Spencer J. Cox is a family man from Fairview, Utah, which also happens to be in our own Arapeen District. On October 16, 2013, he was sworn in as Utah’s 8th Lieutenant Governor.
According to Utah.gov, “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.”
Cox was born and raised in his hometown of Fairview, Utah. He and his wife Abby both come from large families and were raised on farms in Sanpete County. It is these down-to-earth beginnings that allowed them to learn the value of hard work and collaboration, values that mirror those of Scouting. Spencer and Abby are the parents of four children: Gavin, Kaleb, Adam, and Emma Kate.
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 degree in political science with a minor in Spanish. Spencer graduated from the Washington and Lee School of Law, in Virginia, then returned to Utah for the opportunity to serve as a law clerk to Federal District Judge Ted Stewart. Following his clerkship, Spencer began his career as an attorney at the law firm of Fabian and Clendenin in Salt Lake City.
In 2003, they decided to return to Sanpete County and raise their family in rural Utah. There, Cox served as Vice President and General Counsel of CentraCom: a full-service telecommunications company with one of the largest fiber optic networks in the state. Shortly after arriving, Cox 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 doubled in size from 45 employees to more than 90, despite the severe economic downturn.
Cox has also been a dedicated public servant to his community as a Councilman and Mayor of Fairview City, as a Sanpete County Commissioner and in the Utah House of Representatives, representing most of Sanpete and Juab Counties.
Cox’s website notes that he is “strongly committed to supporting families and transforming education.” His other priorities include “increasing voter participation, utilizing modern technologies, promoting healthy living, and empowering the impoverished and homeless.” You can see his efforts to increase voter participation in his recent commercial for Vote.Utah.gov.
In his free time, Spencer enjoys running and spending time with his family. They love especially love camping and hiking in Utah’s amazing backcountry and are frequent visitors to our state and national parks. He is fluent in Spanish and also plays the bass guitar in a local rock band with his brother.
Get to know our Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox in person at the 2018 Celebration of Eagles. We hope to see you there!
Author: Madison Austin | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council