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.
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.
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.
^Little was appointed by GovernorButch 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.
^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.
^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
^Hofschneider was appointed by GovernorEloy 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.
^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.