Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) appointed Utah state representative Logan Wilde (R) to serve as Utah’s commissioner of agriculture and food on March 26. Wilde will fill the vacancy created when commissioner Kerry Gibson (R) resigned on January 14, 2020. Gibson resigned to run for Utah’s 1st Congressional District.
The commissioner oversees the Utah Department of Agriculture which promotes the interests and products of Utah agriculture and promotes methods for increasing production and facilitating the distribution of the agricultural products of the state, among other initiatives.
Wilde currently serves as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 53. He has served in the Utah House for seven years and is the vice chair of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee. Wilde is also a member of the Utah Association of Conservation Districts.
Before joining the Utah State Legislature, Wilde served on the Morgan County Council, Weber-Morgan Health Department Board, and as a managing partner at M.R. Wilde and Sons.
The Utah State Senate is scheduled to review Wilde’s appointment during the state legislature’s interim session in May 2020.