Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
Seal of South Dakota
|Term length||4 years, renewable once, same election with The governor's Ticket|
|Inaugural holder||James H. Fletcher, 1889|
|Formation||Constitution of South Dakota|
He or she is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of South Dakota state government and also serves as presiding officer of the South Dakota Senate. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the officer of governor if the office becomes vacant, and may also serve as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.
The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor. Seven lieutenant governors have gone on to be elected governor in their own right: Charles N. Herreid, Frank M. Byrne, Peter Norbeck, William H. McMaster, Carl Gunderson, Nils Boe and Dennis Daugaard. Two others, Harvey L. Wollman and Walter Dale Miller, succeeded to the office of governor when it became vacant, but neither won re-election.
Carole Hillard became the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor when she was elected in 1994.
List of Lieutenant Governors of South Dakota
|1||James H. Fletcher||Republican||1889||1891|
|2||George H. Hoffman||Republican||1891||1893|
|3||Charles N. Herreid||Republican||1893||1897|
|4||Daniel T. Hindman||Republican||1897||1899|
|5||John T. Kean||Republican||1899||1901|
|6||George W. Snow||Republican||1901||1905|
|7||John E. McDougall||Republican||1905||1907|
|8||Howard C. Shober||Republican||1907||1911|
|9||Frank M. Byrne||Republican||1911||1913|
|10||Edward Lincoln Abel||Republican||1913||1915|
|12||William H. McMaster||Republican||1917||1921|
|14||Alva Clark Forney||Republican||1925||1927|
|15||Hyatt E. Covey||Republican||1927||1929|
|16||Clarence E. Coyne||Republican||1929||1929|
|17||John T. Grigsby||Democrat||1929||1931|
|18||Odell K. Whitney||Republican||1931||1933|
|22||A. C. Miller||Republican||1941||1945|
|23||Sioux K. Grigsby||Republican||1945||1949|
|24||Rex A. Terry||Republican||1949||1955|
|25||L. Roy Houck||Republican||1955||1959|
|26||John F. Lindley||Democrat||1959||1961|
|27||Joseph H. Bottum||Republican||1961||1962|
|32||Harvey L. Wollman||Democrat||1975||1978|
|33||Lowell C. Hansen II||Republican||1979||1987|
|34||Walter Dale Miller||Republican||1987||1993|
|35||Steve T. Kirby||Republican||1993||1995|
Living former lieutenant governors
As of August 2014[update], five former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Walter Dale Miller (1987–1993, born 1925). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of James Abdnor (1969–1971), on May 16, 2012. The most recent serving lieutenant governor to die was Carole Hillard (1995–2003), on October 25, 2007.
|Lt. Governor||Lt. Gubernatorial term||Date of birth|
|Harvey L. Wollman||1975–1978||May 14, 1935|
|Lowell C. Hansen II||1979–1987||October 11, 1939|
|Walter Dale Miller||1987–1993||October 5, 1925|
|Steve T. Kirby||1993–1995||March 26, 1952|
|Dennis Daugaard||2003–2011||June 11, 1953|
- Clarence E. Coyne died on May 27, 1929, and John T. Grigsby was appointed to fill the vacancy.
- Joseph H. Bottum was appointed United States Senator on July 9, 1962. No appointment was made to fill the vacancy.
- Harvey L. Wollman succeeded to the office of governor on July 24, 1978 upon the resignation of Governor Richard F. Kneip. No appointment was made to fill the vacancy.
- Walter Dale Miller succeeded to the office of governor on April 19, 1993 after Governor George S. Mickelson was killed in a plane crash. Steve T. Kirby was appointed to fill the vacancy.