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


      Democratic       Republican

# Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party
1 Clyde L. Miller 1975 1977 Democratic
2 David Smith Monson 1977 1985 Republican
3 W. Val Oveson 1985 1993 Republican
4 Olene Walker 1993 2003 Republican
5 Gayle McKeachnie 2003 2005 Republican
6 Gary R. Herbert 2005 2009 Republican
7 Greg Bell 2009 2013 Republican
8 Spencer Cox 2013 Incumbent Republican

Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Utah

As of November 2015, there art five former U.S. lieutenant governors of Utah were alive, the oldest being Gayle McKeachnie (served 2003-2005, born 1943). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Utah was that of Olene S. Walker (served 1993–2003, born 1930), on November 28, 2015. She is also the most recently serving U.S. lieutenant governor of Utah to die.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
David Smith Monson 1977–1985 (1945-06-20) June 20, 1945 (age 73)
W. Val Oveson 1985–1993 (1952-02-11) February 11, 1952 (age 67)
Gayle McKeachnie 2003–2005 (1943-01-26) January 26, 1943 (age 76)
Gary R. Herbert 2005–2009 (1947-05-07) May 7, 1947 (age 72)
Greg Bell 2009–2013 (1948-10-16) October 16, 1948 (age 70)