Lieutenant Governor of Utah Article

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The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Utah was created in 1975. Eight 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, and its duties were given to the newly created Office of the Lieutenant Governor.


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] He has general oversight authority over all elections—federal, state, or local—that take place in Utah. [7] Additionally, he or she has direct and absolute control over the messages displayed on the I-15 electronic message boards, as well as the employees and department that writes them. [8]

List of lieutenant governors


   Democratic    Republican

# Image Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Governor(s) served under Party
1 No image.svg Clyde L. Miller (1910 – 1988) 1975 1977 Calvin L. Rampton Democratic
2 David Smith Monson.jpg David Smith Monson (born 1945) 1977 1985 Scott M. Matheson Republican
3 No image.svg W. Val Oveson (born 1952) 1985 1993 Norman H. Bangerter Republican
4 Olene Walker.JPG Olene Walker (1930 – 2015) 1993 2003 Mike Leavitt Republican
5 No image.svg Gayle McKeachnie (born 1943) 2003 2005 Olene Walker Republican
6 2013-05-23 Gary R Herbert.JPG Gary Herbert (born 1947) 2005 2009 Jon Huntsman Jr. Republican
7 Greg Bell high res.jpg Greg Bell (born 1948) 2009 2013 Gary Herbert Republican
8 Spencer Cox in 2017.png Spencer Cox (born 1975) 2013 Incumbent Gary Herbert Republican


  1. ^ "Title 67 Chapter 1a Section 6".
  2. ^ "Title 46 Chapter 1 Section 3".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
  8. ^ "Constitution of Utah". Wikipedia. 2017-10-28.