List of current United States lieutenant governors

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Party affiliation of current United States lieutenant governors:
  Democratic
  Republican
  Position nonexistent
Party affiliation of current designated successors to the current United States governors:
  Democratic designated successor
  Republican designated successor
  New Progressive designated successor
Method for electing the lieutenant governor.
  Same ticket
  Same ticket in the general election, separate election in the primaries
  Separate election
  Elected by the state senate
  Position nonexistent

The lieutenant governor is the second-highest-ranking government official in 45 of the 50 U.S. States and four territories. In those states and territories, it is the first in the line of succession in case of a vacancy in the office of governor (note: in Massachusetts and West Virginia, the lieutenant governor succeeds 'only' as acting governor), while in the remaining states and territories another office holds that status. Currently, 26 states elect a lieutenant governor on a ticket with the governor, while 17 states elect a lieutenant governor separately. In West Virginia, the President of the Senate, as elected by the State Senators, serves as the state's lieutenant governor. In Tennessee, the State Senators elect a Speaker of the Senate, who in turn serves as lieutenant governor. Five states do not have a lieutenant governor. In the 50 states, District of Columbia, and 5 territories, there are currently 27 Democrats, 28 Republicans and one member with the Puerto Rico New Progressive Party.

List of lieutenant governors by state[edit]

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.


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Democratic New Progressive Republican
State Picture Lieutenant governor Party Prior office(s) held Took office Term ends Chosen by[1]
Alabama Alabama
(List)
No image.png Will Ainsworth Republican Alabama House January 14, 2019 2023 Separate election
Alaska Alaska
(List)
Senator Kevin Meyer (cropped).jpg Kevin Meyer Republican Alaska Senate
Alaska House
December 3, 2018 2022 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Arkansas Arkansas
(List)
Tim Griffin 113th Congress.jpg Tim Griffin Republican U.S. House
U.S. Attorney
January 13, 2015 2023 (term limits) Separate election
California California
(List)
Eleni Kounalakis 2019.jpg Eleni Kounalakis Democratic United States Ambassador to Hungary January 7, 2019 2023 Separate election
Colorado Colorado
(List)
2010 Official Picture of Representative Dianne Primavera (cropped).jpg Dianne Primavera Democratic Colorado House January 8, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Connecticut Connecticut
(List)
SusanBysiewiczPic (cropped).JPG Susan Bysiewicz Democratic Secretary of the State of Connecticut
Connecticut House
January 9, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Delaware Delaware
(List)
Bethany Hall-Long.jpg Bethany Hall-Long Democratic Delaware Senate
Delaware House
January 17, 2017 2025 Separate election
Florida Florida
(List)
Jeanette Nunez official photo (cropped).jpg Jeanette Núñez Republican Florida House January 8, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
(List)
GeoffDuncan2018 (cropped).jpg Geoff Duncan Republican Georgia House January 14, 2019 2023 Separate election
Hawaii Hawaii
(List)
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii Josh Green (cropped).jpg Josh Green Democratic Hawaii Senate
Hawaii House
December 3, 2018 2022 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Idaho Idaho
(List)
Janice McGeachin.jpg Janice McGeachin Republican Idaho House January 7, 2019 2023 Separate election
Illinois Illinois
(List)
Juliana Stratton (cropped).jpg Juliana Stratton Democratic Illinois House January 14, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Indiana Indiana
(List)
170905-Z-PM441-6534 (cropped 2).jpg Suzanne Crouch Republican Auditor
Indiana House
January 9, 2017 2025 Same ticket
Iowa Iowa
(List)
Adam Gregg on EPA Iowa state action tour.jpg Adam Gregg Republican Public Defender of Iowa January 18, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Kansas Kansas
(List)
David Toland official photo (cropped).jpg David Toland Democratic State Secretary of Commerce January 2, 2021 (Appointed) 2023 Same ticket
Kentucky Kentucky
(List)
Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman. Official Portrait.jpg Jacqueline Coleman Democratic No prior offices December 10, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Louisiana Louisiana
(List)
Billy Nungesser 2018.jpg Billy Nungesser Republican Plaquemines Parish President January 11, 2016 2024 Separate election
Maryland Maryland
(List)
Boyd Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor.jpg Boyd Rutherford Republican Assistant USDA Secretary of Administration January 21, 2015 2023 Same ticket
Massachusetts Massachusetts
(List)
Karyn Polito official photo (cropped).jpg Karyn Polito Republican Massachusetts House January 8, 2015 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Michigan Michigan
(List)
Garlin Gilchrist in Grand Rapids.jpg Garlin Gilchrist Democratic No prior offices January 1, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Minnesota Minnesota
(List)
Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan at the 'Amy For America' booth at the Minnesota State Fair.jpg Peggy Flanagan Democratic (DFL) Minnesota House January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Mississippi Mississippi
(List)
Delbert Hosemann in Kuwait (cropped).jpg Delbert Hosemann Republican Mississippi Secretary of State January 14, 2020 2024 Separate election
Missouri Missouri
(List)
Mike Kehoe official photo (cropped).jpg Mike Kehoe Republican Missouri Senate June 18, 2018 2025 Separate election
Montana Montana
(List)
No image.png Kristen Juras Republican No prior offices January 4, 2021 2025 Same ticket
Nebraska Nebraska
(List)
MikeFoley pic.jpg Mike Foley Republican Auditor
Nebraska Legislature
January 8, 2015 2023 Same ticket
Nevada Nevada
(List)
No image.svg Kate Marshall Democratic Nevada State Treasurer January 7, 2019 2023 Separate election
New Jersey New Jersey
(List)
Lt Gov Sheila Oliver.jpeg Sheila Oliver Democratic New Jersey General Assembly January 16, 2018 2022 Same ticket
New Mexico New Mexico
(List)
Howie Morales.jpg Howie Morales Democratic New Mexico Senate
Grant County Clerk
January 1, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
New York (state) New York
(List)
Kathy Hochul, November 2017.jpeg Kathy Hochul Democratic U.S. House
Erie County Clerk
January 1, 2015 2022[2] Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
North Carolina North Carolina
(List)
Mark Robinson (cropped).png Mark Robinson Republican No prior offices January 1, 2021 2025 Separate election
North Dakota North Dakota
(List)
LtGov Brent Sanford (cropped).jpg Brent Sanford Republican Mayor of Watford City December 15, 2016 2024 Same ticket
Ohio Ohio
(List)
LtGov-Jon-Husted (cropped).jpg Jon A. Husted Republican Secretary of State
Ohio Senate
House Speaker
Ohio House
January 14, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Oklahoma Oklahoma
(List)
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma Matt Pinnell.jpg Matt Pinnell Republican Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party January 14, 2019 2023 Separate election
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
(List)
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Portrait (46874790005) (cropped).jpg John Fetterman Democratic Mayor of Braddock January 15, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
Rhode Island Rhode Island
(List)
No image.png Sabina Matos Democratic Providence City Council April 14, 2021 2023 Separate election
South Carolina South Carolina
(List)
Pamela Evette SC (cropped).jpeg Pamela Evette Republican No prior offices January 9, 2019 2023 Same ticket
South Dakota South Dakota
(List)
South Dakota Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden (cropped2).jpg Larry Rhoden Republican South Dakota House Speaker January 5, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Tennessee Tennessee
(List)
Sen. Randy McNally (cropped).jpg Randy McNally Republican Tennessee Senate
Tennessee House
January 10, 2017 2023 State Senate[3]
Texas Texas
(List)
Dan Patrick Texas (cropped).jpg Dan Patrick Republican Texas Senate January 20, 2015 2023 Separate election
Utah Utah
(List)
D Henderson.JPG Deidre Henderson Republican Utah Senate January 4, 2021 2025 Same ticket
Vermont Vermont
(List)
Molly Gray.jpg Molly Gray Democratic No prior offices January 7, 2021 2023 Separate election
Virginia Virginia
(List)
Justin Fairfax (8636601491).jpg Justin Fairfax Democratic No prior offices January 13, 2018 2022 Separate election
Washington (state) Washington
(List)
Denny Heck official.jpg Denny Heck Democratic U.S. House
Washington House
January 13, 2021 2025 Separate election
West Virginia West Virginia
(List)
No image.png Craig Blair Republican West Virginia House
West Virginia Senate
January 13, 2021 2025 State Senate[4]
Wisconsin Wisconsin
(List)
Mandela Barnes Headshot (1).jpg Mandela Barnes Democratic Wisconsin Assembly January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries

List of lieutenant governors by territory[edit]

Territory Picture Lieutenant governor Party Prior office(s) held Took office Seat up Chosen by[1]
American Samoa American Samoa
(List)
No image.png Salo Ale Democratic Attorney General January 3, 2021 2025 Same ticket
Guam Guam
(List)
Lt.-Governor-Josh-Tenorio-768x960.jpg Josh Tenorio Democratic No prior offices January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
(List)
Arnold Palacios.jpg Arnold Palacios Republican Northern Mariana Islands Senate January 14, 2019 2023 Same ticket
United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
(List)
Tregenza Roach.jpg Tregenza Roach Democratic Legislature of the Virgin Islands January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket

States which do not have lieutenant governors[edit]

Five states do not have a position of an official lieutenant governor. In these cases, the Secretary of State or the President of the Senate is next in line for the governorship.

State Office Picture Officeholder Party Prior office(s) held Took position
Arizona Arizona
(List)
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs by Gage Skidmore.jpg Katie Hobbs Democratic Arizona Senate
Arizona House
January 7, 2019
Maine Maine
(List)
President of the Senate No image.svg Troy Jackson Democratic Maine Senate December 5, 2018
New Hampshire New Hampshire
(List)
President of the Senate No image.png Chuck Morse Republican New Hampshire Senate December 2, 2020
Oregon Oregon
(List)
Secretary of State Rep. Shemia Fagan (9515724183) (cropped).jpg Shemia Fagan
Democratic Oregon Senate
Oregon House
January 4, 2021
Wyoming Wyoming
(List)
Secretary of State Secretary Buchanan Wyo.jpg Edward Buchanan Republican Wyoming House Speaker March 1, 2018

Federal district and territories which do not have lieutenant governors[edit]

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.

Federal district
or territory
Office Picture Officeholder Party Prior Offices Held Took position
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia
(List)
Chairman of the Council Phil Mendelson - DC Capital Pride - 2014.jpg Phil Mendelson[5] Democratic DC Councilman
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner
June 13, 2012
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
(List)
Secretary of State Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez from Ponce, Puerto Rico Larry Seilhamer New Progressive President pro tempore of the Puerto Rico Senate
Majority Leader of the Puerto Rico Senate
Member of the Puerto Rico Senate
January 2, 2021

States and territories with differing party membership at the executive level[edit]

In most states or territories, the governor and lieutenant governor are members of the same political party. In the following states, the designated successor to the governorship is of a different political party than the governor:

State
or territory
Governor Designated
successor
Arizona Republican Democratic
Louisiana Democratic Republican
North Carolina Democratic Republican
Vermont Republican Democratic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Executive Branch of the Several States". The Green Papers. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  2. ^ NY lieutenant gubernatorial terms begin at mid-night New Year's Day
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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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