Lieutenant Governor of Utah
|Utah Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$39,193,900|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Utah Constitution, Article VII Section 1|
|Assumed office:||October 16, 2013|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Utah Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Attorney General •Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Elections
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The 8th and current lieutenant governor is Spencer Cox (R). He has served in this position since October 16, 2013. Cox, a Republican, was named to replace Greg Bell, who announced in September that he was stepping down from the post for financial reasons.
Under Article VII, Section 1 of the state's Constitution,
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.
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
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.
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. She also executes any gubernatorial powers delegated to her by the Governor.
The office of the Secretary of State in Utah was abolished in 1976 and those duties given to the Lieutenant Governor. The lieutenant governor has since become charges 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 Great Seal of the State of Utah.
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 the Governor's liaison the to legislature
- 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 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, of if the initiative is identical or substantially similar to an initiative submitted in the last two years.
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.
Signatures are submitted to the county clerk by June 1st.
Utah elects lieutenant governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Utah, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 7, 2013 and January 2, 2017 are inaugural days.
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.
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The budget for the Governor/Lieutenant Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $39,193,900.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries
The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
There have been seven Lieutenant Governors since the creation of the position in 1976.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1976-Present|
|1||Clyde L. Miller||1976-1977||Democratic|
|2||David S. Monson||1977-1985||Republican|
|3||W. Val Oveson||1985-1993||Republican|
|4||Olene S. Walker||1993-2003||Republican|
|6||Gary R. Herbert||2005-2009||Republican|
|7||Gregory S. Bell||2009-Present||Republican|
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Utah State Capitol Complex
P.O. Box 142325
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2325
- Governor: Gary Herbert (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Spencer Cox (R)
- Attorney General: Brian Tarbet (R)
- Auditor of State: John Dougall (R)
- Commissioner of Agriculture and Food: LuAnn Adams
- Treasurer of State: Richard Ellis (R)
- Utah Lt. Governor, "Home page," accessed May 21, 2012
- Fox 13, "Utah’s new Lt. Governor announced," October 8, 2013
- Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, "2013 Budget Summary – Tables," accessed April 6, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 29, 2014
- Utah Department of Administrative Services, Governors' Records at the Utah State Archives, accessed August 7, 2013