Gary Richard Herbert (born May 7, 1947) is the 17th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Utah. Having served as the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, he assumed the governorship on August 11, 2009, following the resignation of Jon Huntsman, who was appointed United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China by President Barack Obama. Governor Herbert was elected to his own term of office in a 2010 Special Election in Utah, defeating his opponent 65%-31%.
Herbert was born to Paul and Carol Peters in American Fork, later being adopted by his stepfather, Duane Barlow Herbert. Governor Herbert grew up in Orem, Utah. He graduated from Orem High School, served a two year mission for the LDS Church in the Eastern States Mission and later attended Brigham Young University, but did not graduate.
Herbert served for six years as a member of the Utah Army National Guard, becoming a staff sergeant. Following his time in the National Guard, he set up a real estate firm, Herbert and Associates Realtors, as well as a child care service, The Kids Connection.
Governor of Utah
Herbert became Governor of Utah on August 11, 2009, following the resignation of Governor Jon Huntsman to become Ambassador to China. He is the Republican nominee in the 2010 special election. During the 2011 legislative session Governor Herbert signed into law House Bill 477 after it passed through the legislature in three days. The bill would have drastically reduced the ability of citizens to access public records, especially records of Legislators.
After large public outcry, Governor Herbert announced he would sign the bill yet also call a special session to repeal the new law. The law was repealed two weeks later, and Governor Herbert was criticized for costing the state $30,000 for not simply vetoing the bill when he first had a chance.
He is married to Jeanette Snelson Herbert; they have six children and thirteen grandchildren.