SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox was tapped for leadership in an organization of governors of Western states after serving as chairman of the National Governors Association for the past year.

In this file photo, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during a news briefing during the final day of the Utah Legislature in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 1, 2024 | Photo by The Associated Press/Rick Bowmer, St. George News

The Western Governors’ Association announced Cox was elected as vice chairman of the organization on Friday. The Republican governor will serve with New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, as the chairwoman. Lujan Grisham has served as the vice chairwoman under Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.

“Governors engage in practical politics, and I look forward to working on solutions with my fellow governors on the challenges we face in the West,” Cox said.

Cox has focused on housing affordability during the last year of his first term as Utah’s governor. Ahead of the 2024 legislative session, he pushed for policies to build 35,000 new starter homes in the state over the next several years. Lawmakers created a fund from the state treasurer’s account to provide low-interest loans to developments with 60% or more of the homes considered affordable.

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