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Outgoing Utah Governor Reflects On 11-Year Term, Pandemic

Gary Herbert has been in Utah’s highest office for over a decade, but his greatest challenge arrived less than a year ago. The coronavirus pandemic brought death, economic upheaval and angry crowds outside the governor's personal home. The Republican was one of several governors that initially resisted a statewide mask mandate, instead stressing “personal responsibility." He finally issued the order in November. He told The Associated Press that there's little he would change about how his administration handled the pandemic but says he was surprised by the backlash to the state's restrictions.