Leavitt, Michael O. (Michael Okerlund), 1951-Alternative names
Michael Okerlund Leavitt was born February 11, 1951 in Cedar City, Utah. He served with the Utah National Guard from 1969 to 1975. In 1973, he received a B.A. in economics and business from Southern Utah University. He married Jacalyn Smith. He worked for The Leavitt Groups, a regional insurance firm, founded by his father, and served on the boards of directors of several large companies. Leavitt was elected 14th Governor of the state of Utah in 1992 and served until 2003. While Governor he led the state in an era of unprecedented economic prosperity. He convened the Governor's Growth Summit, which created statewide involvement in improving transportation, preserving open space, and developing and conserving water. On August 11, 2003, Leavitt was nominated to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection (EPA). He was confirmed to this office on October 28, 2003, and served until January 26, 2005, when he became the Secretary of Health and Human Services. While at EPA, he signed the Clean Air Diesel Rule, implemented new, more-protective air quality standards for ozone and fine particle pollution and organized a regional collaboration of national significance to clean and protect the Great Lakes. He also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and with the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.
From the description of Leavitt, Michael O. (Michael Okerlund), 1951- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10611436