Lieutenant Governor of California

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California Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $1,011,000
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  California Constitution, Article 5, Section 9
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Gavin Newsom.jpg
Name:  Gavin Newsom
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $130,490
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of California is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the firstperson in line to succeed the Governor of California. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years and is limited to two terms.

Current officeholder

The 49th and current lieutenant governor is Gavin Newsom, a Democrat elected in 2010. He assumed office on January 10, 2011, electing not to be sworn in on January 3 along with California's other state executive officers.[1] He was re-elected to a second four-year term on November 4, 2014.

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Newsom served from 2004 to 2010 as mayor of San Francisco. He was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1998 to 2004 and sat on the city's parking and traffic commission from 1996 to 1998. Before beginning his political career, he ran PlumbJack, a wine shop that grew into a network of 15 businesses.[2]


The California Constitution is established by Article V, the Executive.[3]

California Constitution, Article 5, Section 9

The Lieutenant Governor shall have the same qualifications as the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor is President of the Senate but has only a casting vote.


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The lieutenant governor must fulfill the same qualifications as the governor and may not hold any other public offices, engage in any lobbying or accept any honorariums. He or she must be a registered voter in California, a resident of the state for at least five years on election day and an American citizens for at least five years.

California Constitution, Article 5, Section 9

The Lieutenant Governor shall have the same qualifications as the Governor.


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

California elects lieutenant governors on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in federal midterm election years, e.g. 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.[4] Like all constitutional state officers, the lieutenant governor assumes office on the first Monday in the new year following the election.

California Constitution, Article 5, Section 11

The Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Controller, Secretary of State, and Treasurer shall be elected at the same time and places and for the same term as the Governor. No Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Controller, Secretary of State, or Treasurer may serve in the same office for more than 2 terms.


See also: California Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
Lieutenant Governor of California, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGavin Newsom Incumbent 57.2% 4,107,051
     Republican Ron Nehring 42.8% 3,078,039
Total Votes 7,185,090
Election Results via California Secretary of State.

Term limits

Per Article 5, Section 11 of the state constitution, lieutenant governors, like all state constitutional officers, face an absolute limit of two terms in office.


The vacancy procedure for the office of lieutenant governor is determined by state statute rather than by the state constitution. When a vacancy occurs, the governor nominates a replacement to serve the remainder of the term under the next election. The appointee must be confirmed by a majority of both house of the California Legislature. Until the replacement is approved, the former officeholder's chief deputy exercises the office.[5]



In addition to basically ceremonial roles, serving as acting governor in the absence of the governor, and as President of the California State Senate, the lieutenant governor either sits on, or appoints representatives to, many of California's regulatory commissions and executive agencies. A failed 1982 ballot initiative would have stripped the lieutenant governor of his or her position heading the Senate.

The lieutenant governor sits on the University of California Board of Regents, California State University Board of Trustees, California Ocean Protection Council, the California Emergency Council and the California State Lands Commission.[6] The lieutenant governor serves alternate years as chairperson of the state lands commission, during which he is also a member of the state coastal commission.

The lieutenant governor chairs the commission for economic development, which is responsible for fostering economic growth in California by developing and implementing strategies for attracting new business to the state, increasing state exports, creating new jobs and stimulating industries statewide.[7]

Many California projects created through gubernatorial executive orders, or through the initiative process, include a role for the lieutenant governor. For example, the lieutenant governor serves on the California Agriculture-Water Transition Task Force (created by former Governor Gray Davis), and five of the 29 members of the oversight committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine are appointed by the lieutenant governor.

The lieutenant governor has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign.


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State budget

See also: California state budget and finances

The budget for the California Lieutenant Governor's Office in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $1,011,000.[8]


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

The salaries of California's elected executives are determined by the California Citizens Compensation Commission, a seven-member board appointed by the governor to six-year terms. The commission was established after voters passed Proposition 112, an amendment to the California Constitution, in 1990. Commissioners meet prior to June 30 of each year to determine salary recommendations with changes effective the following December. From 2001 to 2013, the commission voted to increase salaries or benefits five times and decreased or made no changes to salaries eight times.[9]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $130,490, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $130,490. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[11]


In 2010, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $130,490.[12]

Historical officeholders

List of Former Officeholders from 1849-Present[13]
# Name Tenure Party
1 John McDougal 1849-1851 Electiondot.png Democratic Independent
2 David C. Broderick 1851-1852 Electiondot.png Democratic
3 Samuel Purdy 1852-1856 Electiondot.png Democratic
4 Robert M. Anderson 1856-1858 Yellowslashed.png American Independent Party
5 John Walkup 1858-1860 Electiondot.png Democratic
6 John G Downey 1860-1860 Electiondot.png Democratic Leocompton
7 Isaac N. Quinn 1860-1861 Electiondot.png Democratic
8 Pablo de la Guerra 1861-1862 Electiondot.png Democratic
9 John F. Chellis 1862-1863 Ends.png Republican
10 T. N. Machin 1863-1867 Ends.png Republican Unionist
11 William Holden 1867-1871 Electiondot.png Democratic
12 Romualdo Pacheco 1871-1875 Ends.png Republican
13 William Irwin 1875-1875 Electiondot.png Democratic
14 James A Johnson 1875-1880 Electiondot.png Democratic
15 John Mansfield 1880-1883 Ends.png Republican
16 John Daggett 1883-1887 Electiondot.png Democratic
17 Robert W Waterman 1887-1887 Ends.png Republican
18 Stephen M White 1887-1891 Electiondot.png Democratic
19 John B. Reddick 1891-1895 Ends.png Republican
20 Spencer G. Millard 1895-1895 Ends.png Republican
21 William T. Jeter 1895-1899 Electiondot.png Democratic
22 Jacob H. Neff 1899-1903 Ends.png Republican
23 Alden Anderson 1903-1907 Ends.png Republican
24 Warren R. Porter 1907-1911 Ends.png Republican
25 A.J. Wallace 1911-1915 Ends.png Republican
26 John M. Eshleman 1915-1916 Darkblue.png Progressive Democratic Party
27 William D. Stephens 1916-1919 Ends.png Republican
28 C. C. Young 1919-1927 Ends.png Republican
29 Buron Fitts 1927-1928 Ends.png Republican
30 H.L. Carnahan 1928-1931 Ends.png Republican
31 Frank F. Merriam 1931-1935 Ends.png Republican
32 George J. Hatfield 1935-1939 Ends.png Republican
33 Ellis E. Patterson 1939-1943 Electiondot.png Democratic
34 Frederick Houser 1943-1947 Ends.png Republican
35 Goodwin J. Knight 1947-1953 Ends.png Republican
36 Harold J Powers 1953-1959 Ends.png Republican
37 Glenn M. Anderson 1959-1967 Electiondot.png Democratic
38 Robert H. Finch 1967-1969 Ends.png Republican
39 Ed Reinecke 1969-1974 Ends.png Republican
40 John L. Harmer 1974-1975 Ends.png Republican
41 Mervyn M. Dymally 1975-1979 Electiondot.png Democratic
42 Mike Curb 1979-1983 Ends.png Republican
43 Leo T. McCarthy 1983-1995 Electiondot.png Democratic
44 Gray Davis 1995-1999 Electiondot.png Democratic
45 Cruz Bustamante 1999-2007 Electiondot.png Democratic
46 John Garamendi 2007-2009 Electiondot.png Democratic
47 Mona Pasquil 2009-2010 Electiondot.png Democratic
48 Abel Maldonado 2010-2011 Ends.png Republican
49 Gavin Newsom 2011-Present Electiondot.png Democratic

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Contact information

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 1114
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-8994
Fax: 916-323-4998

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