Olene S. Walker


Olene S. Walker, Utah’s 15th and first female governor, created the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service to help foster in Weber State University students and the broader community the public service and political engagement that motivated her decades-long career in Utah politics. From humble beginnings as a Weber County farm girl to her history-making term in Utah’s highest office, Walker relied on common sense and determination to get things done as she built her legacy as a trailblazer for women in politics and a role model for all Utahns. 

Olene S. Walker obituary

Governor Walker Utah State Archive Page

Read her biography - by Lisa Carricaburu

Read her oral history - by Sarah (Langston) Singh

Former Governor Olene Walker awarded YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award - Fox 13 News

YWCA to honor ex-Utah Gov. Olene Walker, who extols ‘sense of humor’ in politics - Salt Lake Tribune