Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson hires Joe Pyrah, former advisor to Becky Lockhart, as chief of staff

Today, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced Joe Pyrah as her chief of staff. He starts on Monday.

“Joe is a trusted associate and well-respected voice in Utah politics,” Lt. Gov. Henderson said. “His expertise and commitment to fight for everyday Utahns make him an excellent fit for the Cox-Henderson administration. I am grateful for Joe’s willingness to lead my office and confident he will serve the state well.”

From 2011-2014, Pyrah served as chief of staff to Becky Lockhart, the first and only woman to hold the speaker’s gavel in the Utah House of Representatives. Since 2015, Pyrah has been a partner at Sego Strategies, a government affairs firm. His policy portfolio runs the gamut: He’s worked on issues related to public education, Utah’s youth, health care, housing, technology – and has a strong sense for the nuts and bolts of government.

“Opportunities to make lasting change are rare, and I believe public service is one of the best ways to make that change.” Pyrah said. “The Cox-Henderson administration has a reputation for thoughtful, pragmatic, conservative leadership, which we need now more than ever.”

Born in Anchorage, Pyrah grew up on a farm outside of Palmer, Alaska. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Utah State University before a 12-year stint covering government and politics for the Standard-Examiner and Daily Herald. He and his wife, Amy, call Provo home. Together, they have six kids.