List of Lieutenant Governors of Colorado

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Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
Seal of the Executive Office of Colorado.svg
Donna Lynne.jpg
Donna Lynne

since 12 May 2016
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Lafayette Head
Formation 1877
Salary $68,500
Website [1]

The lieutenant governor of Colorado is the second-highest-ranking member of the executive department of the Colorado state government, below only the Governor of Colorado. The lieutenant governor, who acts as governor in his absence and succeeds to the governorship in case of vacancy, is elected on a partisan ticket with the governor.

After the 1966 general election, the Colorado Constitution was amended to require the joint election of governor and lieutenant governor — candidates running as a ticket.[1] Prior to this amendment, the lieutenant governor candidate was elected separately from the governor during the same election—sometimes resulting in a governor and a lieutenant governor from different political parties.

The present lieutenant governor is Donna Lynne, a Democrat.

List of lieutenant governors[edit]


  Populist (1)   Democratic (21)   Republican (26)

# Lt. Governor From To Lt. Governor Party Notes
1 Lafayette Head 1877 1879 Lafayette Head Republican
2 Horace Austin Warner Tabor 1879 1883 Frederick Walker Pitkin Republican
3 William H. Meyer 1883 1885 James Benton Grant (Democratic) Republican
4 Peter W. Breene 1885 1887 Benjamin Harrison Eaton Republican
5 Norman H. Meldrum 1887 1889 Alva Adams Democratic
6 William Grover Smith 1889 1891 Job Adams Cooper Republican
7 William Story 1891 1893 John Long Routt Republican
8 David H. Nichols 1893 1895 Davis Hanson Waite Populist
9 Jared L. Brush 1895 1899 Albert Washington McIntire
Alva Adams
Republican Namesake of Brush, Colorado.
10 Francis Patrick Carney 1899 1901 Charles Spalding Thomas Populist
11 David Courtney Coates 1901 1902 James Bradley Orman Democratic
12 Warren A. Haggott 1902 1903 James Bradley Orman Republican
13 Jesse F. McDonald 1905 1905 James Hamilton Peabody Republican As the lieutenant governor, McDonald assumed office of governor after the resignation of both Governors Alva Adams and James Hamilton Peabody within a 24-hour period between March 16-17, 1905.[2] Thus McDonald served as lieutenant governor for fewer than 24 hours.
14 Arthur Cornforth 1905 1905 Alva Adams
James Hamilton Peabody
Jesse Fuller McDonald
Republican As president of the state senate Cornforth became lieutenant governor upon the vacancy of Jesse McDonald who assumed office of the governor. Cornforth served less than three months because the state Supreme Court ruled the current president of the senate should assume the role of lieutenant governor and Fred Parks was selected by the body to be president of the senate on the last day of the session.[3]
15 Fred W. Parks 1905 1907 Jesse Fuller McDonald Republican By a ruling of the state Supreme Court Parks assumed the office of lieutenant governor because he was the duly elected president of the state senate on the last day of the session of the senate in 1905.
16 Erastus Harper 1907 1909 Henry Augustus Buchtel Republican
17 Stephen R. Fitzgarrald 1909 1915 John F. Shafroth
Elias M. Ammons
18 Moses E. Lewis 1915 1917 George Alfred Carlson Republican
19 James A. Pulliam 1917 1919 Julius Caldeen Gunter Democratic
20 George Stepham 1919 1921 Oliver Henry Shoup Republican
21 Earl Cooley 1921 1923 Oliver Henry Shoup Republican
22 Robert F. Rockwell 1923 1925 William Ellery Sweet Republican
23 Sterling Byrd Lacy 1925 1927 Clarence Morley Democratic
24 George Milton Corlett 1927 1931 Billy Adams Republican
25 Edwin C. Johnson 1931 1932 Billy Adams Democratic
26 Raymond Herbert Talbot 1933 1937 Edwin C. Johnson Democratic
27 Frank J. Hayes 1937 1939 Ray Herbert Talbot
Teller Ammons
28 John Charles Vivian 1939 1943 Ralph Lawrence Carr Republican Elected to serve as Governor 1943-1947.
29 William Eugene Higby 1943 1947 John Charles Vivian Republican
30 Homer L. Pearson 1947 1949 William Lee Knous Democratic
31 Walter Walford Johnson 1949 1950 William Lee Knous Democratic Served as Governor 1950-1951 following the resignation of Governor William Lee Knous.
32 Charles P. Murphy 1950 1950 Walter Walford Johnson Republican As president of state senate, Murphy assumed the office of lieutenant governor upon the vacancy of Walter Walford Johnson, who became governor.[4]
33 Gordon L. Allott 1950 1955 Walter Walford Johnson (Democratic)
Daniel I.J. Thornton (Republican)
34 Stephen L.R. McNichols 1955 1957 Edwin C. Johnson Democratic Elected to serve as Governor 1957-1963.
35 Frank L. Hays 1957 1959 Stephen L.R. McNichols Republican
36 Robert Lee Knous 1959 1967 Stephen L.R. McNichols
John Arthur Love
37 Mark Anthony Hogan 1967 1971 John Arthur Love Democratic
38 John David Vanderhoof 1971 1973 John Arthur Love Republican Served as Governor 1973-1975 following resignation of Governor John Arthur Love.
39 Ted L. Strickland 1973 1975 John David Vanderhoof Republican As president of the state senate, Strickland assumed the office of lieutenant governor upon the vacancy of John D. Vanderhoof, who became governor.[5]
40 George L. Brown 1975 1979 Richard Lamm Democratic
41 Nancy E. Dick 1979 1987 Richard Lamm Democratic
42 Mike Callihan 1987 1994 Roy Romer Democratic
43 Samuel H. Cassidy 1994 1995 Roy Romer Democratic
44 Gail S. Schoettler 1995 1999 Roy Romer Democratic
45 Joe Rogers 1999 2003 Bill Owens Republican
46 Jane E. Norton 2003 2007 Bill Owens Republican
47 Barbara O'Brien 2007 2011 Bill Ritter Democratic
48 Joseph A. Garcia 2011 2016 John Hickenlooper Democratic
49 Donna Lynne 2016 John Hickenlooper Democratic

Living former Lieutenant Governors of Colorado[edit]

As of January 2017, there are eight former lieutenant governors of Colorado who are currently living at this time, the oldest being Nancy E. Dick (1979–1987, born 1930). The most recent U.S. lieutenant governor of Colorado to die was Joe Rogers (1999–2003, born 1964), on October 7, 2013.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Mark A. Hogan 1967–1971 (1931-01-27) January 27, 1931 (age 86)
Nancy E. Dick 1979–1987 (1930-07-22) July 22, 1930 (age 87)
Mike Callihan 1987–1994 (1947-08-07) August 7, 1947 (age 70)
Samuel H. Cassidy 1994–1995 (1950-01-16) January 16, 1950 (age 67)
Gail Schoettler 1995–1999 (1943-10-21) October 21, 1943 (age 74)
Jane E. Norton 2003–2007 (1954-10-12) October 12, 1954 (age 63)
Barbara O'Brien 2007–2011 (1950-04-18) April 18, 1950 (age 67)
Joseph García 2011–2016 (1957-03-21) March 21, 1957 (age 60)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Colorado State Constitution, by Dale A. Oesterle, Richard B. Collins
  2. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013.
  3. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013.
  4. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013.
  5. ^ Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013.

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