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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

Further information: List of Governors of Utah and Lieutenant Governor of Utah

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.

Officers

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:

  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Administrative Services
  • Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Corrections
  • Chief Information Officer for the State of Utah, Utah Department of Technology Services
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Commerce
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
  • Commissioner, Utah Department of Financial Institutions
  • Executive Director, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Health
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Human Resource Management
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Human Services
  • Commissioner, Utah Insurance Department
  • Adjutant General of Utah, Utah National Guard
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Natural Resources
  • Commissioner, Utah Department of Public Safety
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Community and Culture
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • Executive Director, Utah Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Chairperson, Utah Board of Pardons and Parole
  • Commissioner, Utah Labor Commission
  • Commissioner, Utah State Tax Commission

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