Governor Herbert Sworn Into Office for First Full Term

Governor Herbert gives his inauguration speech, promising to stay true to his principles.
Credit Jessica Gail

Utah Governor Gary Herbert took the oath on office on Monday; saying the state’s best days lie ahead.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir helped ring Governor Gary Herbert’s first full term in office Monday at the Utah State Capitol. At 11:15 Monday morning, Herbert was sworn in as the 17th Governor of Utah.

Herbert has been serving as Governor since 2009. He took over three years ago when then-Governor Jon Huntsman stepped down to become the ambassador to China; a year later he was elected to the remainder of Huntsman’s term. And in November 2012 he was elected to a full term.

Now he says he is looking forward to moving the state forward by leading with good principles.

"In times of great strife and difficulty, when our course is steep and we are weary, it may be tempting to take a shortcut; to postpone difficult decisions, to abandon our commitment to principle in favor of political expediency. But as I was taught by my parents, principles are not relative. Principles always hold true."

Also taking the oath of office along with the Governor Monday were Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, Attorney General John Swallow and Treasurer Richard Ellis. State Auditor John Dougall, chose to be sworn in earlier Monday at his office.