Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
|Kentucky Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$371,400|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Kentucky Constitution, Article 6, The Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||November 13, 2014|
|Next election:||November 3, 2015|
|Last election:||November 8, 2011|
|Other Kentucky Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Cabinet Secretary • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The 56th and current lieutenant governor is Crit Luallen, a Democrat first appointed in November 2014. She replaced Jerry Abramson, who left the office after almost four years of service to become a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama.
Under Article IV, Section 70:
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be elected for the term of four years by the qualified voters of the State...
|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 thirty years old
- have resided in the state for at least six years preceding the general election
Kentucky belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither presidential nor midterm years. In Kentucky's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a presidential; thus, 2015, 2019 and 2023 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the fifth Tuesday after an election.
In the event of a tie, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots, as set out in § 90.
There is a regularly scheduled election for lieutenant governor in 2015. Crit Luallen (D) is eligible for election. The primary election is scheduled for May 19, 2015, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2015.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article 6, Sections 85 and 87.
Anytime the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant, either because the Lieutenant Governor has become the Governor or because the Lieutenant Governor has died, resigned or been removed, the President Pro Tem of the Senate is the first officer in the line of succession.
Should the Lieutenant Governor vacate her office without an available Senate President Pro Tem or while the General Assembly is in recess, the Attorney General is also responsible for convening the Senate for the purposes of choosing a new President, who can then become the Acting Lieutenant Governor.
He or she has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign or delegate, or as law may decree.
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- See also: Kentucky state budget and finances
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor's budget is a subsection of the Office of Governor's budget. For fiscal year 2013, it was $371,400.
- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
The salary of the governor and lieutenant governor, is determined by the Kentucky State Legislature. Section 74 maintains that the governor's pay is fixed by law.  Section 96 stipulates compensation for duties must be paid as a salary and in no other way.
|Compensation of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall at stated times receive for the performance of the duties of their respective offices compensation to be fixed by law.|
|Compensation of Constitutional State officers. All officers mentioned in Section 95 shall be paid for their services by salary, and not otherwise.|
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700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 142
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
- Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, "Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson," accessed March 28, 2013
- Lieutenat Governor of Kentucky, "Lt. Governor Crit Luallen's Communications Office," November 13, 2014
- WDRB, "Jerry Abramson officially resigns from state government to move to federal government," November 13, 2014
- Council of State Governments, " Book of the States 2012 - Table 4.13," accessed August 27, 2013
- Kentucky Statutes, "11.400 Duties of Lieutenant Governor," accessed August 27, 2013
- 2012-2014 Budget of the Commonwealth, "Operating Budget Volume I (Full Version)," 7," accessed June27, 2013
- Kentucky Constitution, “Section 74: Compensation of Governor and Lieutenant Governor,” accessed February 18, 2015
- Kentucky Constitution, "Article 96: Compensation of Constitutional State officers," accessed February 18, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 24, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed January 31, 2014