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Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
Seal of the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.svg
Incumbent
Vacant

since April 10, 2017
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Andrew J. Applegate
Formation1868
Salary$68,556
Website ltgov.alabama.gov

The Lieutenant Governor of Alabama is the president and presiding officer of the Alabama Senate, and is elected to serve a four-year term. The office was created in 1868, [1] abolished in 1875, [2] and recreated in 1901. [3] According to the current constitution, should the governor be out of the state for more than 20 days, the lieutenant governor becomes acting governor, and if the governor dies, resigns or is removed from office (via impeachment), the lieutenant governor ascends to the governorship. [4] Earlier constitutions said the powers of the governor devolved upon the successor, rather than them necessarily becoming governor, [5] but the official listing includes these as full governors. [6] The governor and lieutenant governor are not elected on the same ticket.

Lieutenant Governors of the State of Alabama
No. Lieutenant Governor Term in office Party Election Governor [a]
1   Andrew J. Applegate August 13, 1868

August 21, 1870
Republican 1868
[b] [c]
  William Hugh Smith
Vacant August 21, 1870

November 26, 1870
2 Ehmoren.jpg Edward H. Moren November 26, 1870

November 17, 1872
Democratic 1870 Robert B. Lindsay
3 AlexMcKinstry (cropped).jpg Alexander McKinstry November 17, 1872

November 24, 1874
Republican 1872 David P. Lewis
4 Robert F. Ligon.jpg Robert F. Ligon November 24, 1874

November 28, 1876
Democratic 1874 George S. Houston
Office did not exist from November 28, 1876, to January 19, 1903
5 Russell McWhortor Cunningham ca 1904.png Russell McWhortor Cunningham January 19, 1903

January 14, 1907
Democratic 1902
[d]
William D. Jelks
6 Henry B. Gray January 14, 1907

January 17, 1911
Democratic 1906 B. B. Comer
7 Walter D. Seed Sr. January 17, 1911

January 18, 1915
Democratic 1910 Emmet O'Neal
8 Thomas Kilby.jpg Thomas Kilby January 18, 1915

January 20, 1919
Democratic 1914 Charles Henderson
9 Nathan Lee Miller January 20, 1919

January 15, 1923
Democratic 1918 Thomas Kilby
10 Charles S. McDowell January 15, 1923

January 17, 1927
Democratic 1922
[e]
William W. Brandon
11 William C. Davis January 17, 1927

January 19, 1931
Democratic 1926 Bibb Graves
12 Hugh Davis Merrill January 19, 1931

January 14, 1935
Democratic 1930 Benjamin M. Miller
13 Thomas E. Knight January 14, 1935

May 17, 1937
Democratic 1934
[f]
Bibb Graves
Vacant May 17, 1937

January 17, 1939
14 Albert A. Carmichael January 17, 1939

January 19, 1943
Democratic 1938 Frank M. Dixon
15 Leven H. Ellis January 19, 1943

January 20, 1947
Democratic 1942 Chauncey Sparks
16 James C. Inzer January 20, 1947

January 15, 1951
Democratic 1946 Jim Folsom
17 JamesAllenVA.jpg James Allen January 15, 1951

January 17, 1955
Democratic 1950 Gordon Persons
18 William G. Hardwick January 17, 1955

January 19, 1959
Democratic 1954 Jim Folsom
19 Albert Boutwell January 19, 1959

January 14, 1963
Democratic 1958 John Malcolm Patterson
20 JamesAllenVA.jpg James Allen January 14, 1963

January 16, 1967
Democratic 1962 George Wallace
21 Governor Albert Brewer 1970.jpg Albert Brewer January 16, 1967

May 7, 1968
Democratic 1966
[g]
Lurleen Wallace
Vacant May 7, 1968

January 18, 1971
Albert Brewer
22 Jere Beasley.JPG Jere Beasley January 18, 1971

January 15, 1979
Democratic 1970
[h]
George Wallace
1974
23 George McMillan January 16, 1979

January 17, 1983
Democratic 1978 Fob James
24 Bill Baxley January 17, 1983

January 18, 1987
Democratic 1982 George Wallace
25 Jim Folsom Jr..jpg Jim Folsom Jr. January 18, 1987

April 22, 1993
Democratic 1986 H. Guy Hunt [i]
1990
[j]
Vacant April 22, 1993

January 16, 1995
Jim Folsom Jr.
26 Don Siegelman at Netroots Nation 2008 (cropped).jpg Don Siegelman January 16, 1995

January 18, 1999
Democratic 1994 Fob James [i]
27 Steve Windom January 18, 1999

January 20, 2003
Republican 1998 Don Siegelman [k]
28 Lucy Baxley.jpg Lucy Baxley January 20, 2003

January 15, 2007
Democratic 2002 Bob Riley [i]
29 Jim Folsom Jr..jpg Jim Folsom Jr. January 15, 2007

January 17, 2011
Democratic 2006
30 Portrait-Governor-Kay-Ivey.jpg Kay Ivey January 17, 2011

April 10, 2017
Republican 2010 Robert J. Bentley
2014
[l] [m]
Vacant April 10, 2017

January 14, 2019
Kay Ivey
31 Will Ainsworth Lieutenant Governor-elect
takes office
January 14, 2019
Republican 2018
[n]

Notes

  1. ^ Lieutenant governors represented the same party as their governor unless noted.
  2. ^ Applegate took office on August 13, 1868, though Smith took office as governor on July 24, 1868.
  3. ^ Applegate died in office; the office remained vacant for the remainder of the term. [7]
  4. ^ Cunningham acted as governor from April 25, 1904, to March 5, 1905, while Jelks was absent from the state. [8]
  5. ^ McDowell acted as governor from July 10, 1924, to July 11, 1924, while Brandon was absent from the state. [6]
  6. ^ Knight died in office; the office remained vacant for the remainder of the term. [9]
  7. ^ Brewer was acting governor on July 25, 1967, when Wallace had been absent from the state for 20 days; she returned to the state later that day. [6] [10] Wallace later died in office, and Brewer succeeded her, [6] rendering the office vacant for the remainder of the term.
  8. ^ Beasley acted as governor from June 5, 1972, to July 7, 1972, while Wallace was absent from the state. [6]
  9. ^ a b c Represented the Republican Party.
  10. ^ Hunt was removed from office [11] and Folsom succeeded him, [6] rendering the office vacant for the remainder of the term.
  11. ^ Represented the Democratic Party.
  12. ^ Bentley resigned [12] and Ivey succeeded him, rendering the office vacant for the remainder of the term.
  13. ^ The current vacancy will expire on January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ Lieutenant Governor-elect Ainsworth's first term begins on January 14, 2019, and expires on January 16, 2023.

References

General
  • "Alabama Lieutenant Governors". Alabama Department of Archives & History. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
Constitutions
Specific
  1. ^ 1868 Const. art. V, § 1
  2. ^ 1875 Const. art. V, § 1
  3. ^ AL Const. art. V, § 112
  4. ^ AL Const. art. V, § 127
  5. ^ 1819 Const. art. IV, § 18; 1861 Const. art. IV, § 18; 1865 Const. art V, § 19; 1868 Const. art. V, § 15; 1875 Const. art. V § 15
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Alabama Governors". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "Andrew J. Applegate". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Russell Cunningham". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Thomas E. Knight, Jr". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Owen, Thomas McAdory (1979). Alabama Official and Statistical Register. Alabama Department of Archives and History. p. 17. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  11. ^ Nossiter, Adam (12 June 1997). "Ex-Gov. Hunt of Alabama Cleared by Pardon Board". The New York Times. p. 18. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  12. ^ Blinder, Alan (10 April 2017). "Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Scandal". The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017.