Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

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Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Incumbent
Michael J. Stack III

since January 20, 2015
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder John Lhatta
Formation 1873
Salary $157,765 (2014)[1]
Website ltgovernor.state.pa.us

The lieutenant governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The lieutenant governor is elected every four years along with the governor. Michael J. Stack III is the incumbent lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor presides in the Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor.

The office of lieutenant governor was created by the Constitution of 1873. As with the governor's position, the Constitution of 1968 made the lieutenant governor eligible to succeed himself or herself for one additional four-year term.[2]

List of lieutenant governors[edit]

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

# Name Term Party
1 John Latta 1875–1879 Democrat
2 Charles Warren Stone 1879–1883 Republican
3 Chauncey Forward Black 1883–1887 Democratic
4 William T. Davies 1887–1891 Republican
5 Louis Arthur Watres 1891–1895 Republican
6 Walter Lyon 1895–1899 Republican
7 John P. S. Gobin 1899–1903 Republican
8 William M. Brown 1903–1907 Republican
9 Robert S. Murphy 1907–1911 Republican
10 John M. Reynolds 1911–1915 Republican
11 Frank B. McClain 1915–1919 Republican
12 Edward E. Beidleman 1919–1923 Republican
13 David J. Davis 1923–1927 Republican
14 Arthur H. James 1927–1931 Republican
15 Edward C. Shannon 1931–1935 Republican
16 Thomas Kennedy 1935–1939 Democratic
17 Samuel S. Lewis 1939–1943 Republican
18 John Cromwell Bell, Jr. 1943–1947 Republican
19 Daniel B. Strickler 1947–1951 Republican
20 Lloyd H. Wood 1951–1955 Republican
22 Roy E. Furman 1955–1959 Democratic
23 John Morgan Davis 1959–1963 Democratic
24 Raymond P. Shafer 1963–1967 Republican
25 Raymond J. Broderick 1967–1971 Republican
26 Ernest P. Kline 1971–1979 Democratic
27 William Scranton, III 1979–1987 Republican
28 Mark Singel 1987–1995 Democratic
29 Mark S. Schweiker 1995–2001 Republican
30 Robert C. Jubelirer 2001–2003 Republican
31 Catherine Baker Knoll 2003–2008 Democratic
32 Joseph B. Scarnati III 2008–2011 Republican
33 Jim Cawley 2011–2015 Republican
34 Mike Stack 2015– Democratic

Living former Lieutenant Governors of Pennsylvania[edit]

As of January 2015, six former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Pennsylvania were alive, the oldest being Robert C. Jubelirer (served 2001–2003, born 1937). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania was that of Ernest P. Kline (served 1971–1979, born 1929), on May 13, 2009. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Catherine Baker Knoll (2003-2008), who died in office on November 12, 2008.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
William Scranton, III 1979–1987 (1947-07-20) July 20, 1947 (age 69)
Mark Singel 1987–1995 (1953-09-12) September 12, 1953 (age 62)
Mark S. Schweiker 1995–2001 (1953-01-31) January 31, 1953 (age 63)
Robert C. Jubelirer 2001–2003 (1937-02-09) February 9, 1937 (age 79)
Joseph B. Scarnati III 2008–2011 (1962-01-02) January 2, 1962 (age 54)
Jim Cawley 2011–2015 (1969-06-22) June 22, 1969 (age 47)

Vice-presidents of Pennsylvania[edit]

From 1777 to 1790 the executive branch of Pennsylvania's state government was headed by a Supreme Executive Council consisting of a representative of each county and of the City of Philadelphia. The Vice President of the Council—also known as the Vice-President of Pennsylvania—held a position analogous to the modern office of Lieutenant Governor. Presidents and Vice-Presidents were elected to one-year terms and could serve up to three years—the full length of their regular term as Counsellor. Ten men served as Vice-President during the time of the Council's existence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dawson, Mike (20 February 2014). "Jay Paterno seeking election as Pa. lieutenant governor". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
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