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Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas

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Arkansas Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $357,768
Term limits:  2 terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Arkansas Constitution, Article 6, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder
Name:  Office currently vacant
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Compensation:  $42,219
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Arkansas is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Arkansas. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

Current officeholder

The office has been vacant since February 1, 2014, when former Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr's January 2014 resignation went into effect. A Republican first elected in November 2010, Darr took office in January 2011 for a four-year term expiring in January 2015. He was compelled to leave office one year earlier than scheduled, however, in as a result of a January 2014 settlement with the state ethics commission for misuse of campaign funds. The ethics violations elicited calls from officials such as Gov. Mike Beebe for Darr to step down, as well as impeachment threats from state legislators. Darr addressed his resignation explicitly "to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official," on January 10.[1][2][3]

The office will remain vacant until Darr's successor can be elected and sworn in next January.[4]

At the time of Darr's departure, state law still required Gov. Beebe to call a special election to fill the vacancy within a 150 days window, but Beebe held off until he could ascertain the fate of an already-pending bill that would give the governor the option to leave the seat vacant, provided there are fewer than 11 months before the next regularly-scheduled election. "If they pass something like that, I can tell you right now I would not call a special election and would save the money," Beebe said in support of the proposal in late January. Shortly thereafter, the bill passed easily in both chambers of the state legislature, and Beebe signed it into law on February 28, 2014.[5][4]

Authority

The Constitution of Arkansas establishes the office of the lieutenant governor in Article VI, the Executive.

Arkansas Constitution, Article 6, Section 1:

The executive department of this State shall consist of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor...

Qualifications

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Per Amendment 6 to the Arkansas Constitution, the lieutenant governor must "possess the same qualifications of eligibility for the office as the Governor."[6] Under Article 6, Section 11 of the Constitution, the governor may not hold any federal office, any civil or military commission, any office in another state, or any other office in Arkansas concurrently with his gubernatorial term. Article 6, Section 5 requires the governor to be at least 30 years old, an American citizen, and a resident of Arkansas for at least seven years on election day.

Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 6, Section 5

The Lieutenant Governor shall possess the same qualifications of eligibility for the office as the Governor.

Constitution of Arkansas, Article 6, Section 11

No member of Congress, or other person holding office under the authority of this State, or of the United States, shall exercise the office of Governor, except as herein provided.

Constitution of Arkansas, Article 6, Section 5

No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor except a citizen of the United States, who shall have attained the age of thirty years, and shall have been seven years a resident of this State.

Elections

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

Arkansas elects its lieutenant governors during federal midterm election years (e.g. 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018). Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run on separate tickets, so it is possible for the two officeholders to be members of different parties. Winners assume office on the second Tuesday in January following the election. Thus, January 11, 2011 and January 13, 2015 are inaugural days. If two candidates are tied after the general election, then a joint session of the legislature will choose the winner by simple balloting when the General Assembly convenes.

Term limits

In 1998, Arkansans adopted Amendment 73 to the state constitution, which limited all executive department officers to two terms. Whereas some states allow previous officeholders to run again after spending one term out of office, Arkansas does not.[7]

Vacancies

If the lieutenant governor leaves office, is disabled, or ascends to the office of governor, a special election is held to choose a replacement; the new officeholder serves for a full term, not merely the unexpired term of his predecessor.

Duties

Arkansas

The primary responsibility of the lieutenant governor is to replace a governor who has died, become disabled, or is removed from office. He also serves as president of the Arkansas Senate, though he may cast a vote only in the case of a tie.[8]

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Arkansas Lieutenant Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $357,768.[9]

Compensation

See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $42,219 , the 39th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America. The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished during his term.

History

The position of lieutenant governor was established by a 1914 constitutional amendment, though the position was vacant until 1927 due to confusion over whether the amendment had actually been passed. The measure had received a narrow plurality of the votes, but not a majority, which was believed to be required for passage at the time. As a result, the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives ruled the amendment had been defeated. However, it was discovered in 1925 that the Initiative and Referendum amendment of 1910 changed the requirement for passage to a plurality. Consequently, the first election for lieutenant governor took place in 1926.

Historical officeholders

There have been 16 Arkansas Lieutenant Governors since 1927. Of the 16 officeholders, 4 were Republican and 12 were Democrat.[10]

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Contact information

Arkansas

Physical address:
Office of the Lt. Governor
State Capitol, Suite 270
Little Rock, AR 72201-1061

Phone: 501-682-2144
Fax: 501-682-2894

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