Gov. Herbert appoints new lieutenant governor


Salt Lake City—Gov. Gary R. Herbert named Rep. Spencer J. Cox as Utah’s new lieutenant governor at the state capitol Oct. 8.

Rep. Spencer J. Cox has been appointed as Utah's new lieutenant governor. Courtesy photo.
Rep. Spencer J. Cox has been appointed as Utah’s new lieutenant governor. (Courtesy photo)

Cox is a Republican state representative from Sanpete County. He has served as  Sanpete County commissioner, Fairview mayor and city councilman. Cox is currently the vice president of telecommunications company CentraCom.

“Greg Bell leaves some pretty big shoes to fill, but Spencer Cox is the right person for the job,” Herbert said in a prepared statement on Oct. 8. “I am absolutely confident of his ability and talent.”

The Utah State Senate will vote to approve Cox’s position on Oct. 16. Cox will replace Lt. Gov. Greg Bell after the vote. Bell resigned from his position on Sept. 16 because of financial reasons, according to an official statement on Sept. 16.

“I share Gov. Herbert’s desire for limited, efficient government and a dedication to continued economic expansion that improves the lives of families in Utah,” Cox said in a prepared statement on Oct. 8. “I pledge to work tirelessly to carry on the duties of the lieutenant governor’s office with energy and integrity.”

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