Meet the next First Lady of Utah, Abby Cox.
Abby Cox is an example of purpose, determination, and kindness. She was raised on the family farm in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, the 5th of eight daughters and two sons. Her parents Ken and Charlene Palmer taught their children to work hard as they ranched and farmed more than 600 acres of land. From a young age, Abby could milk the cows, feed the animals, cut, bail and haul hay – and move irrigation pipe.
She graduated from Snow College and Utah State University, earning a degree in Special Education with a dual emphasis on Early Childhood and Severe Disabilities training. Her studies instilled in her a desire to advocate for children with special needs that continues to this day.
While supporting her husband, Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox in his civic and professional pursuits, she has continued to look for ways to serve in her own capacity. Together they are raising four children; Gavin, Kaleb, Adam and Emma Kate. She has always had a great desire for her children to experience the life’s lessons she learned on the family farm. In between shuttling them to sports and school events, you can often find her in the fields with her children doing the daily chores to feed the animals and plant and harvest crops. However, it’s not always about work – the Cox family greatly enjoys skiing together in Utah’s majestic mountains and hiking the red rock landscapes of southern Utah.
Additionally, she spends countless hours helping in her children’s classroom, on PTA boards, as the Chair of PBS Utah, and on the search committee for a new President for Snow College.
Just a few months ago, Abby and Spencer launched Women for Utah, an initiative to inspire more women to participate in the political process. Through this effort she has started meeting with women throughout the state to share ideas and listen to their concerns regarding issues facing their lives, and communities. She wants to encourage more women to get involved in government, look for ways for women to serve in various capacities including state boards and commissions, and place a greater emphasis on female students seeking STEM education and occupations. And, she enthusiastically shares Spencer’s goal of returning Utah to the top of the nation in voter turnout among women.
If you see Spencer along the campaign trail, you will most likely see Abby by his side meeting, serving and inspiring people along the way. She fervently aspires to make this a different kind of campaign – one of service and action, instead of politics as usual.