Spencer J. Cox

Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and Family

Spencer J. Cox was born and raised in the town of Fairview. He and his wife, Abby, are the parents of four children. Spencer, the oldest of eight children, and Abby, the fifth of ten siblings, come from large families. They were both raised on farms in Sanpete County, where they learned the value of dedication and hard work.

Spencer and Abby both graduated from North Sanpete High School, Snow College, and Utah State University. Abby received a degree in Special Education, while Spencer earned a BA degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. While at USU, Spencer was recognized by his department as the Student of the Year and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. He then graduated from the Washington and Lee School of Law with honors, while distinguishing himself with several accolades including Law Review.

Upon graduation, Spencer and Abby moved to Davis County where Spencer had the opportunity to serve as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Ted Stewart. Following the clerkship, Spencer began his career as an attorney at the law firm of Fabian and Clendenin in Salt Lake City.

In 2003, Spencer and Abby decided to return and raise their family in rural Utah. Spencer accepted the position of Vice President with CentraCom, a rural telecommunications company. Shortly after arriving, Spencer helped to design and implement an aggressive expansion plan to grow the company's rural footprint and, for the first time, bring service to enterprise customers on the Wasatch Front. Since his arrival, CentraCom has doubled in size from 45 employees to more than 90, despite the severe economic downturn.

During their next ten years in Fairview, Spencer served as a Councilman and Mayor of Fairview City, as a Sanpete County Commissioner and in the Utah House of Representatives representing District 58, most of Sanpete and Juab Counties. As Lieutenant Governor, he serves as the State Election Officer, Legislative Liason, Chair or Co-chair of ten committees or commissions and a member of seven committees covering a wide array of issues including education, multicultural affairs, homelessness, constitutional defense, emergency management, bonding, rural and economic development.

In his spare time, Spencer loves running as well as camping and hiking with his family throughout Utah's amazing backcountry. He is fluent in Spanish. He also enjoys playing the bass guitar with his brother in a local band.