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Lieutenant Governor of Utah

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Lieutenant Governor of Utah
Deidre Henderson
since January 4, 2021
TypeLieutenant governor
First holderClyde L. Miller

The office of the lieutenant governor of Utah was created in 1975. Nine 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; its duties were given to the newly created office of the lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor is elected on the same ticket as the governor.

The incumbent lieutenant governor is Republican Deidre Henderson, who has served since 2021.


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] She has general oversight authority over all elections—federal, state, or local—that take place in Utah.[7]

List of lieutenant governors[edit]


  Democratic   Republican

# Portrait Lieutenant Governor Took office Left office Governor(s) served under Party
1 Clyde L. Miller (1910–1988) 1975 1977 Cal Rampton Democratic
2 David Smith Monson (born 1945) 1977 1985 Scott M. Matheson Republican
3 W. Val Oveson (born 1952) 1985 1993 Norman H. Bangerter Republican
4 Olene Walker (1930–2015) 1993 2003 Mike Leavitt Republican
5 Gayle McKeachnie (born 1943) 2003 2005 Olene Walker Republican
6 Gary Herbert (born 1947) 2005 2009 Jon Huntsman Jr. Republican
7 Greg Bell (born 1948) 2009 2013 Gary Herbert Republican
8 Spencer Cox (born 1975) 2013 2021 Gary Herbert Republican
9 Deidre Henderson (born 1974) 2021 Incumbent Spencer Cox Republican

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Title 67 Chapter 1a Section 6".
  2. ^ "Title 46 Chapter 1 Section 3".
  3. ^ "Utah Code Section 67-1a-6". Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008.
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Utah Code Section 10-1-117". Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008.
  6. ^ "Utah Code Section 67-1a-7". Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008.
  7. ^ "Utah Code -- Title 20A -- Election Code". Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2008.