For many years, 20/20 has meant one thing: clear vision and clarity in thinking.

Today, that number reminds us of times filled with a global pandemic, protests over racial injustice, worldwide economic struggles and in Utah, just in case that wasn’t enough, the largest earthquake in a generation.

And yet somehow the year isn’t even halfway over.

2020 has not been for the faint of heart. It has been a year that none of us will ever forget. And yet it’s a year that some of us wish had never occurred.

Of course each of us has experienced it…


I grew up in a small town without much diversity. As a kid I heard racist jokes and speech, but it didn’t mean much to me at the time without any frame of reference. The concept of institutional or systemic racism seemed even more foreign. I knew what I had learned in school. Slavery ended and then segregation ended. Things seemed pretty good. I was wrong.

It wasn’t until I lived in the South for a few years that I started to see and feel the deep-seated resentment that existed after all these years. I started diving into the history…


Hey friends! Just a few thoughts now that we have our first positive COVID-19 case here in Utah (this is adapted from a twitter thread, so may seem a little disjointed). I want to share some of the information that scientists have shared with me about why our personal actions are so important with this pandemic. ‬

‪First a few notes on what we know with this patient. The person was infected as a passenger on the previous voyage of the cruise ship that is currently being held off the coast of California. The person has been home for over…


[Remarks to the Catholic Community Service’s Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner]

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. I know I’m supposed to stand up here and say that I don’t deserve this [2017 Humanitarian of the Year award]. Everyone says that. The difference is that no one has ever meant it more than I mean it tonight. Not only was I incredulous when told about the award, my wife just laughed and said, “I’m fairly confident they made a mistake.”

It’s true. Kids from Sanpete County don’t get to be in rooms like this. In…


On a fall day not that different from today, former Governor Jon Huntsman turned to newly sworn in Governor Gary Herbert at his inauguration ceremony and said, “I am turning over to you a great treasure. Your challenge is to improve its luster. I know you will thrive, my friend.”

And without a doubt, Governor Herbert and Utah have thrived. We have led the nation in private sector job growth during much of his tenure as governor, the longest period of prosperity in our state’s history. Amidst this prosperity, many of us forget what Utah looked like in 2009 when…


Food Pantry Service Project in Tremonton

In 2012 a good friend of mine volunteered on the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Like me, he was a huge fan of the former Governor (and current U.S. Senator) and we both believed if we worked hard enough we could help get him elected. My friend actually went to one of the most important battleground counties in Ohio. He spent tireless hours making phone calls, knocking on doors and trying to convince the good people of Ohio to vote for the Republican nominee. …


I hate corporate incentives.

There, I said it.

But more on that in a minute. First let’s talk about the good news. For the past 10 years Utah’s economy has been absolutely booming. From a peak unemployment rate of near 8% shortly after Governor Herbert took office in 2009 to 2.9% unemployment now, Utah’s recovery from the Great Recession has been breathtaking. In fact, Utah now boasts more than 5 straight years of unemployment under 4% (Which just happens to coincide with me becoming Lt. Governor…but I will try not to take all the credit*…[*this is a lame attempt at…


On October 27th, a full 10 days prior to the election, I tweeted this:

Now here we are a week after election night and the biggest race in the state — the 4th Congressional District race between Mia Love and Ben McAdams — is still too close to call. At the time I’m writing this (late on Wednesday night), this is where things stand:

Just like you, I’m beyond anxious to get the final results for this race and others (the 4th District just happens to be my district). As you might imagine, my Elections Office and I have…


There is a person in my life that I wish everyone could know. Her name is Emilee and she is my sister. By way of background, Emilee (and my brother — he’s special too) both have Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a hereditary disease with no cure (you can learn more about it by clicking here). Emilee and her husband Ben were able to have a daughter who is now 14. …


On November 20, 2010 our family experienced a miracle. My wife gave birth to very healthy 4 lb baby boy who came 7 1/2 weeks early. But that’s not the miracle. The miracle is that Abby wasn’t the mom and I wasn’t the dad. Abby was a gestational carrier and this little angel was the biological son of my sister and her husband.

Here is their story. It is a story of faith, courage and sacrifice…and two VERY special women:

[Note: The post is really two parts. The first is the actual letter/facebook post we sent to family and friends…

Spencer J. Cox

Husband. Father. Utah Lt. Governor. Recovering Attorney. Bassist. Happy.

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