Lieutenant Governor of Utah

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Utah was created in 1975. Eight people have held the position since then.

Prior to the creation of the lieutenant governor's office, the succession to the governorship of Utah was held by the Utah Secretary of State. The office of the secretary of state was abolished by the state legislature in 1976, and its duties were given to the newly created Office of the Lieutenant Governor.


Utah has no Secretary of State, and many of the functions that would commonly be served by a secretary of state are fulfilled by the lieutenant governor.[1] The lieutenant governor's statutory duties include the oversight of all notaries public,[2] the legal authentication of documents,[3] maintaining oversight and regulation of registered lobbyists,[4] certifying municipal annexations,[5] and serving as the "keeper" of the Great Seal of the State of Utah.[6] He has general oversight authority over all elections—federal, state, or local—that take place in Utah.[7]

List of lieutenant governors


  Democratic   Republican

# Image Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party
1 Clyde L. Miller (1910 – 1988) 1975 1977 Democratic
2 David Smith Monson (born 1945) 1977 1985 Republican
3 W. Val Oveson (born 1952) 1985 1993 Republican
4 Olene Walker (1930 – 2015) 1993 2003 Republican
5 Gayle McKeachnie (born 1943) 2003 2005 Republican
6 Gary R. Herbert (born 1947) 2005 2009 Republican
7 Greg Bell (born 1948) 2009 2013 Republican
8 Spencer Cox (born 1975) 2013 Incumbent Republican


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