Lieutenant Governor of Idaho

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Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
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Brad Little

since January 6, 2009
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder N. B. Willey

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]

Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Idaho[edit]

As of August 2014, there are seven former U.S. lieutenant governors of Idaho, the oldest U.S. lieutenant governor of Idaho being Mark Ricks (2006-2007, born 1924). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Idaho was that of John V. Evans (1975-1977), who died 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 60–61)
Mark Ricks 2006-2007 (1924-07-04) July 4, 1924 (age 91)
Jim Risch 2003-2006
(1943-05-03) May 3, 1943 (age 72)


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