Spencer James Cox is a lawyer and politician from Utah. He is the state’s 18th governor since 2021. He was born on July 11, 1975. Cox is a Republican who served as Utah’s seventh lieutenant governor from 2013 to 2021.
In 2012, he was elected to Utah’s House of Representatives. Governor Gary Herbert chose Cox to succeed Greg Bell as lieutenant governor in October 2013. The Utah State Senate overwhelmingly confirmed him. In 2016, Cox was elected as Herbert’s running partner to the lieutenant governorship. After Herbert announced his retirement in 2020, Cox ran for governor as a Republican. He was elected Governor after winning the primary and the general election.
Spencer Cox Net Worth
Spencer Cox’s net worth is believed to be in the range of $1 million to $5 million.
Spencer Cox Career
Cox graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. Cox served as a law clerk for Judge Ted Stewart of the United States District Court for the District of Utah after graduating from law school. Following his clerkship, Cox joined the Salt Lake City legal firm Fabian and Clendenin. He moved back to rural Utah and took a job as a vice president at CentraCom.
Following Bell’s departure in October 2013, Herbert chose Cox to succeed him as lieutenant governor. On October 15, the Government Operations Confirmation Committee of the Utah Senate overwhelmingly endorsed his candidacy. The Utah Senate firmly confirmed him the next day, and he was sworn into office. Cox was voted to a full term as lieutenant governor as Herbert’s running partner in the 2016 Utah gubernatorial election.
In 2020, Cox launched his run for governor of Utah as a Republican. Cox garnered 36.4 per cent of the vote in the Republican primary, while former Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. earned 34.6 per cent. In the November general election, Cox beat Democratic Party contender Chris Peterson.
Cox came under fire during the COVID-19 pandemic in Utah in 2020 for the state’s decision to grant millions of dollars in no-bid transactions in the early days of the crisis. He was also criticized for the disputed purchase of an anti-malaria drug as a possible COVID-19 treatment.
Spencer Cox Education
He attended North Sanpete High School and graduated with honours. He went to Snow College and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico while in college.
He attended Utah State University (USU) after finishing with an associate’s degree. There he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and his wife, Abby earned a bachelor’s degree in special education.
Cox received Student of the Year honour at USU and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Cox was accepted to Harvard Law School but chose to attend Washington & Lee University School of Law instead, where he earned his Juris Doctor.
Spencer Cox Controversy
Earlier when Trump was running his Presidential campaign, Cox went on to say, “We care a lot about decorum. We care about our neighbours. We are good, kind people. He represents neither goodness nor kindness, I think he’s disingenuous. I think he’s dangerous. I think he represents the worst of what our great country stands for… I won’t vote for Hillary, but I won’t vote for Trump, either.”
Cox ultimately reversed his position and stated in 2020 that he backed Trump. However, following the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, Cox asserted that Trump was to blame for encouraging the violence.
In 2016, Cox spoke at a vigil in Salt Lake City to remember those who perished the day before in the Orlando nightclub tragedy. When he apologized for mistreating classmates and his lack of support for the LGBTQ community, he startled many.
He said, “how did you feel when you heard that 49 people had been gunned down by a self-proclaimed terrorist? That’s the easy question. Here is the hard one: Did that feeling change when you found out the shooting was at a gay bar at 2 a.m. in the morning? If that feeling changes, then we are doing something wrong.”
Spencer Cox recently vetoed a contentious law prohibiting transgender girls from participating in female high school athletics.
Cox took to his Twitter and said, “I believe in fairness and protecting the integrity of women’s sports. Unfortunately, HB11 has several fundamental flaws which are why I’ve chosen to veto the bill.”