Lieutenant Governor of Alaska

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Alaska Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $1,182,600
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 7
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Byron Mallott.jpg
Name:  Byron Mallott
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  December 1, 2014
Compensation:  $115,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alaska is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Alaska. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. The same individual may not be elected lieutenant governor again until one complete four-year term has passed.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 14th and current lieutenant governor is Byron Mallott, a Democrat who won election in 2014 as part of a unity ticket with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker. He succeeded Mead Treadwell, who did not seek re-election in 2014. Mallott was sworn into office on December 1, 2014.[1]


The Constitution of Alaska addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article III, the Executive.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 7

There shall be a lieutenant governor. He shall have the same qualifications as the governor and serve for the same term...


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Per Article III, Section 7 of the Alaska Constitution, the lieutenant governor must meet the same qualifications as the governor. This means he may not hold any federal office or any state office in Alaska concurrently with his lieutenant gubernatorial term. Per Article III, Section 2, the lieutenant governor must be at least 30 years old, a qualified voter in Alaska, and have been both an American citizen and a resident of Alaska for a minimum of seven years on election day.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 7

There shall be a lieutenant governor. He shall have the same qualifications as the governor and serve for the same term. He shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by law and as may be delegated to him by the governor.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 2

The governor shall be at least thirty years of age and a qualified voter of the State. He shall have been a resident of Alaska at least seven years immediately preceding his filing for office, and he shall have been a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.

Alaska Constitution, Article III, Section 6

The governor shall not hold any other office or position of profit under the United States, the State, or its political subdivisions.


See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Alaska elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Alaska, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for noon on the first Monday in December following the election.

Term limits

Lieutenant governors of Alaska may only hold two successive terms and must be out of office for another full term before being able to run again.


See also: Alaska lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngBill Walker/Byron Mallott 48.1% 134,658
     Republican Sean Parnell/Dan Sullivan Incumbent 45.9% 128,435
     Libertarian Carolyn "Care" Clift/Andrew C. Lee 3.2% 8,985
     Constitution J.R. Myers/Maria Rensel 2.5% 6,987
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 893
Total Votes 279,958
Election Results via Alaska Division of Elections.

Full history


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article III, Sections 13.

The Alaska Constitution forbids electing a lieutenant governor separately from a governor. Aside from that point, it is left to statute to lay out the line of succession.


Click here to view larger-scale image of the Alaska Lt. Governor's Office organizational chart as of May 21, 2013.

The lieutenant governor has jurisdiction over state election laws, ensuring uniform implementation throughout the state. This includes local and regional elections in the unorganized borough. The lieutenant governor also qualifies statewide and state district candidates and ballot initiatives, and publishes the official state voter-information pamphlet. He is also responsible for registration record of 400,000 Alaskans.

Other duties include:

  • Oversight of the Division of Elections
  • Oversight, review and filing of Administrative Regulations
  • Commissioning and Oversight of Alaska's Notaries Public
  • Oversight of the use of the State of Alaska Seal, Publishing and distribution of the Alaska Constitution

The initiative process


Any member of the public may propose a ballot issue in Alaska. There are certain steps that must be followed in order to get the issue on the ballot, and these steps are regulated by the lieutenant governor. The process that a citizen must follow is examined in detail here: Alaska Initiative Law.

All proposals of ballot measures are submitted to the lieutenant governor. This includes the proposed text of the ballot issue, the names and identification information of the three prime sponsors, the names and identification information of an additional 100 sponsors and the proposed bill. The lieutenant governor then forwards the proposal to the Alaska Legislative Services Division. The Alaska Department of Law submits an opinion on the contest of the ballot and the lieutenant governor will certify the bill and submit an advised course of action for the bill.

If the ballot is accepted, the Alaska Division of Elections will print 500 petition booklets and distribute these booklets to the sponsors of the ballot. This is when additional circulators may be approved by the lieutenant governor for the ballot drive. The sponsors must file with the lieutenant governor within one year of receiving approval of the state and when filed the lieutenant governor must review the petition within 60 days.

The citizen initiative is an important part of Alaska's political system. It allows Alaskans to write and approve certain laws directly, without going through the legislative process.

However, it is important to understand the constitutional and statutory limits placed on initiatives:


The Alaska Constitution cannot be altered or amended by initiative. Article XIII states the constitution may be amended only by the Alaska Legislature or through a constitutional convention.

Only certain types of laws can be passed by initiative. According to the Alaska Constitution, Article XI, Section 7, Initiatives cannot:

  • Dedicate revenues;
  • Make or repeal appropriations;
  • Create courts;
  • Define the jurisdiction of courts or prescribe their rules;
  • Enact local or special legislation.

The lieutenant governor forwards all initiative applications to the division of elections and to the department of law for a reviews of their form and subject. An application in proper form is one that meets all of the technical requirements of the law, which include:

The names, mailing addresses, numerical identifiers and signatures of three prime sponsors with a statement that they are the initiative committee representing all sponsors of the initiative.

  • The printed name, signature, address and a numerical identifier of not fewer than 100 sponsors. A voter's numerical identifier is one of the following: date of birth, last four digits of social security number, driver's license number, Alaska identification card number or voter identification card number. Prime and other sponsors must be qualified Alaska voters.


Division of Elections

The Alaska Division of Elections oversees voter registration, absentee voting and candidate filing. Additionally, they provide information to voters about election results, elected officials and other election related materials.

Notary Public Office

The Alaska Notary Public Office oversees the all notary public applications and complaints against notaries public.

State budget

See also: Alaska state budget and finances

The budget for the lieutenant governor's office in Fiscal Year 2014 was $1,182,600.[2]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The lieutenant governor's salary is determined by the Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission, a four-member board created by the Alaska State Legislature in 2008. This commission meets on a regular basis to evaluate salaries for the governor, lieutenant governor and other state executive officers. State law does not require legislative approval of the salaries, but legislators can vote to prevent salary changes as a veto on the commission's work.[3]

The Alaska Constitution only provides for the compensation of the governor and lieutenant governor by law. Chapter 2, Section 15 of the state constitution prevents changes in salary from taking effect until the next term for the affected office or offices.[4]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $115,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $115,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


The position did not exist prior to statehood of Alaska, though the territorial-era Secretary of Alaska was somewhat analogous. Prior to August 25, 1970, the position was referred to as secretary of state, but was functionally identical.

Historical officeholders

There have been 14 Lieutenant Governors of Alaska since 1959. Of the 13 officeholders, eight were Republican, four were Democrat, one was independent and one was Alaskan Independence.[6][7][8][9][10]

List of Former Officeholders from 1959-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 Hugh J. Wade* 1959-1966 Electiondot.png Democratic
2 Keith Miller* 1966-1969 Ends.png Republican
3 Robert W. Ward* 1969-1970 Ends.png Republican
4 Henry Aristide "Red" Boucher 1970-1974 Electiondot.png Democratic
5 Lowell Thomas, Jr. 1974-1978 Ends.png Republican
6 Terry Miller 1978-1982 Ends.png Republican
7 Stephen McAlpine 1982-1990 Electiondot.png Democratic
8 Jack Coghill 1990-1994 Limeslashed.png Alaskan Independence
9 Fran Ulmer 1994-2002 Electiondot.png Democratic
10 Loren Leman 2002-2006 Ends.png Republican
11 Sean Parnell 2006-2009 Ends.png Republican
12 Craig E. Campbell 2009-2010 Ends.png Republican
13 Mead Treadwell 2010-2014 Ends.png Republican
14 Byron Mallott 2014-present Electiondot.png Democratic
Note *The office was called Alaska Secretary of State at this time. See History for more details.

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Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
PO Box 110015
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-3520

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