Utah governor resigns to be ambassador
August 11, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to China.
Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert immediately assumes the duties of governor upon Huntsman’s resignation, but the Utah Constitution also requires him to take an oath of office, which is scheduled for noon.
Immediately after resigning Tuesday, Huntsman took the oath to become ambassador.
Huntsman is a moderate Republican who was the most popular governor in state history, winning re-election in November with a record 77 percent of the vote.
Huntsman led efforts to normalize the state’s notoriously quirky liquor laws and revamped the state’s tax code while in office. Before being tapped by President Barack Obama as an ambassador, Huntsman had been considering seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2012.
This article will be updated.