Lieutenant Governor of Utah

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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,[1] many of the functions that would commonly be served by a state Secretary of State are fulfilled by Utah's Lieutenant Governor.[2] Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor's statutory duties include the oversight of all Notaries Public,[3] the legal authentication of documents,[4] maintaining oversight and regulation of registered lobbyists,[5] certifying municipal annexations,[6] and serving as the "keeper" of The Great Seal of the State of Utah.[7] 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.[8]

List of lieutenant governors[edit]


      Democratic       Republican

#Lt. GovernorTook OfficeLeft OfficeParty
1Clyde L. Miller19751977Democratic
2David Smith Monson19771985Republican
3W. Val Oveson19851993Republican
4Olene S. Walker19932003Republican
5Gayle McKeachnie20032005Republican
6Gary R. Herbert20052009Republican
7Greg Bell20092013Republican
8Spencer Cox2013IncumbentRepublican

Living former lieutenant governors[edit]

As of August 2014, six former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Olene S. Walker (1993–2003, born 1930). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Clyde L. Miller (1975–1977), on September 14, 1988. He is also the most recently serving lieutenant governor to die.

Lt. GovernorLt. Gubernatorial termDate of birth
David Smith Monson1977–1985(1945-06-20) June 20, 1945 (age 69)
W. Val Oveson1985–1993(1952-02-11) February 11, 1952 (age 62)
Olene S. Walker1993–2003(1930-11-15) November 15, 1930 (age 84)
Gayle McKeachnie1993–1995(1943-01-26) January 26, 1943 (age 71)
Gary R. Herbert2005–2009(1947-05-07) May 7, 1947 (age 67)
Greg Bell2009–2013(1948-10-16) October 16, 1948 (age 66)