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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah State Senate just confirmed State Representative Spencer J. Cox (R - Dist. 58) as the eighth lieutenant governor of Utah. Cox was appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert on Oct. 8 to replace outgoing Lt. Governor Greg Bell.

"I'm pleased the Senate unanimously affirmed my choice for Utah's next lieutenant governor.  Spencer Cox is certain to hit the ground running as we continue our focus on the economy and education," said the Governor.  "His insight and leadership will be invaluable in making sure Utah remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family."

"Today I would like to thank the Utah Senate for their vote of support. I am humbled and honored to serve the people of Utah," said Cox.  "The departure of my dear friend, Lt. Governor Greg Bell, leaves some very big shoes to fill.  I'm excited for the opportunity to represent the citizens from every part of our state."

Cox continued, "I thank my wife and family for their willingness to sacrifice for the public good. I look forward to continuing the Governor's great work on economic development, education, energy and finding Utah-based solutions to our State's challenges."
 
A former Sanpete County commissioner and Fairview mayor and city councilman, Cox, 38, is presently the vice-president of CentraCom, a rural telecommunications company. Born and raised in Fairview, Cox and his wife, Abby, both graduated from North Sanpete High School, Snow College, and Utah State University.  He then graduated from the Washington and Lee law school with honors.

Following law school, Cox served as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Ted Stewart before practicing law at the Salt Lake City firm of Fabian and Clendenin. The Cox's are the parents of four children and come from Sanpete County families.

Within the hour Spencer Cox is expected to be sworn in by Judge Ted Stewart in a formal Gold Room ceremony at the Utah State Capitol. Media are welcome to attend.

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