Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

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Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Jim Cawley

since January 18, 2011
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder John Lhatta
Formation 1873
Salary $157,765 (2014)[1]

The lieutenant governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The lieutenant governor is elected every four years along with the governor. Jim Cawley of Bucks County is the incumbent lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor presides in the Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor.

The office of lieutenant governor was created by the Constitution of 1873. As with the governor's position, the Constitution of 1968 made the lieutenant governor eligible to succeed himself or herself for one additional four-year term [1].

List of lieutenant governors[edit]


      Democratic       Republican

  1. John Latta (Democrat) 1875–79
  2. Charles Warren Stone (Republican) 1879–83
  3. Chauncey Forward Black (Democrat) 1883–87
  4. William T. Davies (Republican) 1887–91
  5. Louis Arthur Watres (Republican) 1891–95
  6. Walter Lyon (Republican) 1895–99
  7. John P. S. Gobin (Republican) 1899–1903
  8. William M. Brown (Republican) 1903–07
  9. Robert S. Murphy (Republican) 1907–11
  10. John M. Reynolds (Republican) 1911–15
  11. Frank B. McClain (Republican) 1915–19
  12. Edward E. Beidleman (Republican) 1919–23
  13. David J. Davis (Republican) 1923–27
  14. Arthur H. James (Republican) 1927–31
  15. Edward C. Shannon (Republican) 1931–35
  16. Thomas Kennedy (Democrat) 1935–39
  17. Samuel S. Lewis (Republican) 1939–43
  18. John Cromwell Bell, Jr. (Republican) 1943–47
  19. Daniel B. Strickler (Republican) 1947–51
  20. Lloyd H. Wood (Republican) 1951–55
  21. Roy E. Furman (Democrat) 1955–59
  22. John Morgan Davis (Democrat) 1959–63
  23. Raymond P. Shafer (Republican) 1963–67
  24. Raymond J. Broderick (Republican) 1967–71
  25. Ernest P. Kline (Democrat) 1971–79
  26. William Scranton, III (Republican) 1979–87
  27. Mark Singel (Democrat) 1987–95
  28. Mark S. Schweiker (Republican) 1995–2001
  29. Robert C. Jubelirer (Republican) 2001–03
  30. Catherine Baker Knoll (Democrat) 2003–08
  31. Joseph B. Scarnati III (Republican) 2008–11
  32. Jim Cawley (Republican) 2011–present
  33. Michael J. Stack III (Democrat) 2015

Living former lieutenant governors[edit]

As of August 2014, five former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Robert C. Jubelirer (2001–2003, born 1937). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Ernest P. Kline (1971–1979), on May 13, 2009.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
William Scranton, III 1979–1987 (1947-07-20) July 20, 1947 (age 67)
Mark Singel 1987–1995 (1953-09-12) September 12, 1953 (age 61)
Mark S. Schweiker 1995–2001 (1953-01-31) January 31, 1953 (age 61)
Robert C. Jubelirer 2001–2003 (1937-02-09) February 9, 1937 (age 77)
Joseph B. Scarnati III 2008–2011 (1962-01-02) January 2, 1962 (age 52)

Vice-presidents of Pennsylvania[edit]

From 1777 to 1790 the executive branch of Pennsylvania's state government was headed by a Supreme Executive Council consisting of a representative of each county and of the City of Philadelphia. The Vice President of the Council—also known as the Vice-President of Pennsylvania—held a position analogous to the modern office of Lieutenant Governor. Presidents and Vice-Presidents were elected to one-year terms and could serve up to three years—the full length of their regular term as Counsellor. Ten men served as Vice-President during the time of the Council's existence.


  1. ^ Dawson, Mike (20 February 2014). "Jay Paterno seeking election as Pa. lieutenant governor". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 2 March 2014.