Lieutenant Governor of Colorado

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Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
Seal of the Executive Office of Colorado.svg
Donna Lynne.jpg
Incumbent
Donna Lynne

since 12 May 2016
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Lafayette Head
Formation 1877
Salary $68,500
Website [1]

The lieutenant governor of Colorado is the second-highest-ranking member of the executive department of the Colorado state government, below only the Governor of Colorado. The lieutenant governor, who acts as governor in his absence and succeeds to the governorship in case of vacancy, is elected on a partisan ticket with the governor.

After the 1966 general election, the Colorado Constitution was amended to require the joint election of governor and lieutenant governor — candidates running as a ticket.[1] Prior to this amendment, the lieutenant governor candidate was elected separately from the governor during the same election—sometimes resulting in a governor and a lieutenant governor from different political parties.

The present lieutenant governor is Donna Lynne, a Democrat.

List of lieutenant governors[edit]

Parties

  Populist   Democratic   Republican

# Lt. Governor From To Party Notes
1 Lafayette Head 1877 1879 Republican
2 Horace Austin Warner Tabor 1879 1883 Republican
3 William H. Meyer 1883 1885 Republican
4 Peter W. Breene 1885 1887 Republican
5 Norman H. Meldrum 1887 1889 Democratic
6 William Grover Smith 1889 1891 Republican
7 William Story 1891 1893 Republican
8 David H. Nichols 1893 1895 Populist
9 Jared L. Brush 1895 1899 Republican Namesake of Brush, Colorado.
10 Francis Patrick Carney 1899 1901 Populist
11 David Courtney Coates 1901 1902 Democratic
12 Warren A. Haggott 1902 1903 Republican
13 Jesse F. McDonald 1905 1905 Republican As the lieutenant governor, McDonald assumed office of governor after the resignation of both Governors Alva Adams and James Hamilton Peabody within a 24-hour period between March 16-17, 1905.[2] Thus McDonald served as lieutenant governor for fewer than 24 hours.
14 Arthur Cornforth 1905 1905 Republican As president of the state senate Cornforth became lieutenant governor upon the vacancy of Jesse McDonald who assumed office of the governor. Cornforth served less than three months because the state Supreme Court ruled the current president of the senate should assume the role of lieutenant governor and Fred Parks was selected by the body to be president of the senate on the last day of the session.[3]
15 Fred W. Parks 1905 1907 Republican By a ruling of the state Supreme Court Parks assumed the office of lieutenant governor because he was the duly elected president of the state senate on the last day of the session of the senate in 1905.
16 Erastus Harper 1907 1909 Republican
17 Stephen R. Fitzgarrald 1909 1915 Democratic
18 Moses E. Lewis 1915 1917 Republican
19 James A. Pulliam 1917 1919 Democratic
20 George Stepham 1919 1921 Republican
21 Earl Cooley 1921 1923 Republican
22 Robert F. Rockwell 1923 1925 Republican
23 Sterling Byrd Lacy 1925 1927 Democratic
24 George Milton Corlett 1927 1931 Republican
25 Edwin C. Johnson 1931 1932 Democratic
26 Raymond Herbert Talbot 1933 1937 Democratic
27 Frank J. Hayes 1937 1939 Democratic
28 John Charles Vivian 1939 1943 Republican Elected to serve as Governor 1943-1947.
29 William Eugene Higby 1943 1947 Republican
30 Homer L. Pearson 1947 1949 Democratic
31 Walter Walford Johnson 1949 1950 Democratic Served as Governor 1950-1951 following the resignation of Governor William Lee Knous.
32 Charles P. Murphy 1950 1950 Republican As president of state senate, Murphy assumed the office of lieutenant governor upon the vacancy of Walter Walford Johnson, who became governor.[4]
33 Gordon L. Allott 1950 1955 Republican
34 Stephen L.R. McNichols 1955 1957 Democratic Elected to serve as Governor 1957-1963.
35 Frank L. Hays 1957 1959 Republican
36 Robert Lee Knous 1959 1967 Democratic
37 Mark Anthony Hogan 1967 1971 Democratic
38 John David Vanderhoof 1971 1973 Republican Served as Governor 1973-1975 following resignation of Governor John Arthur Love.
39 Ted L. Strickland 1973 1975 Republican As president of the state senate, Strickland assumed the office of lieutenant governor upon the vacancy of John D. Vanderhoof, who became governor.[5]
40 George L. Brown 1975 1979 Democratic
41 Nancy E. Dick 1979 1987 Democratic
42 Mike Callihan 1987 1994 Democratic
43 Samuel H. Cassidy 1994 1995 Democratic
44 Gail S. Schoettler 1995 1999 Democratic
45 Joe Rogers 1999 2003 Republican
46 Jane E. Norton 2003 2007 Republican
47 Barbara O'Brien 2007 2011 Democratic
48 Joseph A. Garcia 2011 2016 Democratic
48 Donna Lynne 2016 Democratic


Living former Lieutenant Governors of Colorado[edit]

As of June 2016, there are eight former lieutenant governors of Colorado who are currently living at this time, the oldest being Nancy E. Dick (1979–1987, born 1930). The most recent U.S. lieutenant governor of Colorado to die was Joe Rogers (1999–2003, born 1964), on October 7, 2013.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Mark A. Hogan 1967–1971 (1931-01-27) January 27, 1931 (age 85)
Nancy E. Dick 1979–1987 (1930-07-22) July 22, 1930 (age 86)
Mike Callihan 1987–1994 (1947-08-07) August 7, 1947 (age 69)
Samuel H. Cassidy 1994–1995 (1950-01-16) January 16, 1950 (age 66)
Gail Schoettler 1995–1999 (1943-10-21) October 21, 1943 (age 72)
Jane E. Norton 2003–2007 (1954-10-12) October 12, 1954 (age 61)
Barbara O'Brien 2007–2011 (1950-04-18) April 18, 1950 (age 66)
Joseph García 2011–2016 (1957-03-21) March 21, 1957 (age 59)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Colorado State Constitution, by Dale A. Oesterle, Richard B. Collins https://books.google.com/books?id=3epMAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA102&lpg=PA102&dq=election+colorado+lieutenant+governor&source=bl&ots=o9D16W-H9A&sig=oFAP6pfuu9uSu2wictxCB5quh9Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDoQ6AEwBTgeahUKEwi_sZXf6KTHAhXIm4gKHXfhAAo#v=onepage&q=election%20colorado%20lieutenant%20governor&f=false
  2. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/presidents%20and%20speakers.pdf
  3. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/presidents%20and%20speakers.pdf
  4. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/presidents%20and%20speakers.pdf
  5. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/presidents%20and%20speakers.pdf

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