Governor appoints director of federal affairs

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced the appointment of Gordon Larsen as director of federal affairs.

“I am pleased to have Gordon Larsen join the Herbert/Cox administration,” Gov. Herbert said. “His previous experience overseeing legislative and congressional affairs and his demonstrated policy expertise will make him an invaluable addition to my staff.”

Larsen served most recently as legislative counsel for congressional affairs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent agency of the United States government. He previously worked as legislative director for Rep. Chris Stewart, where he supervised the congressman’s work on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Larsen also worked as legislative director for Rep. Rob Bishop, advising in areas related to health care, budget, tax and economic policy.

A native of Kearns, Utah, Larsen attended Brigham Young University for undergraduate studies and holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the College of William and Mary.

“One of the virtues of federalism is the ability of states to learn from each other, and Utah has no shortage of lessons for the rest of the country, especially the federal government,” Larsen said.  “I’m thrilled to help Gov. Herbert work with the federal government in a way that improves federal policy and highlights Utah’s extraordinary successes.”

Larsen replaces Cody Stewart, who served the Herbert Administration in various capacities from 2011 to 2017. Larsen will formally assume his position with the administration on Oct. 2, 2017.