Division of Archives and Records Service

Oaths of Office, 2009 Part Deux

Gina Strack
March 8, 2010

In 2009, the new Oaths of Office for top state officers was posted in the Utah State Digital Archives. Only a few months later, those officials changed so new documents were required and eventually sent to the Archives. The oaths for Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Bell are now online.

State officers are required by both the federal and state constitutions to take an oath of office. The Constitution of the United States requires members of the legislature as well as all executive and judicial officers of the states to be bound by oath or affirmation to support the federal Constitution (Article VI, clause 3). The Constitution of Utah specifies the wording of the oath to be taken by “all officers made elective or appointive by this Constitution or by the laws made in pursuance thereof, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices” (Article IV, section 10).