Lieutenant Governor of Indiana

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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
Structure
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
Elections
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]

Authority

The Indiana 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.

Qualifications

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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.

Elections

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 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.

2012

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.


2008

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

Vacancies

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

Duties

Indiana

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.

Divisions

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 budget for the office of the lieutenant governor is $2,579,561 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.[4]

Compensation

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]

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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, one Jacksonian and one Independent.[9]

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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Contact information

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Statehouse
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
Phone:317-232-4545

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