Government of Utah

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Utah is republic and the government of Utah holds powers divided into three distinct branches: legislative; executive; and, judicial. Each branch fulfills specific functions and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution.

Executive Department

The executive powers of government are vested in the Governor. The current governor is Gary Herbert, a Republican. Herbert, the previous lieutenant governor, assumed the governorship on August 11, 2009, following the resignation of Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., who was appointed United States Ambassador to the People's Republic of China by President Barack Obama. Herbert was elected for a further four-year term in 2012.


Office Office-holder
Governor Gary R. Herbert
Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox
Attorney General Sean Reyes
State Treasurer Richard K. Ellis
State Auditor John Dougall

The Governor's Cabinet consists of the following appointees, who are the heads of the agencies listed:[1]

Legislative Department

The legislative powers of government are vested in the Senate, House of Representatives and the people. The House of Representatives has a Republican majority.

Utah State Senate


Majority (Republican) Leadership

Minority (Democratic) Leadership

Utah State House of Representatives


Majority (Republican) Leadership

Minority (Democratic) Leadership

  • Minority Leader: Brian King (D-28)
  • Minority Whip: Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-24)

Judicial Department

The judicial powers of government are vested in a Supreme Court, district courts, and other courts of record.

Supreme Court

Office Office-holder[2]
Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant
Associate Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee
Associate Justice Christine Durham
Associate Justice Constandinos Himonas
Associate Justice John A. Pearce

District Courts

District Counties
1 Box Elder, Cache, and Rich
2 Davis, Morgan, and Weber
3 Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele
4 Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch
5 Beaver, Iron, and Washington
6 Garfield, Kane, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne
7 Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan
8 Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah


  1. ^ Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr Archived 2008-06-30 at the Wayback Machine.
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