A sixth-generation Utahn, Gov. Spencer J. Cox was born and raised in Fairview, a town of 1,247 residents located about two hours south of Salt Lake City. He graduated from Snow College, Utah State University, and Washington and Lee University School of Law. Gov. Cox has spoken out and led out on some of the state’s most daunting challenges, including the current coronavirus crisis, homelessness, suicide prevention, and bullying. His efforts contributed to Utah’s unprecedented prosperity while fulfilling his constitutional mandate to ensure free and fair elections as the state’s chief election officer. Cox is a vocal advocate for civility in politics. He’s committed to improving education, strengthening the economy, bolstering Utah’s rural communities, supporting public health, and ensuring opportunity for all Utahns.
Lt. Gov. Deidre M. Henderson has been in office since 2013, representing Utah’s Seventh District, including Spanish Fork, Provo, Payson, Elk Ridge, Springville, Salem, Woodland Hills, Vineyard, and Santaquin. Henderson grew up in Taylorsville and began her studies in political science at Brigham Young University. After settling in Spanish Fork, Henderson ran a small business with her husband, Gabe, before launching her public service career as the political director and campaign manager for former Congressman Jason Chaffetz. During her years in the Utah Senate, Lt. Gov. Henderson was one of two Republican women in the Senate, where she gained a reputation as a strong conservative, a champion for government transparency, and a vocal advocate for women and families. She served as chair of the Senate Rules Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee and Education Committee, and the Ethics Committee vice-chair. Her efforts gained recognition by numerous civic groups, including Legislator of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police and Taxpayer Advocate of the Year by the Utah Taxpayers Association. Following the 2020 legislative session, the Libertas Institute gave her the highest score in the Senate and awarded her as one of the organization’s Defenders of Liberty.