This week on Utah NOW, we're working through the news that Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is stepping down to become Ambassador to China. We're asking what this means for Utah to lose a popular leader with a moderate political disposition? We'll also look at what we know about the man who will replace him... Gary Herbert.
Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert
Gary Richard Herbert is Utah's sixth Lieutenant Governor and was elected on November 2, 2004. Prior to his election as Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Herbert served 14 years on the Utah County Commission, earning many awards for his civic and community service. A Realtor(R) by profession, Mr. Herbert is also a veteran of the Utah Army National Guard.
A former President of the Utah Association of Realtors, Mr. Herbert's public and private sector service has consistently afforded him opportunities to work with diverse groups and interests. Mr. Herbert has also served as the President of the Utah Association of Counties, where he was named as Utah's Outstanding County Commissioner and County Elected Official. He is also the recipient of the National Outstanding Republican County Elected Official of the Year award.
Mr. Herbert is a native Utahn. He and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six and grandparents of eight.
Kirk L. Jowers is the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, an Associate Director of the Institute of Public and International Affairs, an Associate Professor at the University of Utah, and the 2007 recipient of the University of Utah’s Par Excellence Award. He also is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Caplin & Drysdale, Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy, and a Member of the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission. Mr. Jowers has provided legal and political advice to state and national political parties, more than 30 congressional and gubernatorial candidates, Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, and three presidential campaigns. Described by the Salt Lake Tribune as the “most quoted man in Utah,” he is a frequent media commentator and lecturer on politics, campaign finance laws, government ethics, and the First Amendment and is the author of several publications. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and Harvard Law School. Mr. Jowers is married to Kristen Jowers and has five children.
Robert Gehrke covers state government and politics since returning to Utah in June 2007. Gehrke, who has a wide stance, spent half his 10-year journalism career in the nation's capital, first for the Associated Press, then The Tribune.
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