Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
|Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii|
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||James Kealoha|
|Formation||August 21, 1959|
|Website||Office of the Lt. Governor|
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The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii (Hawaiian: Hope kiaʻāina o Hawaiʻi) is the assistant chief executive of the U.S. state of Hawaii and its various agencies and departments, as provided in the Article V, Sections 2 though 6 of the Constitution of Hawaii. Elected by popular suffrage of residents of the state on the same ticket as the Governor of Hawaii, the officeholder is concurrently the Secretary of State of Hawaii.
The officeholder becomes Governor of Hawaii in an acting capacity upon an absence of the person occupying the office from the state or if the person becomes disabled from duty. Historically, Hawaii Lieutenant Governors were members of either the Hawaii Democratic Party or Hawaii Republican Party. Three have gone on to become Governor of Hawaii: George Ariyoshi, Ben Cayetano and John D. Waihee III.
The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is limited to two four-year terms. Inauguration takes place on the first Monday in December following a gubernatorial election. A single term ends at noon four years later. The Lieutenant Governor must be thirty years old and be a resident of Hawaiʻi for five consecutive years previous to election. Unlike some other states, the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is a full-time position and requires that the Lieutenant Governor be barred from other professions or paid positions during the term.
List of lieutenant governors
|#||Picture||Lt. Governor||Took Office||Left Office||Party||Governor(s) served under|
|1||James Kealoha||August 21, 1959||December 2, 1962||Republican||William F. Quinn|
|2||William S. Richardson||December 2, 1962||December 2, 1966||Democratic||John A. Burns|
|3||Thomas Gill||December 2, 1966||December 2, 1970||Democratic|
|4||George Ariyoshi||December 2, 1970||December 2, 1974||Democratic|
|5||Nelson Doi||December 2, 1974||December 2, 1978||Democratic||George Ariyoshi|
|6||Jean King||December 2, 1978||December 2, 1982||Democratic|
|7||John D. Waiheʻe||December 2, 1982||December 2, 1986||Democratic|
|8||Ben Cayetano||December 2, 1986||December 2, 1994||Democratic||John D. Waiheʻe|
|9||Mazie Hirono||December 2, 1994||December 2, 2002||Democratic||Ben Cayetano|
|10||Duke Aiona||December 4, 2002||December 6, 2010||Republican||Linda Lingle|
|11||Brian Schatz||December 6, 2010||December 26, 2012||Democratic||Neil Abercrombie|
|12||Shan Tsutsui||December 27, 2012||January 31, 2018||Democratic|
|13||Doug Chin||February 2, 2018||December 3, 2018||Democratic|
|14||Josh Green||December 3, 2018||Incumbent||Democratic|
Living former Lieutenant Governors of Hawaii
As of December 2018[update], there are eight living former Lieutenant Governors of Hawaii, the oldest being George Ariyoshi (served 1970–1974, born 1926). The most recent death of a former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii was that of Nelson Doi (served 1974–1978, born 1922), who died on May 16, 2015. The most recently serving officeholder to die was Jean King (1978–1982, born 1925) on November 24, 2013.
|Lieutenant Governor||Term||Date of birth (and age)|
|George Ariyoshi||1970–1974||March 12, 1926|
|John D. Waiheʻe III||1982–1986||May 19, 1946|
|Ben Cayetano||1986–1994||November 4, 1939|
|Mazie Hirono||1994–2002||November 3, 1947|
|Duke Aiona||2002–2010||June 8, 1955|
|Brian Schatz||2010–2012||October 20, 1972|
|Shan Tsutsui||2012–2018||August 9, 1971|
|Doug Chin||2018||July 21, 1966|
- "Hawaii Revised Statutes §26-1(a) (2019)". Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Retrieved 12 February 2019.