Lieutenant Governor of Utah

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The Office of the Lieutenant Governor in Utah was created in 1975. There have only been eight Lieutenant Governors in Utah's history. 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 Utah's Secretary of State was abolished by the legislature in 1976, and those duties given to the newly created Office of the Lieutenant Governor.


Utah has no Secretary of State,[1] many of the functions that would commonly be served by a state Secretary of State are fulfilled by Utah's Lieutenant Governor.[2] Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor's statutory duties include the oversight of all Notaries Public,[3] the legal authentication of documents,[4] maintaining oversight and regulation of registered lobbyists,[5] certifying municipal annexations,[6] and serving as the "keeper" of The Great Seal of the State of Utah.[7] Arguably the most important duty of the Utah Lieutenant Governor is to maintain general oversight authority over all elections—federal, state, or local—that take place in Utah.[8]

List of Utah Lieutenant Governors[edit]

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Clyde L. Miller 1975 1977 Democratic
2 David Smith Monson 1977 1985 Republican
3 W. Val Oveson 1985 1993 Republican
4 Olene S. Walker 1993 2003 Republican
5 Gayle McKeachnie 2003 2005 Republican
6 Gary R. Herbert 2005 2009 Republican
7 Greg Bell 2009 2013 Republican
8 Spencer Cox 2013 Incumbent Republican