That was just part of a special session called by Governor Gary Herbert Wednesday.
After a confirmation vote of 27-0 in the Utah State Senate, District 58 Representative, Spencer Cox raised his right hand to the square to be sworn in.
He fills the void former Lt. Governor, Greg Bell left when he resigned for personal and financial reasons.
The Governor says despite the more than 25 year age difference it will be a smooth transition.
"A lot of people say there is no replacing Greg Bell, but we needed to find somebody that had the ability to step in and have minimal disruption," said Governor Herbert.
Cox has served as a County Commissioner in Sanpete County, and as the Mayor of Fairview, Utah. He says his rural roots will stay with him in office.
"We spent our youth out working in the fields, early before school and late at night and I think those are values that translate, just the value of hard work, of service," said Cox.
Cox says he's ready for the challenges of the new job, listing education and public health as some of his top priorities.
Only ten months into his term in the House of Representatives he does admit he never thought he'd end up in this position.
"I loved serving in the House of Representatives and I had planned to be there for a long time, as long as the people would have me," said Cox.
Now he sits as Utah’s second in command, supported by republicans and democrats.
"This is a young man who is bright and may not have the experience of Greg Bell, but his political views are reasonably moderate," said Jim Dabakis, Democratic State Senator.
Three bills were also passed at Wednesday's session addressing the partial government shutdown.
They authorize appropriations to temporarily fund national parks, other federal programs and provide assistance for furloughed workers in our state.