List of current United States lieutenant governors
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 20 Democrats and 1 Independent serving as lieutenant governor or serving as the first in the line of succession.
- 1 List of lieutenant governors by state
- 2 List of lieutenant governors by territory
- 3 States which do not have lieutenant governors
- 4 Territories which do not have lieutenant governors
- 5 States and territories with differing party membership at the executive level
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
List of lieutenant governors by territory
|Territory||Picture||Lieutenant governor||Party||Took office||Seat up||Chosen by|
|American Samoa||Mauga, Lemanu PeletiLemanu Peleti Mauga||Independent||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|
|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.
|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.
|District of Columbia||Mendelson, PhilPhil Mendelson||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.
- "Executive Branch of the Several States". Thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- Tsutsui was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to replace Brian Schatz, who was appointed U.S. Senator following the death of Daniel Inouye.
- 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.
- 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.
-  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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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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