Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
|Iowa Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$2,288,025|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Iowa Constitution, Article IV, Section II|
|Assumed office:||January 14, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Iowa Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Secretary of Agriculture • Director of Education • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Utilities Board|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article IV, Section II:
The governor and the lieutenant governor shall be elected by the qualified electors at the time and place of voting for members of the general assembly...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for lieutenant governor is required to be:
- at least 30 years old by the time of election
- a United States citizen
- a resident of Iowa for at least two years before the election
Additionally, under Article IV, Section 15, no lieutenant governor may hold any other federal or state office while serving.
Iowa elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Iowa, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 18, 2011, and January 13, 2015, were inaugural days.
If two candidates are tied, the Iowa Legislature casts ballots to choose the winner.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 2014|
|Republican||Terry Branstad/Kim Reynolds Incumbent||59%||666,023|
|Democratic||Jack Hatch/Monica Vernon||37.3%||420,778|
|Libertarian||Lee Hieb/Tim Watson||1.8%||20,319|
|New Independent Party||Jim Hennager/Mary Krieg||0.9%||10,582|
|Iowa Party||Jonathan Narcisse/Michael Richards||0.9%||10,239|
|Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.|
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Section 19.
In the event of a vacancy in the lieutenant governorship, power devolves first to the president pro tem of the Iowa State Senate and then to the Iowa House of Representatives. If those offices are also vacant, or if the officers are unable or unwilling to succeed, the Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court convene the legislature in order for the latter to vote on a new president pro tem.
The lieutenant governor stands ready to succeed the governor in case of death, impeachment, resignation, removal from office or other disability. The lieutenant governor's duties are assigned by the governor.
He has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign.
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- See also: Iowa state budget and finances
The combined governor and lieutenant governor budget for 2012 was $2,288,025.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers and Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries
| Text of Section 15:
The official terms of the governor and lieutenant governor shall commence on the Tuesday after the second Monday of January next after their election and shall continue until their successors are elected and qualify. The governor and lieutenant governor shall be paid compensation and expenses as provided by law. The lieutenant governor, while acting as governor, shall be paid the compensation and expenses prescribed for the governor.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $103,212 a year, the 18th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
There have been 46 Lieutenant Governors of Iowa since 1858. Of the 46 officeholders, 38 were Republican and eight were Democrat.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1858-Present|
|2||Nicholas J. Rusch||1860-1862||Republican|
|3||John R. Needham||1862-1864||Republican|
|4||Enoch W. Eastman||1864-1866||Republican|
|5||Benjamin F. Gue||1866-1868||Republican|
|7||Madison M. Walden||1870-1871||Republican|
|8||Henry C. Bulis||1871-1874||Republican|
|10||Joshua G. Newbold||1876-1877||Republican|
|11||Frank T. Campbell||1878-1882||Republican|
|12||Orlando H. Manning||1882-1885||Republican|
|13||John A. T. Hull||1886-1890||Republican|
|14||Alfred N. Poyneer||1890-1892||Republican|
|15||Samuel L. Bestow||1892-1894||Republican|
|16||Warren S. Dungan||1894-1896||Republican|
|18||James C. Milliman||1898-1902||Republican|
|21||George W. Clarke||1909-1913||Republican|
|22||William L. Harding||1913-1917||Republican|
|23||Ernest R. Moore||1917-1921||Republican|
|25||Clem C. Kimball||1925-1928||Republican|
|26||Arch W. McFarlane||1928-1933||Republican|
|27||Nelson G. Kraschel||1933-1937||Democratic|
|28||John K. Valentine||1937-1939||Democratic|
|29||Bourke B. Hickenlooper||1939-1943||Republican|
|30||Robert D. Blue||1943-1945||Republican|
|31||Kenneth A. Evans||1945-1951||Republican|
|32||William H. Nicholas||1951-1953||Republican|
|34||William H. Nicholas||1957-1959||Republican|
|35||Edward J. McManus||1959-1961||Democratic|
|36||W. L. Mooty||1961-1965||Republican|
|37||Robert D. Fulton||1965-1968||Democratic|
|38||Roger W. Jepsen||1969-1972||Republican|
|39||Arthur A. Neu||1973-1978||Republican|
|40||Terry E. Branstad||1979-1983||Republican|
|41||Robert T. Anderson||1983-1987||Democratic|
|42||Jo Ann Zimmerman||1987-1991||Democratic|
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Office of The Governor and Lt. Governor
Des Moines, IA 50319
- Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor
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- Office of the Iowa Lieutenant Governor, " About the Lieutenant Governor," Accessed April 9, 2013
- DesMoinesRegister.com, Kim Reynolds resigns from the senate, 11/12/2010
- Iowa Budget Report, "Fiscal Years 2014-2015," 315-316
- The Iowa Legislature, "Chapter 1219," accessed February 24, 2015
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- Iowa Official Register 1999-2000, "Lieutenant Governors," 257, accessed August 16, 2013