Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

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Iowa Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $2,288,025
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Iowa Constitution, Article IV, Section II
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Kim Reynolds
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 14, 2011
Compensation:  $103,212
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Iowa. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 47th and current lieutenant governor is Kim Reynolds, a Republican first elected in 2010.[2]


The Iowa Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

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...


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

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.


See also: Iowa Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerry 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
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,093
Total Votes 1,129,034
Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.


The lieutenant governor and the governor run together on the same ticket. Prior to the 1998 state election, the governor and the lieutenant governor ran separately.


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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State budget

See also: Iowa state budget and finances

The combined governor and lieutenant governor budget for 2012 was $2,288,025.[3]


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

The salaries of elected and appointed executives in Iowa are determined by the Iowa State Legislature.[4] Article IV, Section 15 of the Iowa Constitution states the following:

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.[5]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $103,212, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $103,212. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $103,212 a year, the 18th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

There have been 46 Lieutenant Governors of Iowa since 1858. Of the 46 officeholders, 38 were Republican and eight were Democrat.[8]

List of Former Officeholders from 1858-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 Oran Faville 1858-1860 Ends.png Republican
2 Nicholas J. Rusch 1860-1862 Ends.png Republican
3 John R. Needham 1862-1864 Ends.png Republican
4 Enoch W. Eastman 1864-1866 Ends.png Republican
5 Benjamin F. Gue 1866-1868 Ends.png Republican
6 John Scott 1868-1870 Ends.png Republican
7 Madison M. Walden 1870-1871 Ends.png Republican
8 Henry C. Bulis 1871-1874 Ends.png Republican
9 Joseph Dysart 1874-1876 Ends.png Republican
10 Joshua G. Newbold 1876-1877 Ends.png Republican
11 Frank T. Campbell 1878-1882 Ends.png Republican
12 Orlando H. Manning 1882-1885 Ends.png Republican
13 John A. T. Hull 1886-1890 Ends.png Republican
14 Alfred N. Poyneer 1890-1892 Ends.png Republican
15 Samuel L. Bestow 1892-1894 Ends.png Republican
16 Warren S. Dungan 1894-1896 Ends.png Republican
17 Matt Parrott 1896-1898 Ends.png Republican
18 James C. Milliman 1898-1902 Ends.png Republican
19 John Herriott 1902-1907 Ends.png Republican
20 Warren Garst 1907-1908 Ends.png Republican
21 George W. Clarke 1909-1913 Ends.png Republican
22 William L. Harding 1913-1917 Ends.png Republican
23 Ernest R. Moore 1917-1921 Ends.png Republican
24 John Hammill 1921-1925 Ends.png Republican
25 Clem C. Kimball 1925-1928 Ends.png Republican
26 Arch W. McFarlane 1928-1933 Ends.png Republican
27 Nelson G. Kraschel 1933-1937 Electiondot.png Democratic
28 John K. Valentine 1937-1939 Electiondot.png Democratic
29 Bourke B. Hickenlooper 1939-1943 Ends.png Republican
30 Robert D. Blue 1943-1945 Ends.png Republican
31 Kenneth A. Evans 1945-1951 Ends.png Republican
32 William H. Nicholas 1951-1953 Ends.png Republican
33 Leo Elthon 1953-1957 Ends.png Republican
34 William H. Nicholas 1957-1959 Ends.png Republican
35 Edward J. McManus 1959-1961 Electiondot.png Democratic
36 W. L. Mooty 1961-1965 Ends.png Republican
37 Robert D. Fulton 1965-1968 Electiondot.png Democratic
38 Roger W. Jepsen 1969-1972 Ends.png Republican
39 Arthur A. Neu 1973-1978 Ends.png Republican
40 Terry E. Branstad 1979-1983 Ends.png Republican
41 Robert T. Anderson 1983-1987 Electiondot.png Democratic
42 Jo Ann Zimmerman 1987-1991 Electiondot.png Democratic
43 Joy Corning 1991-1999 Ends.png Republican
44 Sally Pederson 1999-2007 Electiondot.png Democratic
45 Patty Judge 2007-2011 Electiondot.png Democratic
46 Kim Reynolds 2011-Present Ends.png Republican

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Contact information

Office of The Governor and Lt. Governor
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone:515.281.5211               515.281.5211      

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