|Name||Olene S. Walker|
Upper Avenues, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103, United States
|| November 15, 1930
|Died||November 28, 2015
Nov 28, 2015 10:31pm
|Info||Olene S. Walker, the first woman lieutenant governor of Utah, was elected to office in 1992. Within the Leavitt administration, she has led many important initiatives including Utah's Promise, health care reform and workforce development. Most recently, she has been asked to chair the Governor's Council on Driving Under the Influence. Her office is also responsible for statewide elections and lobbyist registrations. |
Lieutenant Governor Walker is currently leading Utah's battle against illiteracy. Under her direction, the Utah Reads initiative is sweeping the state. In conjunction with Utah's Promise, 26 communities now have trained volunteer Community Literacy Teams, with plans under way to expand statewide.
Walker's peers also recognize her ability to provide clear leadership. She currently chairs the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors and is a past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. She was the first lieutenant governor to ever serve as the president of that organization.
Weber State University and Southern Utah University have recognized Walker with honorary degrees. She has also been honored as the Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women, and the Outstanding Alumni from Brigham Young University, and has been presented the Legislative Leader Award and the Outstanding Public Administrator's Award.
Walker was born in Ogden, Utah. She obtained bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University, Stanford University and the University of Utah, respectively. She is married to Myron Walker and is the mother of seven children.