Spencer J. Cox

Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and Family

Lt. Governor Cox's Official Introduction Bio

Spencer J. Cox was sworn in as Utah's 8th Lieutenant Governor on October 16, 2013.

As Lieutenant Governor, he serves as the chief election officer, liaison between the governor and the state legislature, and serves on 20 committees and commissions, chairing 12 of them.

Spencer was born and raised in the town of Fairview, Utah. He and his wife Abby both come from large families, and were raised on farms in Sanpete County, where they learned the value of hard work and collaboration. Spencer and Abby are the parents of four children between ages 9 and 17: Gavin, Kaleb, Adam, and Emma Kate.


Spencer Cox: The lieutenant governor who almost said no

Spencer Cox: The lieutenant governor who almost said no FAIRVIEW - Spencer Cox once turned down Harvard for a less glamorous school and walked away from a lucrative job with a law firm to move back to his boyhood farm. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised that he came within minutes of turning down an offer to be Utah's lieutenant governor.

Getting the L.G. job is like winning the lottery in politics, and he was only 38 and a rookie state legislator to boot. Yet he came this close to saying no, and the reason he almost said no can be found in Fairview, population 1,300. You get there by following Highway 89, which winds through the sage and juniper country of Sanpete County, with the snow-capped Manti LaSalles framing the eastern horizon, overlooking green meadows and marshes dotted with cattle, sheep and horses.