FORA.tv Speaker - Olene S. Walker
Olene S. Walker was sworn in as Utah's 15th and first woman governor on November 5, 2003. During her tenure as governor, she led Utah toward continued improvements in literacy and education. Governor Walker also made affordable housing and homelessness prevention a priority across the state. Consequently, Utah's housing fund bears her name, the Olene Walker Housing Trust Fund.
While previously serving as Utah's first woman lieutenant governor, Governor Walker spearheaded many important initiatives including education programs, budget security measures, healthcare reform and workforce development. She led the Healthcare Reform Task Force that resulted in establishing the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ensuring affordable healthcare for Utah's children. Governor Walker served as Chair of the Workforce Task Force, resulting in the development of the Department of Workforce Services. She also chaired the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors and is a past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. She was the first lieutenant governor ever to serve as the president of that organization.
02.16.07 | 00:39:18 min
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