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List of current United States lieutenant governors

Party affiliation of current United States lieutenant governors
  Democratic lieutenant governor
  Republican lieutenant governor
  vacant
  No position for lieutenant governor
Party affiliation of current designated successors to the current United States governors
  Democratic designated successor
  Republican designated successor
  Popular Democratic designated successor

The following is a complete, and current list of lieutenant governors of the 50 U.S. States, and its Territories. Currently, 25 states elect a lieutenant governor on a ticket with the governor, while 18 states elect a lieutenant governor separately. In West Virginia, the President of the Senate, as elected by the senators, serves as lieutenant governor. In Tennessee, the senators elect a Speaker of the Senate, who in turn serves as Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee. Five states do not have a lieutenant governor. There are currently 35 Republicans and 21 Democrats serving as lieutenant governor or serving as the first in the line of succession.

List of lieutenant governors by state

In the table below, Term ends indicates the year the current lieutenant governor will leave office, or the year of the next election, whichever is first; a notation (term limits) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor is ineligible to seek re-election in that year. A notation of (Retiring) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor is leaving office that year, having not sought re-election. A notation of (Defeated) indicates that the current lieutenant governor was defeated for re-election.

State Picture Lieutenant governor Party Took office Term ends Chosen by[1]
Alabama Ivey, KayKay Ivey Republican January 17, 2011 2015 Separate election
Alaska Mallott, ByronByron Mallott Democratic December 1, 2014 2018 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Arkansas Vacant February 1, 2014 2015 Separate election
California Newsom, GavinGavin Newsom Democratic January 10, 2011 2015 Separate election
Colorado Garcia, JosephJoseph Garcia Democratic January 11, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Connecticut Wyman, NancyNancy Wyman Democratic January 5, 2011 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Delaware Denn, MatthewMatthew Denn Democratic January 20, 2009 2017 Separate election
Florida López-Cantera, CarlosCarlos López-Cantera Republican February 3, 2014 2015 Same ticket
Georgia Cagle, CaseyCasey Cagle Republican January 8, 2007 2015 Separate election
Hawaii Tsutsui, ShanShan Tsutsui Democratic December 27, 2012 2018 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
[2]
Idaho Little, BradBrad Little Republican January 6, 2009 2015 Separate election[3]
Illinois Simon, SheilaSheila Simon Democratic January 10, 2011 2015 (Retiring) Same ticket
Indiana Ellspermann, SueSue Ellspermann Republican January 14, 2013 2017 Same ticket
Iowa Reynolds, KimKim Reynolds Republican January 14, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Kansas Colyer, JeffJeff Colyer Republican January 10, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Kentucky Luallen, CritCrit Luallen Democratic November 13, 2014[4] 2015 Same ticket
Louisiana Dardenne, JayJay Dardenne Republican November 22, 2010 2016 Separate election
Maryland Brown, AnthonyAnthony Brown Democratic January 17, 2007 2015 (Retiring) Same ticket
Massachusetts Vacant[5] June 2, 2013 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Michigan Calley, BrianBrian Calley Republican January 1, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Minnesota Prettner Solon, YvonneYvonne Prettner Solon Democratic January 3, 2011 2015 (Retiring) Same ticket
Mississippi Reeves, TateTate Reeves Republican January 10, 2012 2016 Separate election
Missouri Kinder, PeterPeter Kinder Republican January 10, 2005 2017 Separate election
Montana Angela McLean Democratic February 10, 2014 2017 Same ticket
Nebraska John E. Nelson Republican September 29, 2014 2015 (Retiring) Separate election
Nevada Krolicki, BrianBrian Krolicki Republican January 20, 2007 2015 (Term limits) Separate election
New Jersey Guadagno, KimKim Guadagno Republican January 19, 2010 2018 Same ticket
New Mexico Sanchez, JohnJohn Sanchez Republican January 1, 2011 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
New York Duffy, RobertRobert Duffy Democratic January 1, 2011 2015 (Retiring) Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
North Carolina Forest, DanDan Forest Republican January 7, 2013 2017 Separate election
North Dakota Wrigley, DrewDrew Wrigley Republican December 7, 2010 2016 Same ticket
Ohio Taylor, MaryMary Taylor Republican January 10, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Oklahoma Lamb, ToddTodd Lamb Republican January 10, 2011 2015 Separate election
Pennsylvania Cawley, JimJim Cawley Republican January 18, 2011 2015 (Defeated) Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Rhode Island Roberts, ElizabethElizabeth Roberts Democratic January 2, 2007 2015 (Retiring) Separate election
South Carolina McGill, YanceyYancey McGill Democratic June 18, 2014[6] 2015 (Retiring) Separate election
South Dakota Michels, MattMatt Michels Republican January 8, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Tennessee Ramsey, RonRon Ramsey Republican January 3, 2007 2015 State Senate[7]
Texas Dewhurst, DavidDavid Dewhurst Republican January 21, 2003 2015 (Defeated in primary) Separate election
Utah Cox, SpencerSpencer Cox Republican October 17, 2013 2017 Chosen by Governor, approved by State Senate
Vermont Scott, PhilPhil Scott Republican January 6, 2011 2015 Separate election
Virginia Northam, RalphRalph Northam Democratic January 11, 2014 2018 Separate election
Washington Owen, BradBrad Owen Democratic January 15, 1997 2017 Separate election
West Virginia Jeff Kessler Democratic November 14, 2011 2015 State Senate[8]
Wisconsin Kleefisch, RebeccaRebecca Kleefisch Republican January 3, 2011 2015 Same ticket

List of lieutenant governors by territory

Territory Picture Lieutenant governor Party Took office Seat up Chosen by[1]
American Samoa Mauga, Lemanu PeletiLemanu Peleti Mauga Democratic January 3, 2013 2017 Same ticket
Guam Tenorio, RayRay Tenorio Republican January 3, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Northern Mariana Islands Hofschneider, JudeJude Hofschneider Republican February 20, 2013 2015 Same ticket[9]
United States Virgin Islands Francis, GregoryGregory Francis Democratic January 1, 2007 2015 Same ticket

States which do not have lieutenant governors

Five states do not have a position of lieutenant governor. In these cases, the Secretary of State or the President of the Senate is next in line for the governorship. The position is currently vacant in Arkansas and Massachusetts.

State Picture Officeholder Party Took position Office
Arizona Bennett, KenKen Bennett Republican January 3, 2011 Secretary of State
Arkansas Michael Lamoureux Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Maine Thibodeau, MichaelMichael Thibodeau Republican December 3, 2014 President of the Senate
Massachusetts Galvin, WilliamWilliam Galvin Democratic January 1995 Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
New Hampshire Morse, ChuckChuck Morse Republican September 3, 2013 President of the Senate
Oregon Brown, KateKate Brown Democratic January 5, 2009 Secretary of State
Wyoming Maxfield, MaxMax Maxfield Republican January 3, 2007 Secretary of State

Territories which do not have lieutenant governors

One territory, Puerto Rico, places the Secretary of State next in line for the governorship. In the District of Columbia, the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia is first in line of succession in the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor of the District of Columbia.

Territory Picture Officeholder Party Took position Office
District of Columbia Mendelson, PhilPhil Mendelson[10] Democratic June 13, 2012 Chairman of the Council
Puerto Rico Bernier, DavidDavid Bernier Popular Democratic January 2, 2013 Secretary of State

States and territories with differing party membership at the executive level

In most states or territories, the governor and lieutenant governor are members of the same political party. As with the Vice President of the United States, many states' lieutenant governors are elected on the same ticket as the governor, many others are elected on their own. The following states are those in which the designated successor to the governorship is of a different political party.

State/Territory Governor Designated
successor
Alaska Independent Democratic
Arkansas Democratic Republican
Missouri Democratic Republican
New Hampshire Democratic Republican
South Carolina Republican Democratic
Vermont Democratic Republican

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Executive Branch of the Several States". Thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  2. ^ Tsutsui was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to replace Brian Schatz, who was appointed U.S. Senator following the death of Daniel Inouye.
  3. ^ Little was appointed by Governor Butch Otter, sworn into the office on January 6, 2009 and later approved by the Idaho Senate on January 12, upon the resignation of Jim Risch. He was subsequently elected to a full term in 2010.
  4. ^ Luallen was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear and sworn into the office on November 13, 2014 upon the resignation of Jerry Abramson, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
  5. ^ [1] The position of Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts is currently vacant after the resignation of Tim Murray on June 2, 2013. According to the Constitution of Massachusetts, when the position of lieutenant governor is vacant, the next in the line of succession for the role of acting governor is the Secretary of the Commonwealth. That position is currently held by Bill Galvin.
  6. ^ The State: After delay, Democrat McGill becomes SC interim lieutenant governor - As president pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate, McGill became Lt. Governor upon the resignation of Glenn F. McConnell after he accepted the job as President of the College of Charleston.
  7. ^ The Tennessee Senate elects their Speaker who serves as Lieutenant Governor. The full title of the office is Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate.
  8. ^ West Virginia Code 6A-1-4(b), as enacted in 2000, entitles the president of the West Virginia Senate to use the title lieutenant governor
  9. ^ Hofschneider was appointed by Governor Eloy Inos, approved by the Senate and sworn into the office on February 20, 2013 after Inos ascended to the governorship upon the resignation of Benigno Fitial.
  10. ^ Mendelson was initially appointed Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia after the position was vacated on June 6, 2012, due to the resignation of Kwame R. Brown. Brown had been charged in federal court with bank fraud and, after his resignation, was further charged in D.C. Superior Court with making an unlawful cash campaign expenditure. Mendelson was subsequently elected to complete Brown's term on November 6, 2013.

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