SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Olene Smith Walker, Utah's first and only female governor, has died. She was 85.
Amanda Covington, a former spokeswoman for Walker, says she died Saturday in Salt Lake City from natural causes.
Considered one of the highest profile women in Utah politics, the Republican served as lieutenant governor for 11 years. She was elevated to governor when Gov. Mike Leavitt left in 2003 to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.