Utah Gov.: REALTOR® Background Key to My Success

November 4, 2016

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a former REALTOR® seeking re-election this year, told attendees Thursday at the welcoming ceremony for the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., that his experience in real estate raised his qualifications for public office and helped his first election.

"The background you get in understanding private property rights, small business, and the role of government [as it relates to real estate] has given me a great foundation to be a better governor," Herbert, a Republican, said via a video link during the NAR 360 event. "My background has been very well-received by the people of Utah and certainly has enhanced my opportunities to be a successful, effective governor."

Herbert, who was president of his state association and an NAR committee member, as well as a county commissioner in Utah, said the values REALTORS® stand for resonate with voters. "We all know as REALTORS® that the basis for freedom and liberty comes with private property rights," he said, adding that the financial support and campaign assistance he has received from real estate professionals has made a key difference in his career. "I would not be the governor today if it was not for the REALTOR® resources and the help I've gotten from the REALTORS® here in Utah" and from the REALTOR® Party.

Other topics at the NAR 360 welcoming event included the quality of REALTORS®' community involvement, including service to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the assistance provided to the Orlando community after the attack at Pulse earlier this year; an update on the Get REALTOR® consumer advertising campaign; an update on the strong relationship NAR has formed with global media powerhouse News Corp, which owns Move Inc., the operator of realtor.com®; and updates on RPAC initiatives in Washington, D.C. Read more about these updates.

By Sam Silverstein, REALTOR® Magazine