List of lieutenant governors of California

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Below is a list of lieutenant governors of the U.S. state of California, 1849 to present. In California, the Lieutenant Governor and the Governor do not run together on the same ticket. The Lieutenant Governor can therefore be affiliated with a different political party than that of the Governor. Per the 1879 California Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor is the President of the State Senate.

List of lieutenant governors[edit]

Lieutenant Governors of the State of California
No. Lieutenant Governor Term in office Party Election Governor[a]
1 John McDougall.jpg   John McDougal December 20, 1849

January 9, 1851
Democratic 1849
[b][c]
  Peter Hardeman Burnett
2 Hon. David C. Broderick, Cal - NARA - 528285.jpg David C. Broderick
(acting)
January 9, 1851

January 8, 1852
Democratic John McDougal
3 Samuel Purdy January 8, 1852

January 9, 1856
Democratic 1851 John Bigler
1853
4 Robert M. Anderson January 9, 1856

January 8, 1858
American 1855 J. Neely Johnson
5 Joseph Walkup (California Lieutenant Governor).jpg Joseph Walkup January 8, 1858

January 9, 1860
Democratic 1857 John B. Weller
6 John G. Downey.jpg John G. Downey January 9, 1860

January 20, 1860
Democratic 1859
[d]
Milton Latham
7 Isaac N. Quinn
(acting)
January 20, 1860

January 7, 1861
Democratic John G. Downey
8 DeLaGuerra t479.jpg Pablo de la Guerra
(acting)
January 7, 1861

January 10, 1862
Democratic
9 John F. Chellis January 10, 1862

December 10, 1863
Republican 1861 Leland Stanford
10 Tim N. Machin December 10, 1863

December 5, 1867
Republican 1863
[e]
Frederick Low
11 William Holden (California Lieutenant Governor).jpg William Holden December 5, 1867

December 8, 1871
Democratic 1867 Henry Huntly Haight
12 Romualdo Pacheco - Brady-Handy.jpg Romualdo Pacheco December 8, 1871

February 27, 1875
Republican 1871
[f]
Newton Booth
13 William Irwin painting.jpg William Irwin
(acting)
February 27, 1875

December 9, 1875
Democratic Romualdo Pacheco[g]
14 James A. Johnson (California Congressman and Lt. Gov.).jpg James A. Johnson December 9, 1875

January 8, 1880
Democratic 1875 William Irwin
15 John Mansfield January 8, 1880

January 10, 1883
Republican 1879 George Clement Perkins
16 John Daggett January 10, 1883

January 8, 1887
Democratic 1882 George Stoneman
17 Robert Waterman.jpg Robert Waterman January 8, 1887

September 13, 1887
Republican 1886
[h]
Washington Bartlett[i]
18 StephenMWhite.JPG Stephen M. White
(acting)
September 13, 1887

January 8, 1891
Democratic Robert Waterman[g]
19 John B. Reddick (California Lt. Governor).jpg John B. Reddick January 8, 1891

January 11, 1895
Republican 1890 Henry Markham
20 Spencer G. Millard (California Lt. Governor).jpg Spencer G. Millard January 11, 1895

October 25, 1895
Republican 1894
[j]
James Budd[i]
21 William T. Jeter (California Lieutenant Governor).jpg William T. Jeter October 25, 1895

January 3, 1899
Democratic
22 Jacob Hart Neff (California Lieutenant Governor).jpg Jacob H. Neff January 3, 1899

January 6, 1903
Republican 1898 Henry Gage
23 Alden Anderson.jpg Alden Anderson January 6, 1903

January 8, 1907
Republican 1902 George Pardee
24 Warren R. Porter (California Lieutenant Governor).jpg Warren R. Porter January 8, 1907

January 3, 1911
Republican 1906 James Gillett
25 Albert j wallace march 1911 leg.jpg Albert Joseph Wallace January 3, 1911

January 5, 1915
Republican 1910 Hiram Johnson[k]
26 John Morton Eshleman.jpg John Morton Eshleman January 5, 1915

February 28, 1916
Progressive 1914
[l]
Vacant February 28, 1916

July 22, 1916
27 William Dennison Stephens (1859–1944) portrait circa 1917.jpg William Stephens July 22, 1916

March 15, 1917
Republican
Vacant February 28, 1916

July 22, 1916
William Stephens
28 CC Young.jpg C. C. Young January 7, 1919

January 4, 1927
Republican 1918
1922 Friend Richardson
29 Buron Fitts (California Lieutenant Governor).jpg Buron Fitts January 4, 1927

November 30, 1928
Republican 1926
[m]
C. C. Young
Vacant November 30, 1928

December 4, 1928
30 Herschel L. Carnahan December 4, 1928

January 6, 1931
Republican
31 FrankMerriam.jpg Frank Merriam January 5, 1931

June 2, 1934
Republican 1930
[n]
James Rolph
Vacant June 2, 1934

January 7, 1935
Frank Merriam
32 George J. Hatfield January 8, 1935

January 2, 1939
Republican 1934
33 Ellis E. Patterson.jpg Ellis E. Patterson January 2, 1939

January 4, 1943
Democratic 1938 Culbert Olson
34 Frederick F. Houser January 4, 1943

January 6, 1947
Republican 1942 Earl Warren
35 GoodwinKnight.jpg Goodwin Knight January 6, 1947

October 5, 1953
Republican 1946
1950
[o]
36 Harold J. Powers October 5, 1953

January 5, 1959
Republican Goodwin Knight
1954
37 Glenn M Anderson.jpg Glenn M. Anderson January 5, 1959

January 2, 1967
Democratic 1958 Pat Brown
1962
38 RobertHFinch.jpg Robert Finch January 2, 1967

January 8, 1969
Republican 1966
[p]
Ronald Reagan
39 Edwin Reinecke.jpg Edwin Reinecke January 8, 1969

October 2, 1974
Republican
1970
[q]
40 John L. Harmer October 2, 1974

January 6, 1975
Republican
41 Mervyn M. Dymally Assembly.jpg Mervyn M. Dymally January 6, 1975

January 8, 1979
Democratic 1974 Jerry Brown[i]
42 Mike Curb Congregation and Davy Jones on Pop 1972 (cropped).JPG Mike Curb January 8, 1979

January 3, 1983
Republican 1978
43 Leo T. McCarthy January 3, 1983

January 3, 1995
Democratic 1982 George Deukmejian[g]
1986
1990 Pete Wilson[g]
44 Lt. Gray Davis.jpg Gray Davis January 3, 1995

January 4, 1999
Democratic 1994
45 Cruz-Bustamante (1).jpg Cruz Bustamante January 4, 1999

January 7, 2007
Democratic 1998 Gray Davis
(recalled November 17, 2003)
2002
Arnold Schwarzenegger[g]
46 John Garamendi (cropped).jpg John Garamendi January 7, 2007

November 3, 2009
Democratic 2006
[r]
47 Mona pasquil.jpg Mona Pasquil
(acting)
November 3, 2009

April 27, 2010
Democratic
48 Abel-Maldonado.jpg Abel Maldonado April 27, 2010

January 10, 2011
Republican
2010
[s]
Jerry Brown[i]
49 Gavin Newsom official photo (cropped).jpg Gavin Newsom January 10, 2011

January 7, 2019
Democratic
2014
[t]
50 Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis.jpg Eleni Kounalakis Lieutenant Governor-elect
takes office
January 7, 2019
Democratic 2018
[u]
Gavin Newsom

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lieutenant governors represented the same party as their governor unless noted.
  2. ^ A civilian government was formed in late 1849 prior to official statehood, and operated as the state government for ten months before official statehood was granted.[1]
  3. ^ Burnett resigned and McDougal succeeded him; as president of the senate, Broderick acted as lieutenant governor for the remainder of the term.
  4. ^ Latham resigned and Downey succeeded him. As president of the senate, Quinn acted as lieutenant governor until the legislative session ended, at which time de la Guerra was elected president of the senate and acted as lieutenant governor for the remainder of the term.
  5. ^ First term under an 1862 constitutional amendment, which lengthened terms to four years.
  6. ^ Booth resigned and Pacheco succeeded him; as president of the senate, Irwin acted as lieutenant governor for the remainder of the term.
  7. ^ a b c d e Represented the Republican Party.
  8. ^ Bartlett died in office and Waterman succeeded him; as president of the senate, White acted as lieutenant governor for the remainder of the term.
  9. ^ a b c d Represented the Democratic Party.
  10. ^ Millard died in office; Jeter was appointed by Budd to succeed him.
  11. ^ Represented the Progressive Party during Stephens' term.
  12. ^ Eshleman died in office; Stephens was appointed to succeed him. Johnson later resigned and Stephens succeeded him; the office remained vacant for the remainder of the term.
  13. ^ Fitts resigned to serve as a special prosecutor; Carnahan was appointed to succeed him.
  14. ^ Rolph died in office and Merriam succeeded him, rendering the office vacant for the remainder of the term.
  15. ^ Warren resigned and Knight succeeded him; as president pro tempore of the senate, Powers succeeded Knight.
  16. ^ Finch resigned to be United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and Reinecke was appointed to succeed him.
  17. ^ Reineke was forced to resign when convicted and sentenced for perjury; it was later overturned on appeal. Harmer was appointed to succeed him.
  18. ^ Garamendi resigned to take an elected seat in the United States House of Representatives; Maldonado was appointed to succeed him, and Pasquil was appointed to act as lieutenant governor pending Maldonado's confirmation.
  19. ^ Newsom delayed his swearing in as lieutenant governor until January 10, 2011, to remain mayor of San Francisco; Maldonado stayed on as lieutenant governor until then.[2]
  20. ^ Lieutenant Governor Newsom's second term expires on January 7, 2019.
  21. ^ Lieutenant Governor-elect Kounalakis' first term begins on January 7, 2019, and expires on January 2, 2023.

References[edit]

General
  • "History of California Constitutional Officers" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
Constitutions
Specific
  1. ^ "Peter Hardeman Burnett". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Upton Oot, John (January 7, 2011). "Newsom's Dual Role Raises Legal Quandary". The Bay Citizen. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2015.