Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
|Indiana Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$2,579,561|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Indiana Constitution, Article 5, the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||January 14, 2013|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Indiana Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditors: Auditor • Examiner • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Agriculture Director • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Utility Regulatory Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article 5, Section 2:
There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall hold his office during four years.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
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 elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Indiana 2016, 2020, 2024 and 2028 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.
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|
|Democratic||John Gregg / Vi Simpson||46.6%||1,200,016|
|Republican||Mike Pence / Sue Ellspermann||49.5%||1,275,424|
|Libertarian||Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein||4%||101,868|
|Independent||Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish||0%||21|
|Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.|
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 state legislature 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 state legislature 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:
- Community and Rural Affairs
- Housing and Community Development
- See also: Indiana state budget and finances
The budget for the office of the lieutenant governor is $2,579,561 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
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.
| 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.
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.
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, one Jacksonian and one Independent.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1816-Present|
|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Christopher Harrison||November 7, 1816||December 17, 1818||Democratic-Republican|
|Vacant||December 18, 1818||December 8, 1819||NA|
|2||Ratliff Boon||December 8, 1819||September 12, 1822||Jeffersonian Republican|
|Vacant||September 12, 1822||December 4, 1822||NA|
|3||Ratliff Boon||December 4, 1822||January 30, 1824||Jeffersonian Republican|
|Vacant||January 31, 1824||December 7, 1825||NA|
|4||John H. Thompson||December 7, 1825||December 3, 1828||Jacksonian|
|5||Milton Stapp||December 3, 1828||December 7, 1831||Independent|
|6||David Wallace||December 7, 1831||December 6, 1837||Whig|
|7||David Hillis||December 6, 1837||December 9, 1840||Whig|
|8||Samuel Hall||December 9, 1840||December 6, 1843||Whig|
|9||Jesse D. Bright||December 6, 1843||December 6, 1845||Democratic|
|Vacant||December 6, 1845||December 9, 1846||NA|
|10||Paris C. Dunning||December 9, 1846||December 26, 1848||Democratic|
|Vacant||December 29, 1848||December 4, 1849||NA|
|11||James H. Lane||December 5, 1849||January 10, 1853||Democratic|
|12||Ashbel P. Willard||January 10, 1853||January 12, 1857||Democratic|
|13||Abram A. Hammond||January 12, 1857||October 3, 1860||Democratic|
|14||Oliver P. Morton||January 14, 1861||January 16, 1861||Republican|
|Vacant||January 16, 1861||January 8, 1865||NA|
|15||Conrad Baker||January 9, 1865||January 23, 1867||Republican|
|Vacant||January 24, 1867||January 10, 1869||NA|
|16||Will Cumback||January 11, 1869||January 13, 1873||Republican|
|17||Leonidas Sexton||January 13, 1873||January 13, 1877||Republican|
|18||Isaac P. Gray||January 13, 1877||November 2, 1880||Democratic|
|Vacant||November 3, 1880||January 9, 1881||NA|
|19||Thomas Hanna||January 10, 1881||January 12, 1885||Republican|
|20||Mahlon D. Manson||January 12, 1885||August 3, 1886||Democratic|
|Vacant||August 4, 1886||January 9, 1887||NA|
|21||Robert S. Robertson||January 10, 1887||January 13, 1889||Republican|
|22||Ira J. Chase||January 14, 1889||November 24, 1891||Republican|
|Vacant||November 25, 1891||January 8, 1893||NA|
|23||Mortimer Nye||January 9, 1893||January 11, 1897||Democratic|
|24||William S. Haggard||January 11, 1897||January 14, 1901||Republican|
|25||Newton W. Gilbert||January 14, 1901||January 9, 1905||Republican|
|26||Hugh Thomas Miller||January 9, 1905||January 11, 1909||Republican|
|27||Frank J. Hall||January 11, 1909||January 13, 1913||Democratic|
|28||William P. O'Neill||January 13, 1913||January 8, 1917||Democratic|
|29||Edgar D. Bush||January 8, 1917||January 10, 1921||Republican|
|30||Emmett F. Branch||January 10, 1921||April 30, 1924||Republican|
|Vacant||May 1, 1924||January 11, 1925||NA|
|31||F. Harold Van Orman||January 12, 1925||January 14, 1929||Republican|
|32||Edgar D. Bush||January 14, 1929||January 9, 1933||Republican|
|33||M. Clifford Townsend||January 9, 1933||January 11, 1937||Democratic|
|34||Henry F. Schricker||January 11, 1937||January 13, 1941||Democratic|
|35||Charles M. Dawson||January 13, 1941||January 8, 1945||Republican|
|36||Richard T. James||January 8, 1945||January 10, 1949||Republican|
|Vacant||April 2, 1948||April 13, 1948||NA|
|37||Rue J. Alexander||April 14, 1948||January 2, 1949||Republican|
|38||John A. Watkins||January 10, 1949||January 12, 1953||Democratic|
|39||Harold W. Handley||January 12, 1953||January 14, 1957||Republican|
|40||Crawford F. Parker||January 14, 1957||January 9, 1961||Republican|
|41||Richard O. Ristine||January 9, 1961||January 11, 1965||Republican|
|42||Robert L. Rock||January 11, 1965||January 13, 1969||Democratic|
|43||Richard E. Folz||January 13, 1969||January 8, 1973||Republican|
|44||Robert D. Orr||January 8, 1973||January 12, 1981||Republican|
|45||John M. Mutz||January 12, 1981||January 9, 1989||Republican|
|46||Frank O'Bannon||January 9, 1989||January 13, 1997||Democratic|
|47||Joseph E. Kernan||January 13, 1997||September 12, 2003||Democratic|
|Vacant||September 13, 2003||October 20, 2003||NA|
|48||Katherine "Kathy" Davis||October 20, 2003||January 9, 2005||Democratic|
|49||Becky Skillman||January 10, 2005||January 14, 2013||Republican|
|50||Sue Ellspermann||January 14, 2013||Present||Republican|
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Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
- Indiana Lt. Governor, "About" accessed January 17, 2012
- Indiana Elections Division, "2008 general election results," accessed July 10, 2014
- Indiana Lieutenant Governor, "Homepage," accessed November 26, 2011
- 2013 - 2015 As-Passed Budget, "C--Operating," I-6," accessed June26, 2013
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