Governor Research Assignment
Gary Herbert was born to Paul and Carol Hubert in American Fork, Utah on May 7, 1947. Hubert grew up in Orem, Utah and later graduated from Orem High School. He then served a two-year mission trip for the LDS Church. When he returned he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but failed to graduate. Herbert then went on to serve as a member of the Utah Army National Guard and earned the title of Staff Sergeant. Herbert is married to Jeanette Snelson Herbert and the couple have six children and 16 grandchildren together. Between 1990 and 2004, Herbert served as a commissioner on the Utah Army National Guard. During that time Herbert began to campaign for the Republican nomination for the seat of Governor of Utah, but a month before the sate convention which the nominee would be selected Herbert decided to join forced with Jon Huntsman Jr. and became his running mate. Together, the pair won the November election and Herbert became Lieutenant Governor. The pair ran again in 2008 and won again with a record of 77 percent of the vote. On August 11, 2009 Governor Jon Huntsman stepped down and Herbert officially became Governor. Herbert then went on to become the Republican nominee in the 2010 special election and won. In 2014 Herbert signed into law the Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act and served as the vice chair of the National Governors Association. Herbert is now currently serving as the 2015–2016 chair of the association. Herbert has recently been very vocal about his opinion on traditional marriage and has tried quite hard within the past year to fight the Supreme Courts ruling of Gay marriage being legal in all 50 states. Herbert is best known throughout Utah for leading the state’s recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence.