B. 54. As part of his decision, the state is prohibited from requiring political parties to allow unaffiliated voters in a primary election or signature-gathering process.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the first lady and family members will serve a Thanksgiving meal at the Salt Lake Rescue Mission tomorrow. Volunteering at the Rescue Mission is a tradition for the Governor and first lady.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of Randy Horiuchi:

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 19, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement regarding legislation expected to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives:

SALT LAKE CITY (November 18, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Gene Cottrell to serve as the inspector general of Medicaid services. Cottrell will replace Lee Wycoff to become Utah's second Medicaid inspector.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 16, 2015) - Jon Cox, spokesman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement regarding Syrian refugees entering the state of Utah:

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 15, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris, France.

SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed an official letter to appoint Lynn Hemingway to the Utah House of Representatives. Hemingway will serve in District 40 and will replace former State Representative Justin Miller.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 9, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Judge John A. Pearce to serve as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court. Judge Pearce will fill the vacancy created by Justice Jill Parrish when she was confirmed a United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah on August 16, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 3, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced today that he will not convene a nominating committee for the 2016 Utah State Board of Education elections. Jon Cox, spokesman for Gov. Herbert issued the following statement:

The Utah Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory is helping capture criminals faster thanks to an improved fingerprint efficiency project. Gov. Gary R. Herbert will visit the State Crime Lab tomorrow to see firsthand how the department is using the Success program to process evidence 66 percent faster and solve more cases each year.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 26, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert celebrated the milestone of Utah's three millionth resident today. The event was held at Utah's newest hospital, Mountain Point Medical Center in Lehi.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 26, 2015) - Utah posted the highest job growth rate in the nation for private and total job growth for the eighth consecutive month. According to the rankings released this month, Utah posted private sector growth at 4.4 percent and total sector job growth at 3.9 percent for the month of September.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert will announce Utah's three millionth resident following his visit to the maternity ward at Utah's newest hospital. Mountain Point Medical Center is located in northern Utah County, one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert will announce the new executive director of the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA). Kevin Carter will retire on December 2015 following 24 years of service to the school children of the state of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 20, 2015) - Utah's economy remains the strongest in the nation and has once again posted a budget surplus. Today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced the state of Utah ended Fiscal Year 2015 with a surplus of $103 million. Of that number, $59 million will be immediately deposited into the rainy day fund, bringing the total of that fund to nearly $528 million, the highest amount in state history.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 19, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Mike Hussey to lead the Utah Department of Technology Services. After 32 years of service in state government, Mark VanOrden will retire effective Nov. 12, 2015.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert will announce his appointment for executive director of the Department of Technology Services. After 32 years of service in state government, Mark VanOrden will retire effective on Nov. 12, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 16, 2015) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Utah State Treasurer Richard Ellis:

Utah residents can now obtain a driver?s license in a matter of minutes, thanks to two new projects implemented by the Utah Driver License Division. Gov. Gary R. Herbert will visit the Driver License Division tomorrow to see first-hand how the program reduces historically long wait times and high customer complaints. The results are part of the governor?s challenge to all state agencies to increase efficiency by 25 percent.

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 13, 2015) - Aimee Edwards, spokeswoman for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, issued the following statement today in response to House and Senate discussions on an alternative to Medicaid expansion:

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Governor's Office staff and legislators will take on the role of teachers' aides in the classroom this Monday to experience first-hand Utah's education challenges and successes. Education continues to be a top priority for Gov. Herbert and this event is part of an ongoing effort to work with teachers and education leaders to find innovative ways to support teachers and improve the Utah education system.

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