Early Years: Born, 1947, in born in American Fork, Utah.
Education: Graduated from Orem High School, served a two-year mission for the LDS Church in the Eastern States Mission, and attended Brigham Young University.
Career: Served in the Utah Army National Guard, opened his own real estate firm, served 14 years on the Utah County Commission in 1990, served as presidents of the Utah Association of Counties and Utah Association of Realtors.
Nickname: Beehive State
Capital: Salt Lake City
Population: 2.9 million
Size: The state covers 84,899 square miles
Economic drivers: High-tech, petroleum and coal, tourism
Did you know? Over 70 percent of the land in Utah is owned by the federal government (BLM, Utah State Trustland, U.S. National Forest, U.S. National Park, U.S. National Monument, National Recreation Area or U.S. Wilderness Area).