The lieutenant governor is the second highest ranking government official in 45 of the 50 U.S. States and four territories. It is first in the line of succession in case of a vacancy in the office of governor, while in the remaining states another office hold that status. Currently, 25 states elect a lieutenant governor on a ticket with the governor, while 18 states elect a lieutenant governor separately. In West Virginia, the President of the Senate, as elected by the State Senators, serves as the state's lieutenant governor. In Tennessee, the State Senators elect a Speaker of the Senate, who in turn serves as lieutenant governor. Five states do not have a lieutenant governor. In the 50 states, five territories and District of Columbia, there are currently 38 Republicans, 15 Democrats, two members of third parties ( Vermont Progressive Party and New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico) and one Independent serving as lieutenant governor or serving as the first in the line of succession.
- 1 List of lieutenant governors by state
- 2 List of lieutenant governors by territory
- 3 States which do not have lieutenant governors or their office is vacant
- 4 Territories which do not have lieutenant governors
- 5 States and territories with differing party membership at the executive level
- 6 List of lieutenant governors-elect
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
In the table below, "term ends" indicates the year the current lieutenant governor will leave office, or the year of the next election, whichever is first; a notation ( term limits) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor is ineligible to seek re-election in that year. A notation of (Retiring) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor is leaving office that year, having not sought re-election. A notation of (Defeated) indicates that the current lieutenant governor was defeated for re-election.
|Territory||Picture||Lieutenant governor||Party||Took office||Seat up||Chosen by |
|Lemanu Peleti Mauga||Democratic||January 3, 2013||2021||Same ticket|
|Ray Tenorio||Republican||January 3, 2011||2019||Same ticket|
Northern Mariana Islands
|Victor Hocog||Republican||December 29, 2015||2019||Same ticket|
United States Virgin Islands
|Osbert Potter||Independent||January 5, 2015||2019||Same ticket|
In Iowa, Adam Gregg currently serves as an acting lieutenant governor, meaning he is not in the line of succession. In Alabama, the office is currently vacant and the President pro tempore of the Senate is next in the line of succession.
|Del Marsh||Republican||April 10, 2017||President pro tempore of the Senate|
|Michele Reagan||Republican||January 5, 2015||Secretary of State|
|Charles Schneider||Republican||March 14, 2018||President of the Senate|
|Troy Jackson||Democratic||December 5, 2018||President of the Senate|
|Donna Soucy||Democratic||December 5, 2018||President of the Senate|
||Republican||January 2, 2017||Secretary of State|
|Edward Buchanan||Republican||March 1, 2018||Secretary of State|
One territory, Puerto Rico, places the Secretary of State next in line for the governorship. In the District of Columbia, the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia is first in line of succession in the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor of the District of Columbia.
District of Columbia
|Phil Mendelson ||Democratic||June 13, 2012||Chairman of the Council|
|Luis Rivera Marín||New Progressive||January 2, 2017||Secretary of State|
In most states or territories, the governor and lieutenant governor are members of the same political party. As with the Vice President of the United States, many states' lieutenant governors are elected on the same ticket as the governor; many others are elected on their own. The following states are those in which the designated successor to the governorship is of a different political party.
- Will Ainsworth (R) - Alabama
- Eleni Kounalakis (D) - California
- Dianne Primavera (D) - Colorado
- Susan Bysiewicz (D) - Connecticut
- Jeanette Núñez (R) - Florida
- Geoff Duncan (R) - Georgia
- Janice McGeachin (R) - Idaho
- Juliana Stratton (D) - Illinois
- Lynn Rogers (D) - Kansas
- Garlin Gilchrist (D) - Michigan
- Peggy Flanagan (D) - Minnesota
- Kate Marshall (D) - Nevada
- Howie Morales (D) - New Mexico
- Jon A. Husted (R) - Ohio
- Matt Pinnell (R) - Oklahoma
- John Fetterman (D) - Pennsylvania
- Pamela Evette (R) - South Carolina
- Larry Rhoden (R) - South Dakota
- Mandela Barnes (D) - Wisconsin
- Josh Tenorio (D) - Guam
- Arnold Palacios (R) - Northern Mariana Islands
- Tregenza Roach (D) - United States Virgin Islands
- List of current United States first spouses
- List of current United States governors
- List of current United States lieutenant governors by age
- List of female lieutenant governors in the United States
- List of minority governors and lieutenant governors in the United States
- "Executive Branch of the Several States". Thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- Chin succeeded to the office after the resignation of Shan Tsutsui.
- Little was appointed by Governor Butch Otter, sworn into the office on January 6, 2009 and later approved by the Idaho Senate on January 12, upon the resignation of Jim Risch. He was subsequently elected to a full term in 2010.
- NY lieutenant gubernatorial terms begin at mid-night New Year's Day
- The Tennessee Senate elects their Speaker who serves as Lieutenant Governor. The full title of the office is Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate.
- West Virginia Code 6A-1-4(b), as enacted in 2000, entitles the president of the West Virginia Senate to use the title lieutenant governor
- Mendelson was initially appointed Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia after the position was vacated on June 6, 2012, due to the resignation of Kwame R. Brown. Brown had been charged in federal court with bank fraud and, after his resignation, was further charged in D.C. Superior Court with making an unlawful cash campaign expenditure. Mendelson was subsequently elected to complete Brown's term on November 6, 2013.