Lieutenant Governor of Utah

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Utah Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $39,193,900
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Utah Constitution, Article VII Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Spencer Cox.jpg
Name:  Spencer Cox
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  October 16, 2013
Compensation:  $104,000
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Utah is an elected statutory officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Utah. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is not subject to term limits.[1]

Current officer

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The eighth and current lieutenant governor is Spencer Cox (R). He has served in this position since October 16, 2013. Cox was named to replace Greg Bell (R), who resigned the office in September 2013 citing financial reasons.[2]


The Utah Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article VII Section 1, the Executive Department.

Under Article VII, Section 1,

The Executive Department shall consist of Governor, Lieutenant Governor...

The Utah Code elaborates on the authority of the office in Title 67, Chapter 1a, Section 1.

Under Chapter 1a, Section 1:

It is the intent of the Legislature to emphasize the significant responsibilities and duties assigned to the lieutenant governor of the state. As the second highest official of the state, the lieutenant governor is next in command of the executive department in the event of death, removal, resignation, or disability of the governor. The assignment of important responsibilities to the lieutenant governor is essential to the continuity of state government and for the effective use of funds appropriated to the office of lieutenant governor.


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In order to be eligible for the office of lieutenant governor, a candidate must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of Utah for at least five years on the day of the election
  • a United States citizen
  • a qualified elector of Utah at the time of election

Additionally sitting lieutenant governors may not hold any federal office, any state office other than the governorship or be elected to the United States Senate during his term.


Utah state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Utah elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Utah, 2016, 2020, 2024 and 2028 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election.

In Utah, the governor and lieutenant governor are always elected on a shared ticket in both the primary and the general elections, meaning the two officers will always belong to the same party.

In the event of a tie between two candidates, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among the top two vote-getters.

Full history


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article VII, Section 10.

Vacancies in the lieutenant governor's offices are filled by a gubernatorial appointment, with the consent of the state senate. The appointee must be from the same political party as the governor.



Duties of the office are enumerated in the Utah Code, under Title 67, Chapter 1a, Section 2.

The lieutenant governor is the first in the line of succession in the event that the governor is incapacitated or absent or when the elected governor dies, resigns or is removed. The lieutenant governor also executes any gubernatorial powers delegated to him or her by the governor.

The office of the Utah Secretary of State was abolished in 1976 and those duties were given to the lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor has since been charged with overseeing key components of the initiative process. The lieutenant governor's additional duties include the oversight of all notaries public, the legal authentication of documents, maintaining oversight and regulation of registered lobbyists, certifying municipal annexations, maintaining oversight over all elections and serving as the "keeper" of the state seal.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Serving as the chief election officer of Utah
  • Keeping a register of, and attesting to, all official acts of the governor
  • Serving as an adviser to the governor on policy, fiscal and budgetary matters
  • Sitting on or chairing commissions, boards, committees and cabinet agencies as delegated by the governor

Role in the initiative process

Filing an initiative

To begin the initiative process a sponsor must first obtain an application (dead link) and submit it to the lieutenant governor's office along with a statement indicating whether or not circulators will be paid for their efforts.

The lieutenant governor will then accept or reject the petition. The petition will be rejected if the proposed initiative is patently unconstitutional, nonsensical, is unable to become law if passed or if the initiative is identical or substantially similar to an initiative submitted in the last two years.

Public Hearings

When the initiative is approved by the lieutenant governor, the sponsor must then hold seven public hearings throughout the state prior to circulating the petitions. The sponsor must alert the lieutenant governor, each state senator, state representative and county commissioner or county council member in which the county will be held of the upcoming meeting. Sponsors must also sent out written notification and place a notice in the region's newspaper.

While holding the hearings, the sponsor must generate audio or video recordings (or detailed minutes) and provide them to the lieutenant governor who will provide copies to the public.

Signature Verification

Signatures are submitted to the county clerk by June 1st.


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State budget

See also: Utah state budget and finances

The budget for the Utah Governor/Lieutenant Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $39,193,900.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers and Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: UT Code § 67-22-1 (2014)

The lieutenant governor, along with Utah's other elected executives, is entitled to a fixed salary, pursuant to Article VII, Section 18 of the Utah Constitution.

The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and any other state officer as the Legislature may provide, shall receive for their services a fixed and definite compensation as provided by law.

The amount of compensation the lieutenant governor receives annually is set by Title 67, Chapter 22, Section 1 of the Utah Code.[4]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $104,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $104,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $104,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been eight Utah Lieutenant Governors since the creation of the position in 1976. Of the eight officeholders, seven were Republicans and one was a Democrat[7]

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Contact information

Utah State Capitol Complex
P.O. Box 142325
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2325

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