SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox spent approximately one hour as acting governor Friday when Gov. Gary Herbert underwent surgery to remove kidney stones.
In accordance with the state constitution, a proclamation transferring authority to the lieutenant governor went into effect when the governor went under anesthesia.
Lt. Gov. Cox wasted no time preparing for the opportunity. He was seen measuring for drapes in the governor’s mansion and trying out Herbert’s desk for size.
At 5:24 p.m. Friday, before undergoing surgery, Herbert issued the declaration to the Utah Supreme Court temporarily transferring “powers and duties of the governor” to Lieutenant Governor Cox.
That’s right about when the fun began…
That being said…um…I’M THE GOVERNOR FOR 1 HOUR and we are going of have a little fun. If you don’t have a sense of humor, please press the mute button. (And yes, @GovHerbert is ok with this)— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) January 27, 2018
Here are 5 things Spencer Cox did during his time as governor.
1. Made Fairview the new Capital City
Don’t get me wrong, I love Salt Lake City, but it’s about time that Fairview got it’s turn as the Capital City…so, let’s make it official! (Sorry @slcmayor) #1hourGov pic.twitter.com/21xFLDPqzh— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) January 27, 2018
2. Named Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz Lt. Governor.
But today is #HappyAustraliaDay, and there is one guy that is PERFECT for the job…I mean he’s *literally* number 2. As such, I’m nominating @Joeingles7 to serve as Lt. Governor. #1hourGov @utahjazz pic.twitter.com/ED0561DDAK— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) January 27, 2018
3. Updated his Twitter profile
4. Declared it’s time to #MakeUtahRectangularAgain
Now for something more substantive. Look Wyoming, I know we are friends, but you’ve been the rectangle long enough. It’s time. #MakeUtahRectangularAgain #TakeBackTheCorner #1hourGov pic.twitter.com/sqaYpQSgiU— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) January 27, 2018
5. Gave a birthday shout out to his wife Abby
Ok, I have one more critical declaration left. If I only get one shot at this…Abby is the best thing that ever happened to me & Utah is lucky to have her as 1st Lady, if only for an hour. Happy birthday my love! ❤️ #1hourGov pic.twitter.com/85MK6taX5p— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) January 27, 2018
Governor Herbert’s surgery was declared successful and he resumed the powers and duties of this office later Friday evening. His physicians say they expect a “full an uneventful recovery.”
Great news! The operation was a success and @GovHerbert is awake and coherent. The peaceful transfer of power has occurred. All is right with the world. #1hourGov pic.twitter.com/w3NTM9qAlt— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) January 27, 2018