SALT LAKE CITY — As expected, Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights, sailed through his confirmation hearing on Thursday on his way to becoming Utah’s next lieutenant governor.
The Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Confirmation Committee voted unanimously for the former Farmington mayor and current Utah Senate Assistant Majority Whip.
With Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert assuming his role as the new governor, replacing Jon Huntsman Jr., Bell was selected to take Herbert’s vacated position. Herbert and Bell have worked together in various capacities for several years.
Bell told the committee he supports Herbert’s vision to bring Utah through these tough financial times. He went on to say he believes government should not take money from taxpayers, rather, use it only for necessary services.
In addition to Bell’s time as mayor and senator, he was on the Farmington City Council from 1990 - 1994. Bell is an attorney. Herbert praised him as the right man for the job.
A full Senate confirmation was expected on Tuesday after Clipper press time.