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Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky

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Kentucky Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
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
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Crit Luallen.jpg
Name:  Crit Luallen
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  November 13, 2014
Compensation:  $117,329
Next election:  November 3, 2015
Last election:  November 8, 2011
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The Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Kentucky. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two successive terms.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 56th and current lieutenant governor is Crit Luallen, a Democrat first appointed in November 2014.[2] She replaced Jerry Abramson, who left the office after almost four years of service to become a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama.[1][3]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article 6, the Executive Department.

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...


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A candidate for lieutenant governor is required to be:[4]

  • at least thirty years old
  • have resided in the state for at least six years preceding the general election


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

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.



See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

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.

After the President Pro Tem, the office devolves onto the Attorney General and then the Auditor.

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.



The lieutenant governor serves as governor of Kentucky under circumstances similar to the vice president of the United States assuming the powers of the presidency.[5]

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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State budget

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.[6]


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. [7] Section 96 stipulates compensation for duties must be paid as a salary and in no other way.[8]

Kentucky Constitution, Section 74

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.

Kentucky Constitution, Section 96

Compensation of Constitutional State officers. All officers mentioned in Section 95 shall be paid for their services by salary, and not otherwise.


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $117,329, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $115,593. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2012, the Kentucky Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $113,615. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 142
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

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