Deidre Henderson

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Deidre Henderson
9th Lieutenant Governor of Utah
Assumed office
January 4, 2021
GovernorSpencer Cox
Preceded bySpencer Cox
Member of the Utah State Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 1, 2013 – January 1, 2021
Preceded byRoss I. Romero
Succeeded byMike McKell
Personal details
Diedre Marie Hulse[1][2]

(1974-09-04) September 4, 1974 (age 49)
Political partyRepublican
SpouseGabe Henderson
EducationBrigham Young University
WebsiteCampaign website

Deidre Marie Henderson (née Hulse; born September 4, 1974)[3] is an American politician serving as the ninth lieutenant governor of Utah since January 4, 2021. From 2013 to 2021, she served as member of the Utah State Senate for District 7, which is based in Spanish Fork, Utah.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Deidre Henderson graduated from Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville, Utah.[5] While pursuing a bachelor's degree in history from Brigham Young University, she was her own intern.[6] She graduated from BYU in 2021.


Before joining the Utah State Senate, Henderson worked as a business consultant, and was involved in U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz's 2008 campaign.[7]

Henderson started her political career working for the Jason Chaffetz election campaign.[5][8] In 2012, Henderson was selected from among two candidates by the Republican convention and was unopposed for the November 6, 2012, general election, winning with 27,257 votes.[9] This district formerly consisted of the East bench of the Salt Lake Valley and was held by Democratic Senator Ross I. Romero who retired from the Senate in 2012. The Utah State Legislature's 2012 redistricting plan moved District 7 from the Salt Lake Valley to the Southern portion of Utah County.[10]

She was sworn into office in January 2013. In 2016, Henderson defeated her Democratic opponent, Andrew Apsley, with 83.65% of the vote to Apsley's 16.35%.[11] and re-elected in 2016.[12][11]

In the Senate, Henderson served on the Committee on Rule. Revenue and Taxation, Education, Business, Labor, and Economic Development Appropriations, and Higher Education Appropriations.[13]

Henderson ran to replace Jason Chaffetz in the U.S. Congress representing Utah's 3rd congressional district in 2017. Henderson lost to State Representative Chris Herrod in the Republican convention.[14]

Lieutenant Governor of Utah[edit]

On March 19, 2020, Henderson was selected as the running mate of incumbent lieutenant governor Spencer Cox in the 2020 Utah gubernatorial election Republican primary.[15][16] After Cox won the Republican primary, Henderson became the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.[17]

Personal life[edit]

She married Gabe Henderson and they have five children. Henderson is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  1. ^ Utah Financial Disclosures or Conflict of Interest Form, Diedre Marie Henderson
  2. ^ New Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson once called Taylorsville home for several years
  3. ^ "Deidre Henderson's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Henderson, Deidre M." Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Legislature. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Deidre Henderson Facebook". Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Utah Lieutenant Governor becomes an intern at state capitol". ABC4 Utah. January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "Deidre Henderson". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Henderson, Deidre M." Utah State Senate. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "2012 General Canvass Report". Salt Lake City, Utah: Lieutenant Governor of Utah. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "SB0125".
  11. ^ a b RFLe1LFR
  12. ^ "Deidre Henderson - Ballotpedia". Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  13. ^ 🖉"Account Suspended".
  14. ^ "Former state rep wins GOP nod for 3rd District special election to replace Chaffetz". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  15. ^ "Spencer Cox picks his running mate in Utah's race for governor — state Sen. Deidre Henderson". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "Spencer Cox picks Utah Sen. Deidre Henderson as running mate". KSLNewsRadio. March 19, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  17. ^ "Spencer Cox wins Republican primary race for Utah governor over Jon Huntsman". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2020.

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Utah State Senate
Preceded by Member of the Utah State Senate
from the 7th district

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Utah