Greg Bell (politician)

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Greg Bell
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7th Lieutenant Governor of Utah
In office
September 1, 2009 – October 16, 2013
GovernorGary Herbert
Preceded byGary Herbert
Succeeded bySpencer Cox
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 20, 2003 – September 1, 2009
Preceded byTerry R. Spencer
Succeeded byStuart Adams
Personal details
Born (1948-10-16) October 16, 1948 (age 70)
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)JoLynn Bell
Children6
OccupationReal Estate Developer
WebsiteLt. Governor Website

Gregory S. Bell (born October 16, 1948) is an American politician, real estate and banking attorney, and was the seventh Lieutenant Governor of the US state of Utah. A Republican, he was a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 22nd senate district in Davis County.[1] Bell was appointed Lieutenant Governor effective September 1, 2009. He was elected to half a term November 2, 2010 and then elected to a full term November 6, 2012.

Early life and career[edit]

Bell was born October 16, 1948 in Ogden, Utah. He was raised in Ogden and also Spring Glen, Carbon County, Utah. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1966, where he participated in debate under revered coach Portia Douglas and won the National Forensic Association's intermountain regional debate tournament in 1966. After serving a mission from 1967 to 1969, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany, Bell attended and graduated from Weber State University in 1972 with a BA., and from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975 with a J.D.[2]

Bell is married to the former JoLynn Barker. They have six children: sons Braden, Ryan, Davis, and Christian, and daughters Andrea and Eliza[2] and 25 grandchildren.

Bell was employed as Vice President/General Counsel of United Savings from 1977 to 1981. He left to found Gregory Bell and Associates law firm, which merged with Kirton & McConkie law firm in 1984, where he was a shareholder, director, and officer until leaving in 1997. He became a partner in Raddon/Bell Properties, a real estate development company.[2] Thereafter, Bell was self-employed in real estate development until 2008, when he joined the old-line Salt Lake law firm Fabian & Clendenin.

The Bells raised their children in Farmington and now live in Fruit Heights, UT.

Bell was elected to the Farmington City Council in 1990 and in 1994[2] was elected Mayor of Farmington, Utah, serving until 2002. He was elected to the Utah Senate in Utah's 22nd Senate district in 2002.

He was elected to Senate Leadership as Asst. Majority Whip by his colleagues for 2008–09, serving on the Joint Leadership, Executive Appropriations, and Legislative Management Committees.

The Utah Hospital Association named Mr. Bell President and CEO in October, 2013, where he currently works. His leadership is marked by a deep commitment to fostering healthy lifestyles. He helped found and serves as the Chair of Get Healthy Utah, which promotes active living and healthy eating among Utahns. He has also become an ardent champion of improving Utah's mental health and substance abuse delivery and payment systems through alliances with providers and payors.

Electoral results[edit]

Bell was first elected to the Utah State Senate in district 22 in the 2002 General Election held on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 with approximately 87% of the vote. His opponent was Green Party candidate David L. Rowland who obtained approximately 13% of the vote. Bell was up for re-election in the 2006 General Election held on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 and defeated Democratic Party candidate Dave Rowland by a margin of 71% to 23%. Also running in 2006 was Constitution Party candidate Sheryl Fluckiger who obtained approximately 6% of the vote.

Utah State Senate election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Gregory S. Bell 14,718 71.4
Democratic David L. Rowland 4,699 22.8
Constitution Sheryl Fluckinger 1,200 5.8

Political views[edit]

A leader in ethics reform, his SB 156 passed in the 2008 General Session, which lowers the disclosure threshold on gifts and meals. Bell generally supports increased funding for public education.[3] In terms of Criminal Justice issues Bell has been a strong advocate for inmate education and counseling. He supported passage of a constitutional amendment which would allow the legislature to limit extensive post-conviction litigation by convicted criminals of the technical elements of their trials. Bell has been a sharp critic of state policies which essentially force cities and towns to rely on increasing their retail sales tax base and thus cater to sprawl-inducing, auto-dependent retail development which warps traditional land use and development. See his article: Sales Tax and Land Use: "Are Cities Being Driven to the Mall?", Gregory Bell, The Hinckley Journal of Politics (2007, Volume 8), p. 69.

Organizations[edit]

In 2001, Greg Bell succeeded Jon Huntsman, Jr. as Chair of Envision Utah, a position he held from 2001 to 2003.[4] Envision Utah is a public/private partnership that "work[s] toward quality growth within the Greater Wasatch Area of Utah" and to develop a "vision to protect Utah's environment, economic strength, and quality of life for generations to come."[5] Bell also served on the Board of Trustees of the Coalition for Utah's Future. He served as President of the Farmington Bay District of the Boy Scouts of America and as Chair of the Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar.

Bell served as a member and chair of the Governing Authority (board of trustees) of the Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) from 2014 until 2016. Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Bell to the board of trustees of the Utah Transit Authority in 2016, and Bell was elected Chair of the Board effective January 2018. He serves on other community and business boards.

Resignation[edit]

On September 16, 2013 Bell announced he would resign his position as Utah's Lieutenant Governor, citing his "family's long-term financial needs."[6] Bell indicated that his resignation would take effect after Utah Governor Gary Herbert nominated, and the Utah State Senate confirmed, his replacement. Herbert nominated Spencer Cox to replace Bell on October 8.[7]

Further reading[edit]

  • Anderton, Dave (November 30, 2005). "Nuclear power amendment tossed". Deseret Morning News. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved February 6, 2006.
  • Bulkeley, Deborah (January 29, 2005). "Hate-crimes bill gets a lobbyist". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved February 6, 2006.

External links[edit]

Legislative Information

Voting Record

Financial Disclosures

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Legislative Biography, Gregory S. Bell
  2. ^ a b c d Vote Smart Biography, Gregory S. Bell
  3. ^ Project Vote Smart, 2002 NPAT
  4. ^ Envision Utah, http://www.envisionutah.org/historyenvisonutahv5p1.pdf
  5. ^ Envision Utah, http://www.envisionutah.org/
  6. ^ Lt. Governor Greg Bell to step down http://www.abc4.com/content/news/story/Lt-Governor-Greg-Bell-to-step-down/ncU8lWYO2kOupXCrj5EoBw.cspx
  7. ^ Gehrke, Robert. "Herbert picks state Rep. Spencer Cox as new lieutenant governor". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gary R. Herbert
Lieutenant Governor of Utah
September 1, 2009 – October 16, 2013
Succeeded by
Spencer Cox