List of lieutenant governors of Illinois

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On three occasions prior to a 1970 change to the state constitution the Lieutenant Governor was of a different political party from the Governor. In each instance a Democratic Lieutenant Governor served under a Republican Governor.

List of Lieutenant Governors of Illinois[edit]

# Lt. Governor Party Commission Date End Date Governor Party Term
1 Pierre Menard Democratic-
Republican
October 6, 1818 December 5, 1822 Shadrach Bond Democratic-
Republican
1818–1822
2 Adolphus Hubbard Democratic-
Republican
December 5, 1822 December 6, 1826 Edward Coles Democratic-
Republican
1822–1826
3 William Kinney Democratic December 6, 1826 December 9, 1830 Ninian Edwards Democratic-
Republican
1826–1830
4 Zadok Casey Democratic December 9, 1830 March 1, 1833 John Reynolds Democratic 1830–1834
5 William Lee D. Ewing Democratic March 1, 1833 December 5, 1834 John Reynolds Democratic 1830–1834
Office vacant November 17, 1834 December 5, 1834 William Lee Davidson Ewing Democratic 1834
6 Alexander Jenkins Democratic December 5, 1834 December 9, 1836
Resigned
Joseph Duncan Democratic 1834–1838
7 William H. Davidson Democratic December 9, 1836
Acting
December 7, 1838 Joseph Duncan Democratic 1834–1838
8 Stinson Anderson Democratic December 7, 1838 December 8, 1842 Thomas Carlin Democratic 1838–1842
9 John Moore Democratic December 8, 1842 December 9, 1846 Thomas Ford Democratic 1842–1846
10 Joseph Wells Democratic December 9, 1846 January 8, 1849 Augustus C. French Democratic 1846–1853
11 William McMurtry Democratic January 8, 1849 January 10, 1853 Augustus C. French Democratic 1846–1853
12 Gustavus Koerner Democratic January 10, 1853 January 12, 1857 Joel Aldrich Matteson Democratic 1853–1857
13 John Wood Republican January 12, 1857 March 20, 1860 William Henry Bissell Republican 1857–1860
14 Thomas Marshall Democratic January 7, 1861 January 14, 1861 John Wood Republican 1860–1861
15 Francis Hoffmann Republican January 14, 1861 January 16, 1865 Richard Yates Republican 1861–1865
16 William Bross Republican January 16, 1865 January 11, 1869 Richard J. Oglesby Republican 1865–1869
17 John Dougherty Republican January 11, 1869 January 13, 1873 John M. Palmer Republican 1869–1873
18 John Lourie Beveridge Republican January 13, 1873 January 23, 1873
Succeeded Oglesby
Richard J. Oglesby Republican 1873
19 John Early Republican January 23, 1873
Acting
January 8, 1875 John Lourie Beveridge Republican 1873–1877
20 Archibald Glenn Democratic January 8, 1875
Acting
January 8, 1877 John Lourie Beveridge Republican 1873–1877
21 Andrew Shuman Republican January 8, 1877 January 10, 1881 Shelby Moore Cullom Republican 1877–1883
22 John Marshall Hamilton Republican January 10, 1881 February 6, 1883
Succeeded Cullom
Shelby Moore Cullom Republican 1877–1883
23 William J. Campbell Republican February 6, 1883
Acting
January 30, 1885 John Marshall Hamilton Republican 1883–1885
24 John Smith Republican January 30, 1885 January 14, 1889 Richard J. Oglesby Republican 1885–1889
25 Lyman Ray Republican January 14, 1889 January 10, 1893 Joseph W. Fifer Republican 1889–1893
26 Joseph B. Gill Democratic January 10, 1893 January 11, 1897 John Peter Altgeld Democratic 1893–1897
27 William Northcott Republican January 11, 1897 January 14, 1901 John R. Tanner Republican 1897–1901
27 William Northcott Republican January 14, 1901 January 9, 1905 Richard Yates Republican 1901–1905
28 Lawrence Sherman Republican January 9, 1905 January 18, 1909 Charles S. Deneen Republican 1905–1913
29 John G. Oglesby Republican January 18, 1909 February 3, 1913 Charles S. Deneen Republican 1905–1913
30 Barratt O'Hara Democratic February 3, 1913 January 8, 1917 Edward F. Dunne Democratic 1913–1917
31 John G. Oglesby Republican January 8, 1917 January 10, 1921 Frank O. Lowden Republican 1917–1921
32 Fred Sterling Republican January 10, 1921 January 14, 1929 Len Small Republican 1921–1929
32 Fred Sterling Republican January 14, 1929 January 9, 1933 Louis L. Emmerson Republican 1929–1933
33 Thomas Donovan Democratic January 9, 1933 January 4, 1937 Henry Horner Democratic 1933–1940
34 John H. Stelle Democratic January 4, 1937 October 6, 1940
succeeded Horner
Henry Horner Democratic 1933–1940
Office vacant October 6, 1940 January 13, 1941 John H. Stelle Democratic 1940–1941
35 Hugh W. Cross Republican January 13, 1941 January 10, 1949 Dwight H. Green Republican 1941–1949
36 Sherwood Dixon Democratic January 10, 1949 January 12, 1953 Adlai E. Stevenson II Democratic 1949–1953
37 John William Chapman Republican January 12, 1953 January 9, 1961 William G. Stratton Republican 1953–1961
38 Samuel H. Shapiro Democratic January 9, 1961 May 21, 1968
succeeded Kerner
Otto Kerner, Jr. Democratic 1961–1968
Office vacant May 21, 1968 January 13, 1969 Samuel H. Shapiro Democratic 1968–1969
39 Paul Simon Democratic January 13, 1969 January 8, 1973 Richard Buell Ogilvie Republican 1969–1973
40 Neil Hartigan Democratic January 8, 1973 January 10, 1977 Dan Walker Democratic 1973–1977
41 Dave O'Neal Republican January 10, 1977 July 31, 1981
Resigned
James R. Thompson Republican 1977–1991
Office vacant July 31, 1981 January 10, 1983 James R. Thompson Republican 1977–1991
42 George H. Ryan Republican January 10, 1983 January 14, 1991 James R. Thompson Republican 1977–1991
43 Bob Kustra Republican January 14, 1991 July 1, 1998
Resigned
James Edgar Republican 1991–1999
Office vacant July 1, 1998 January 11, 1999 James Edgar Republican 1991–1999
44 Corinne Wood Republican January 11, 1999 January 13, 2003 George H. Ryan Republican 1999–2003
45 Pat Quinn Democratic January 13, 2003 January 29, 2009
Succeeded Blagojevich
Rod R. Blagojevich Democratic 2003–2009
Office vacant January 29, 2009 January 10, 2011 Pat Quinn Democratic 2009–2011
46 Sheila Simon Democratic January 10, 2011 current Pat Quinn Democratic 2011–
47 Evelyn Sanguinetti January 12, 2015 Elect Bruce Rauner Republican 2015–

Living former lieutenant governors[edit]

As of November 2014, seven former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being George Ryan (1983–1991, born 1934). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Paul Simon (1969–1973), on December 9, 2003. He is also the most recent serving lieutenant governor to die.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Neil Hartigan 1973–1977 (1938-05-04) May 4, 1938 (age 76)
Dave O'Neal 1977–1981 (1937-01-24) January 24, 1937 (age 77)
George Ryan 1983–1991 (1934-02-24) February 24, 1934 (age 80)
Bob Kustra 1991–1998 (1943-03-21) March 21, 1943 (age 71)
Corinne Wood 1999–2003 (1954-05-28) May 28, 1954 (age 60)
Pat Quinn 2003–2009 (1948-12-16) December 16, 1948 (age 66)
Sheila Simon 2011–2015 (1961-03-13) March 13, 1961 (age 53)

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