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, many of the functions that would commonly be served by a state Secretary of State are fulfilled by Utah's Lieutenant Governor. Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor's statutory duties include the oversight of all Notaries Public, the legal authentication of documents, maintaining oversight and regulation of registered lobbyists, certifying municipalannexations, and serving as the "keeper" of The Great Seal of the State of Utah. 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.
As of November 2015[update], five former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Gayle McKeachnie (born 1943). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Olene S. Walker (1993–2003), on November 28, 2015. She is also the most recently serving lieutenant governor to die.