SPENCER Cox became the 18th governor of Utah in January of 2021.
Cox, who is just 45, had previously served as city councilman, mayor, county commissioner, state legislator, and lieutenant governor.
Governor Spencer Cox speaks during a briefing at the Utah State Capitol on January 8, 2021, in Salt Lake CityCredit: AP
Who is Governor Spencer Cox?
A sixth-generation “Utahn,” Spencer Cox was born and raised in Fairview, a town of 1,247 people.
He would graduate from Utah‘s Snow College, Utah State University and Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Cox would become a lawyer before embarking on his political career.
He would serve as a Fairview city councilman, mayor, county commissioner and state legislator before being appointed the state’s lieutenant governor in 2013.
Cox at the 2017 Sundance Film FestivalCredit: Getty
Cox, a Republican, would defeat Democratic nominee Christopher Peterson in the 2020 election to become governor.
He met Abby Palmer when he was 16 and the couple remain married.
They share four children – Gavin, Kaleb, Adam and EmmaKate.
“He and his family enjoy spending time in Utah’s amazing backcountry,” reads the governor’s online bio.
“He also plays the bass guitar with his brother in a local rock band.”
Cox, as lieutenant governor, in 2014Credit: Getty
What did the governor tell Utah residents about ‘personal responsibility’?
The Utah governor is urging residents to be respectful of coronavirus guidelines imposed by businesses.
Many restrictions in the state have been lifted due to lower infection rates, but some remain.
“It is now really about personal responsibility,” said Cox, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
“My request, once again, is to show some empathy and some kindness.
Cox speaks to reporters in March of 2021Credit: AP
“There’s no right way to come out of a pandemic. Everybody is doing this at different speeds.”
The governor would add: “The worst of times often brings out the best in people, but sometimes it brings out the worst in people.
“It’s been remarkable during this pandemic, we’ve seen kids act like adults – and, unfortunately, there’s been a few cases where we’ve seen adults act like kids.
“There are always people out there who are sharing bad information, who are bad actors, who are purposely trying to sow division.
“And there are people who are just skeptical.”
He would add: “If you have questions or concerns, Facebook is not the place to get those answers, but your doctor is.”