List of current United States lieutenant governors

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2013 U.S. lieutenant governors by party affiliations
  Democratic incumbent
  Republican incumbent
  None
  Vacant

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[edit]

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 dagger (†) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor is ineligible to seek re-election in that year due to term limits. An asterisk (*) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor will be retiring at the end of his/her current term.

State Picture Lieutenant governor Party Took office Term ends Chosen by[1]
Alabama Kay Ivey.jpg Ivey, KayKay Ivey Republican January 17, 2011 2015 Separate election
Alaska Mead Treadwell, Photo 1.jpg Treadwell, MeadMead Treadwell Republican December 6, 2010 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Arkansas No image.svg Vacant 2015 Separate election
California Gavin Newsom Lieutenant Gov.jpg Newsom, GavinGavin Newsom Democratic January 10, 2011 2015 Separate election
Colorado Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia (cropped).jpg Garcia, JosephJoseph Garcia Democratic January 11, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Connecticut NancyWymanIreneResponse.jpg Wyman, NancyNancy Wyman Democratic January 5, 2011 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Delaware DennM.JPG Denn, MatthewMatthew Denn Democratic January 20, 2009 2017 Separate election
Florida LG Carlos Lopez-Cantera Headshot.jpg López-Cantera, CarlosCarlos López-Cantera Republican February 3, 2014 2015 Same ticket
Georgia Caglelt.jpg Cagle, CaseyCasey Cagle Republican January 8, 2007 2015 Separate election
Hawaii No image.svg Tsutsui, ShanShan Tsutsui Democratic December 27, 2012 2014 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
[2]
Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little.JPG Little, BradBrad Little Republican January 6, 2009 2015 Separate election[3]
Illinois Sheila Simon.jpg Simon, SheilaSheila Simon Democratic January 10, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Indiana SueEllspermannLTGOV.jpg Ellspermann, SueSue Ellspermann Republican January 14, 2013 2017 Same ticket
Iowa Kim Reynolds cropped.jpg Reynolds, KimKim Reynolds Republican January 14, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Kansas Jeff Colyer, KS Lt. Governor.png Colyer, JeffJeff Colyer Republican January 10, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Kentucky JerryAbramson2011.jpg Abramson, JerryJerry Abramson Democratic December 13, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Louisiana Jay Dardenne Feb 2013.jpg Dardenne, JayJay Dardenne Republican November 22, 2010 2016 Separate election
Maryland Anthony G. Brown Official State Photo.jpg Brown, AnthonyAnthony Brown Democratic January 17, 2007 2015 Same ticket
Massachusetts No image.svg Vacant[4] June 2, 2013 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Michigan MI Lt Governor Calley.jpg Calley, BrianBrian Calley Republican January 1, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Minnesota YvonnePrettnerSolon (cropped).jpg Prettner Solon, YvonneYvonne Prettner Solon Democratic January 3, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Mississippi No image.svg Reeves, TateTate Reeves Republican January 10, 2012 2016 Separate election
Missouri Missouri Lt Governor Peter Kinder at St Louis Science Center, Aug 28, 2007.jpg Kinder, PeterPeter Kinder Republican January 10, 2005 2017 Separate election
Montana No image.svg Angela McLean Democratic February 10, 2014 2017 Same ticket
Nebraska No image.svg Heidemann, LavonLavon Heidemann Republican February 13, 2013 2015 Same ticket[5]
Nevada No image.svg Krolicki, BrianBrian Krolicki Republican January 20, 2007 2015† Separate election
New Jersey Kim Guadagno 2011.jpg Guadagno, KimKim Guadagno Republican January 19, 2010 January 2018 Same ticket
New Mexico NMLtGovJohnSanchez.jpg Sanchez, JohnJohn Sanchez Republican January 1, 2011 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
New York Mayor Robert Duffy.jpg Duffy, RobertRobert Duffy Democratic January 1, 2011 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
North Carolina LtGov Dan Forest.jpg Forest, DanDan Forest Republican January 7, 2013 2017 Separate election
North Dakota Drew Wrigley - official U.S. Attorney portrait.jpg Wrigley, DrewDrew Wrigley Republican December 7, 2010 2016 Same ticket
Ohio No image.svg Taylor, MaryMary Taylor Republican January 10, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Oklahoma Todd Lamb.jpg Lamb, ToddTodd Lamb Republican January 10, 2011 2015 Separate election
Pennsylvania Jim Cawley.JPG Cawley, JimJim Cawley Republican January 18, 2011 2015 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Rhode Island Elizabeth Roberts 2009.jpg Roberts, ElizabethElizabeth Roberts Democratic January 2, 2007 2015 Separate election
South Carolina No image.svg McGill, YanceyYancey McGill Democratic June 18, 2014[6] 2015 Separate election
South Dakota No image.svg Michels, MattMatt Michels Republican January 8, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Tennessee Ron Ramsey.jpg Ramsey, RonRon Ramsey Republican January 3, 2007 2015 State Senate[7]
Texas David Dewhurst head shot.jpg Dewhurst, DavidDavid Dewhurst Republican January 21, 2003 2015 Separate election
Utah No image.svg Cox, SpencerSpencer Cox Republican October 17, 2013 2017 Chosen by Governor, approved by State Senate
Vermont No image.svg Scott, PhilPhil Scott Republican January 6, 2011 2015 Separate election
Virginia Ralph Northam 2008-10-28.jpg Northam, RalphRalph Northam Democratic January 11, 2014 2018 Separate election
Washington LtGovBradOwen.jpg Owen, BradBrad Owen Democratic January 15, 1997 2017 Separate election
West Virginia Jeff Kessler.jpg Jeff Kessler Democratic November 14, 2011 2015 State Senate[8]
Wisconsin Kleefisch Rebecca LtGov mug-309.jpg Kleefisch, RebeccaRebecca Kleefisch Republican January 3, 2011 2015 Same ticket

List of lieutenant governors by territory[edit]

Territory Picture Lieutenant governor Party Took office Seat up Chosen by[1]
American Samoa Lemanu Peleti Mauga.jpg Mauga, Lemanu PeletiLemanu Peleti Mauga Democratic January 3, 2013 2017 Same ticket
Guam Ray Tenorio.jpg Tenorio, RayRay Tenorio Republican January 3, 2011 2015 Same ticket
Northern Mariana Islands Jude Hofschneider.jpg Hofschneider, JudeJude Hofschneider Republican February 20, 2013 2015 Same ticket[9]
United States Virgin Islands No image.svg Francis, GregoryGregory Francis Democratic January 1, 2007 2015 Same ticket

States which do not have lieutenant governors[edit]

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 Ken Bennett by Gage Skidmore.jpg Bennett, KenKen Bennett Republican January 3, 2011 Secretary of State
Arkansas No image.svg Michael Lamoureux Republican President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Maine No image.svg Alfond, JustinJustin Alfond Democratic December 5, 2012 President of the Senate
Massachusetts No image.svg Galvin, WilliamWilliam Galvin Democratic January 1995 Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
New Hampshire No image.svg Morse, ChuckChuck Morse Republican September 3, 2013 President of the Senate
Oregon Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, cropped.jpg Brown, KateKate Brown Democratic January 5, 2009 Secretary of State
Wyoming No image.svg Maxfield, MaxMax Maxfield Republican January 3, 2007 Secretary of State

Territories which do not have lieutenant governors[edit]

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 Philmendelson.jpg Mendelson, PhilPhil Mendelson[10] Democratic June 13, 2012 Chairman of the Council
Puerto Rico David Bernier.jpg Bernier, DavidDavid Bernier Popular Democratic January 2, 2013 Secretary of State

States and territories with differing party membership at the executive level[edit]

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
Arkansas Democratic Republican
Maine Republican Democratic
Missouri Democratic Republican
New Hampshire Democratic Republican
South Carolina Republican Democratic
Vermont Democratic Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ [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.
  5. ^ Former State Sen. Lavon Heidemann named lieutenant governor - Heidemann was appointed by Governor Dave Heineman following the resignation of Rick Sheehy.
  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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