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Gregory Bell

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Gregory Bell
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Lieutenant Governor of Utah
Former officeholder
In office
September 1, 2009 - October 16, 2013
PartyRepublican
PredecessorGary R. Herbert (R)
Compensation
Base salary$105,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$38,599
AppointedSeptember 1, 2009
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Utah State Senate
January 20, 2003 – September 1, 2009
Farmington City Council
1990-2002
Education
Bachelor'sWeber State University (1972)
J.D.The University of Utah College of Law (1975)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 16, 1948
Place of birthOgden, Utah
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionLatter Day Saints
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Gregory S. Bell (born October 16, 1948 in Ogden, Utah) was the 7th Lieutenant Governor of Utah. Bell, a Republican, took office as the state's Lieutenant Governor on September 1, 2009 after confirmation by the Utah State Senate. The position became vacant when then-Lt. Gov. Gary R. Herbert took office as governor.[1]

On September 16, 2013, Bell announced he was resigning to return to the private sector in order to be able to save money for retirement. He stayed in the position until Spencer Cox was approved and sworn-in.[2][3]

Following the special election held to coincide with the 2010 midterms, both Gov. Herbert and Lt. Gov. Bell were elected to serve in their current offices until the 2012 election, in which they ran for, and won, re-election on a joint ticket on November 6, 2012.

In February 2013, it was reported that Bell was under investigation by the Davis County Attorney and the FBI after he was accused by a cabinet member of interfering in a child-abuse investigation and undermining the Department of Human Services. The case stemmed from 2011 when Bell ordered auditors to examine how the Division of Child and Family Services investigates child abuse allegations. Few details on the matter have come out as the audit itself was heavily redacted and the investigation is ongoing.[4] Bell has stated that he was just seeking the truth.[5]

Biography

Bell was the vice president of United Savings from 1977 to 1981. He then worked in private law practice with the Gregory S. Bell and Associates Law Firm from 1981 to 1984. From 1984 to 1997 he worked as partner for Kirton and McGrukie Law Firm. In 1997 he became partner for Raddon/Bell Properties. He served as a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 22nd senate district in Davis County from 2002 until 2009.

Education

  • BA, Weber State University, 1972
  • JD, The University of Utah College of Law, 1975

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Utah (2009-2013)

In 2009 Bell was appointed to the position of Lieutenant Governor for the State of Utah. He was elected in 2010 and re-elected on November 6, 2012.

Resignation

On September 16, 2013, Bell announced that he would be resigning his position as lieutenant governor to return to the private sector in order to be able to save money for retirement. Regarding the decision, 64-year-old Bell stated, “It really couldn’t have been a better job. It’s time for me to just move on to the next phase of my life.”[6]

While the lieutenant governor earns $105,000 a year plus benefits, Bell, a former real estate attorney, said the recession and difficult real estate market left him with numerous financial liabilities. Bell remained in the position until a replacement was named by Gov. Gary Herbert and confirmed by the state Senate.[7]

Herbert, who chose Bell for the job in 2009 had nothing but praise him, saying, “Greg Bell has worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a great deal. He has given every measure in dedicated public service, not just the past four years, but throughout his career.”[8]

Similar sentiment was echoed from across the political spectrum. State Senator Jim Dabakis, who also serves as chair of the Utah Democratic Party, said of Bell, "We are sad to lose one of the lone voices of reason and moderation in Utah's state government, as well as an ally and champion in the fight for quality public education at a time when there is so much work still to do for our schools and our children."[9]

Utah State Senate (2002-2009)

Bell joined the Utah State Senate in 2002 and served in that position until September of 2009.

Mayor of Farmington City (1994-2002)

Bell was elected Mayor of Farmington City in 1993. He served in that position until his election to the State Senate in 2002.

Farmington City Council (1990-1994)

Bell was a member of Farmington City Council from 1990 to 1994.

Elections

2012

See also: Utah gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Bell and Gov. Gary Herbert won re-election in 2012. At the statewide Republican Party nominating convention in late April, the pair captured 63 percent of the Republican delegates, beating David Kirkham, Morgan Philpot, Kenneth Sumsion, Lane Ronnow and William Skokos for the Republican Party nomination.[10]

In the November 6th, general election Herbert and Bell defeated Democrats Peter Cooke & Vince Rampton, Libertarians Ken Larsen & Rob Latham and Constitution Party candidate Kirk Pearson & Tim Alders.[11][12]

Governor of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton 27.7% 253,514
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Herbert and Greg Bell Incumbent 68.4% 624,678
     Libertarian Ken Larsen and Rob Latham 2.2% 19,956
     Constitution Kirk Pearson and Tim Alders 1.7% 15,548
Total Votes 913,696
Election Results via State of Utah.


2010

See also: Utah lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Gary Herbert/Greg Bell won re-election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah. They ran unopposed in the general election.

Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Herbert/Greg Bell Incumbent 64.2% 381,531
     Democratic Peter Corroon/Sheryl Allen 31.8% 188,911
     Independent Farley M. Anderson/Steve Maxfield 2% 11,842
     Libertarian W. Andrew McCullough/Aric Cramer, Sr. 2% 11,723
Total Votes 594,007
Election Results Via: Electionresults.utah.gov

2006

On November 7, 2006, Bell won re-election to the 22nd District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponents Dave Rowland and Sheryl Fluckiger.[13]

Bell raised $8,568 for his campaign, while Rowland raised $68 and Fluckiger raised $669. [14]

Utah State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Bell Incumbent 71.5% 14,718
     Democratic Dave Rowland 22.7% 4,669
     Constitution Sheryl Fluckiger 5.8% 1,200
Total Votes 20,587

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bell is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Bell raised a total of $38,599 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[15]

Gregory Bell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah Lieutenant Governor Won $14,919
2010 Utah Lieutenant Governor Won $5,476
2008 Utah State Senate Not up for election $300
2006 Utah State Senate Won $8,568
2004 Utah State Senate Not up for election $1,200
2002 Utah State Senate Won $8,136
Grand Total Raised $38,599

2012

Bell won re-election to the position of Utah Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Bell raised a total of $14,919.

2002-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Gregory Bell's donors each year.[16] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Bell and his wife JoLynn have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Utah State Senate District 22
2003–2009
Succeeded by
Stuart Adams (R)
Preceded by
Gary Herbert (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Utah
2009-2013
Succeeded by
Spencer Cox (R)