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Indiana Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $2,579,561
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Indiana Constitution, Article 5, the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Sue Ellspermann.jpg
Name:  Sue Ellspermann
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 14, 2013
Compensation:  $88,543
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Indiana is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Indiana. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 50th and current lieutenant governor is Sue Ellspermann, a Republican elected in 2012.[1]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article 5, the Executive Department.

Under Article 5, Section 2:

There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall hold his office during four years.


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Qualifications for the lieutenant governorship are set forth in Article 5, Section 7.

To become lieutenant lieutenant governor of Indiana, a candidate must have been a United States citizen and lived within Indiana for the period of five consecutive years before the election. The candidate must also be at least 30 years old when sworn into office. Under Section 8, the governor may not hold any other state or federal office during his term, and must resign from any such position before being eligible to be sworn in as lieutenant governor.

Before taking the office, the candidate must swear an oath of office administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana, promising to uphold the constitution and laws of Indiana.


Indiana state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Indiana elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Indiana 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 8, 2013, and January 9, 2017, are inaugural days (§ 9).

If two candidates are tied, a joint session of the General Assembly shall cast ballots to determine the winner, pursuant to Article 5, Section 5.


See also: Indiana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Incumbent Becky Skillman (R) did not seek re-election. Sue Ellspermann (R), running on a ticket with Mike Pence, defeated Vi Simpson (D), Brad Klopfenstein (L) and George Fish (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 46.6% 1,200,016
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 49.5% 1,275,424
     Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 4% 101,868
     Independent Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 0% 21
Total Votes 2,577,329
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.


On November 4, 2008, incumbent Becky Skillman (R), running on a ticket with Mitch Daniels, defeated Dennie Oxley (D) and Lisa Kelly (L).[2]

Governor/Lt. Governor of Indiana, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Daniels/Becky Skillman Incumbent 57.8% 1,563,885
     Democratic Jill Thompson/Dennie Oxley 40% 1,082,463
     Libertarian Andy Horning/Lisa Kelly 2.1% 57,376
     Independent Christopher Stried 0% 19
     Independent Timothy Lee Fry 0% 9
Total Votes 2,703,752


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article 5, Section 10.

If there is a vacancy in the lieutenant governor's office, then the Governor nominates a new Lieutenant Governor, subject to a simple majority confirmation vote in each legislative chamber. Once confirmed, the appointee serves the unexpired portion of the elected term. If the General Assembly is in recess, the Governor may call it into special session.

If the Lieutenant Governor is not absent but is unable or unwilling to discharge the office, the Constitution allows the legislature to set out the means for filling the vacancy.

If the Governor and Lieutenant Governor both vacate their offices, the General Assembly must meet within 48 hours and elect an Acting Governor, who must belong to the same party as the elected Governor, by a simple majority in each chamber. Until then, the Acting Governor and Acting Lieutenant Governor shall be, in order of succession:

  • the President Pro Tem of the Senate
  • the Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • the State Treasurer
  • the State Auditor
  • the Secretary of State
  • the State Superintendent of Public Instruction



The lieutenant governor also serves as president of the Indiana State Senate. Like the governor the lieutenant governor must uphold the state constitution and laws of Indiana. The lieutenant governor of Indiana serves as acting-governor when the governor becomes incapacitated or, in the state's early history, when the governor was away from the capitol.

She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


The following five agencies fall under the office of Indiana Lieutenant Governor:[3]

  • Agriculture
  • Community and Rural Affairs
  • Energy
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Tourism

State budget

See also: Indiana state budget and finances

The Governor's Office budget was $2,579,561 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.[4]


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

The salary of the lieutenant governor is determined by the Indiana State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article 5, Section 23 of the Indiana Constitution ties the lieutenant governor's salary to the salary of the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives due to the officeholder's role as President of the Senate.

Article 5, Section 23 of the Indiana Constitution

Text of Section 23:

Compensation of Lieutenant Governor

The Lieutenant Governor, while he shall act as President of the Senate, shall receive, for his services, the same compensation as the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and any person, acting as Governor, shall receive the compensation attached to the office of Governor.[5]

In 2007, the Indiana Senate passed SB 401, which tied annual salary increases to increases received by state employees. State executive officials are not eligible for salary increases if state employees do not receive increases to their salaries.[6]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $88,543, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $85,881, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $84,031, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Since 1816, Indiana has had 50 Lieutenant Governors. Of those 50 officeholders, 25 have been Republicans, 17 Democrats, three Whigs, two Jeffersonian Republicans, one Democratic-Republican and one Independent.[9]

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Contact information

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797

See also

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.