Future Governor Gary R. Herbert has selected Senator Gregory S. Bell to serve as his Lt. Governor.

Lt. Governor Herbert will succeed Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. as the 17th Governor of Utah upon Huntsman’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Ambassador to China and subsequent resignation.

The Lt. Governor announced his selection of Senator Greg Bell at a news conference Wednesday, August 5, in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol.

“Greg is a dedicated public servant who cares about the future of Utah as much as I do,” Lt. Governor Herbert said. “We share the same goals and optimism for future success, and his experience will bring a valued perspective to the Governor’s Office.”

Senator Greg Bell currently serves as the Assistant Majority Whip in the Utah State Legislature and as Senator to District 22 in Davis County. He has served on various legislative committees, including Higher Education and Executive Appropriations, Senate Health and Human Services, and Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions.

In addition to his service on many boards including the WSU Alumni Association, Wasatch Front Regional Council, and Coalition for Utah''s Future, Senator Bell has also served as Mayor of Farmington City, President of The Boy Scouts of America Farmington Bay District, and Chairman of Envision Utah.

Senator Bell received his B.A. from Weber State University, and his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law. "I am honored to be asked to serve the people of Utah as Lt. Governor.  I have long known and admired Gary Herbert,” said Senator Bell.  “We began working together on state-wide issues while we both served as locally elected officials.  I recognized then and appreciate even more now that Lt. Governor Herbert is a talented, hard working, capable, and compassionate leader.  I am excited to join his administration and help move our great state forward."

Senator Bell’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.