Born and raised in Weber County, Kerry owned and operated a fifth-generation dairy farm with his father and brother until 2018. Kerry also has successfully owned and operated several small businesses. He’s a strong supporter of the free enterprise system and believes government’s role should be limited and focused on helping all citizens achieve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
After two years of church missionary service in the Netherlands, Kerry married his sweetheart Katrina Creager Gibson and the two settled in Weber County with their six children, and now two grandchildren. He attended Utah State University where he earned his Dairy Herdsman Degree.
Early on, Kerry took an active interest in community organizations that supported agriculture, including the Farm Service Agency and Farm Bureau. He chaired the National Young Farmers and Ranchers committee, and in 2001 was chosen as the Top Young Farmer in the nation by the American Farm Bureau Federation. In 2003, he was awarded an Agriculture Eisenhower Fellowship and spent several months in Europe working on food safety and security issues with European Union officials. In these capacities, he worked closely with officials in Washington DC and developed a great love for country, sparking a desire to be more politically active.
In 2004, he was elected as a State Representative for District 6. As a three-term State Representative, Kerry worked to promote conservative and constitutional-based governing principles in the legislature. Kerry sponsored and passed several pieces of important legislation that protect families, create government efficiencies, and preserve individual liberties.
As the chair of the Natural Resources Appropriations Committee, Kerry oversaw the States’ budget for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), as well as water rights, water resources, wildlife and the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), among others. He also served on the Utah International Trade Commission and State Water Development Commission. In 2010, Kerry won election to the Weber County Commission, where he served until his 2018 appointment as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Kerry was appointed commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in 2019. He is fluent in agriculture production, business management, and governance leadership.
Kerry Gibson is running for Congress because his proven conservative record as a county commissioner, state legislator, and Utah Ag Commissioner makes him uniquely qualified to represent and fight for our Utah values in Washington DC.