The Lieutenant Governor of Utah is a rather recent office, created in 1975 by the Utah State Legislature. House Bill 140 (HB 140) was the legislation that created the office. Until the Lieutenant Governor’s office was begun, the second-ranking office in Utah was the Secretary of State. With the passage of HB 140, the Secretary of State was appointed the first Lieutenant Governor. In 1976, the Utah Secretary of State’s office was formally abolished, with the duties of that office being transferred to the Lieutenant Governor.
Utah State Legislature. Laws of Utah 1975, Chapter 202. Salt Lake City, Utah, 913-914