Trump EPA official advances in Utah lieutenant governor race

By Timothy Cama | 04/29/2024 01:42 PM EDT

Layne Bangerter is looking to unseat a Republican incumbent.

Phil Lyman and Layne Bangerter.

Utah Republican gubernatorial hopeful Phil Lyman and Layne Bangerter, running for lieutenant governor. @phil_lyman/X

A former EPA official under the Trump administration will be on Utah’s Republican primary ballot as one of two candidates for lieutenant governor.

Layne Bangerter, who was a senior adviser for congressional and intergovernmental affairs at EPA in 2017, was chosen by gubernatorial hopeful Phil Lyman as his running mate Saturday.

Bangerter and Lyman, a state representative, won the Utah Republican Party’s delegate convention vote later that day. They will take on incumbent Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson in the June 25 primary.


Bangerter was part of former President Donald Trump’s “beachhead” team of political appointees who arrived at EPA just after he was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017.