Lieutenant Governor of Idaho

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Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
Seal of Idaho.svg
Great Seal of the State of Idaho
Incumbent
Brad Little

since January 6, 2009
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder N. B. Willey
1890
Website lgo.idaho.gov

Lieutenant Governor of Idaho is a constitutional statewide elected office in the State of Idaho. According to the Idaho Constitution, the lieutenant governor is elected to a four-year term.

The power of the Lieutenant Governor of Idaho derives from Article IV, Sections 12 and 13 of the Idaho Constitution, which provides that the office is first in line of succession to the Governor of Idaho. It also dictates that the lieutenant governor serves as the presiding officer of the Idaho State Senate.

Lieutenant governor has been a constitutional office in Idaho since statehood in 1890. Prior to 1946 the office was elected to two-year terms.

The current Lieutenant Governor of Idaho is Brad Little. In January 2009 Little was appointed by Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter to succeed Jim Risch, who resigned to take office in the United States Senate. Little was elected to his own right on November 2, 2010, and served the remainder of Risch's term, which ended in January 2011.[1]

List of Lieutenant Governors of Idaho[edit]

# Name Term of Service Political Party
1 N. B. Willey October 1890 – December 1890 Republican
2 John S. Gray December 1890 – January 2, 1893 Republican
3 F. B. Willis January 2, 1893 – January 7, 1895 Republican
4 F. J. Mills January 7, 1895 – January 4, 1897 Republican
5 George F. Moore January 4, 1897 – January 2, 1899 Democratic, Populist
6 J. H. Hutchinson January 2, 1899 – January 7, 1901 Silver Republican, Democratic
7 Thomas F. Terrell January 7, 1901 – January 5, 1903 Democratic
8 James M. Stevens January 5, 1903 – January 2, 1905 Republican
9 Burpee L. Steeves January 2, 1905 – January 7, 1907 Republican
10 Ezra A. Burrell January 7, 1907 – January 4, 1909 Republican
11 Lewis H. Sweetser January 4, 1909 – January 6, 1913 Republican
12 Herman H. Taylor January 6, 1913 – January 1, 1917 Republican
13 Ernest L. Parker January 1, 1917 – January 6, 1919 Democratic
14 Charles C. Moore January 6, 1919 – January 1, 1923 Republican
15 H. C. Baldridge January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927 Republican
16 O. E. Hailey January 3, 1927 – January 7, 1929 Republican
17 W. B. Kinne January 7, 1929 – September 30, 1929 Republican
Office vacant September 30, 1929 – October 25, 1929
18 O. E. Hailey October 25, 1929 – January 5, 1931 Republican
19 G. P. Mix January 5, 1931 – January 2, 1933 Democratic
20 George E. Hill January 2, 1933 – January 7, 1935 Democratic
21 G. P. Mix January 7, 1935 – January 4, 1937 Democratic
22 Charles C. Gossett January 4, 1937 – January 2, 1939 Democratic
23 Donald S. Whitehead January 2, 1939 – January 6, 1941 Republican
24 Charles C. Gossett January 6, 1941 – January 4, 1943 Democratic
24 Edwin Nelson January 4, 1943 – January 1, 1945 Republican
25 Arnold Williams January 1, 1945 – November 17, 1945 Democratic
Office vacant November 17, 1945 – March 20, 1946
26 A. R. McCabe March 20, 1946 – January 6, 1947 Democratic
27 Donald S. Whitehead January 6, 1947 – January 1, 1951 Republican
28 Edson H. Deal January 1, 1951 – January 3, 1955 Republicans
29 J. Berkeley Larsen January 3, 1955 – January 5, 1959 Republican
30 W. E. Drevlow January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1967 Democratic
31 Jack M. Murphy January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975 Republican
32 John V. Evans January 6, 1975 – January 24, 1977 Democratic
Office vacant January 24, 1977 – January 28, 1977
33 William J. Murphy January 28, 1977 – January 1, 1979 Democratic
34 Philip E. Batt January 1, 1979 – January 3, 1983 Republican
34 David H. Leroy January 3, 1983 – January 5, 1987 Republican
35 Butch Otter January 5, 1987 – January 3, 2001 Republican
Office vacant January 3, 2001 – January 30, 2001
36 Jack Riggs January 30, 2001 – January 6, 2003 Republican
37 Jim Risch January 6, 2003 – May 26, 2006 Republican
Office vacant May 26, 2006 – June 15, 2006
38 Mark Ricks June 15, 2006 – January 1, 2007 Republican
39 Jim Risch January 1, 2007 – January 3, 2009 Republican
Office vacant January 3, 2009 – January 6, 2009
40 Brad Little January 6, 2009 – Republican
  • (vacant), January 3, 2001 – January 30, 2001
  • (vacant), May 26, 2006 – June 15, 2006
  • (vacant), January 3, 2009 – January 6, 2009

Living former Lieutenant Governors of Idaho[edit]

As of August 2014, there are seven former lieutenant governors of Idaho, the oldest lieutenant governor of Idaho being Mark Ricks (2006–2007, born 1924), who was appointed. The most recent death was that of John V. Evans (1975–1977), who died at age 89 on July 8, 2014.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Philip E. Batt 1979–1983 (1927-03-04) March 4, 1927 (age 88)
David H. Leroy 1983–1987 (1947-08-16) August 16, 1947 (age 68)
Butch Otter 1987–2001 (1942-05-03) May 3, 1942 (age 73)
Jack Riggs 2001–2003 1954 (age 61–62)
Mark Ricks 2006–2007 (1924-07-04) July 4, 1924 (age 91)
Jim Risch 2003–2006
2007-2009
(1943-05-03) May 3, 1943 (age 72)

Passages[edit]

Incumbent Reason for Vacancy Appointed Successor Date of Appointment Elected Successor Date of Election
N. B. Willey Succeeded as Governor December 1890 John S. Gray December 1890 F. B. Willis November 8, 1892
W. B. Kinne Died September 30, 1929 O. E. Hailey October 25, 1929 G. P. Mix November 4, 1930
Arnold Williams Succeeded as Governor November 17, 1945 A. R. McCabe March 20, 1946 Donald S. Whitehead November 5, 1946
John V. Evans Succeeded as Governor January 24, 1977 William J. Murphy January 28, 1977 Philip E. Batt November 7, 1978
C. L. "Butch" Otter Resigned January 3, 2001 Jack Riggs January 30, 2001 Jim Risch November 5, 2002
Jim Risch Succeeded as Governor May 26, 2006 Mark Ricks June 15, 2006 Jim Risch November 7, 2006
Jim Risch Sworn into the United States Senate January 6, 2009 Brad Little January 6, 2009 Brad Little November 2, 2010

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