Spencer Cox - Gubernatorial candidate

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Spencer Cox - Gubernatorial candidate (Photo: KUTV)

Spencer J. Cox is Utah’s 8th Lieutenant Governor and one of the youngest Lt. Governors in the country.

He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah in Sanpete County and grew up just six miles north in the small town of Fairview. After graduating from North Sanpete High School, he moved to Mexico for two years as a volunteer for his church. Upon returning, he attended Snow College and completed his associate’s degree. During that time, he also married his high school sweetheart, Abby, who also graduated from Snow College.

He and Abby continued their education at Utah State University where Spencer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Abby obtained her degree in special education. Though accepted to several law schools, including Harvard, Spencer ultimately decided to attend Washington and Lee Law School in Virginia.

Upon receiving his Juris Doctor, Spencer and Abby moved their small family back across the country to Salt Lake City where he practiced law with Fabian & Clendenin (now Fabian Vancott). He was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the city council and was later elected as mayor of Fairview. In 2008, he was elected as a Sanpete County Commissioner and served for four years before being elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012.

After serving nine months as a state representative, Cox was selected by Gov. Gary Herbert to succeed Greg Bell as Lt. Governor. He was confirmed unanimously by the Utah Senate and sworn in on October 16, 2013. Herbert and Cox were reelected to another term in 2016.

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