Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
|Louisiana Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$7,467,334|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Louisiana Constitution, Article IV, The Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||November 22, 2010|
|Other Louisiana Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article IV, Section 5(A):
...The executive branch shall consist of the governor, lieutenant governor...
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
- have attained the age of twenty-five years
- be an elector
- have been a citizen of the United States, and,
- have been a citizen of Louisiana for at least the preceding five years
The term of office of the lieutenant governor of Louisiana is four years. During her tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office.
Louisiana 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 Louisiana's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a Presidential; thus, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the second Monday in January after an election. Thus, January 14, 2008 and January 9, 2012 are inaugural days.
There are no term limits on this office.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Section 15.
Should a vacancy occur in the office of lieutenant governor, the governor shall nominate a lieutenant governor, who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of the elected members of each house of the legislature. If the unexpired term exceeds one year, such person shall serve as lieutenant governor only until the office is filled as provided in Section 16(B) of this Article.
The lieutenant governor exercises powers delegated to him by the governor as provided by law. The lieutenant governor also serves as governor in the event of a vacancy in the office, if the governor is unable to act as governor, or is out of state.
Under the state constitution, the lieutenant governor no longer serves as ex-officio president of the Louisiana State Senate, but he is made an ex-officio member of each committee, board and commission on which the governor serves.
Additionally, the lieutenant governor serves as commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
In 1986, the lieutenant governor was made commissioner of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, with the power to appoint the secretary and other key positions, with senate approval. Previously the governor was in charge of these appointments. The transfer of power was the first time the lieutenant governor was given real functional responsibilities by law.
The Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism consists of the following divisions:
- Office of Tourism
- State Parks
- State Museums
- State Library
- Cultural Development
The Executive Office's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $7,467,334.
- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $115,000.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $115,000 a year, the 12th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
From 1853 to 2011, there have been 49 Lieutenant Governors of Louisiana.
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|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|2||Robert C. Wickliffe||1855||1856||Democrat|
|3||Charles Homer Mouton||1856||1859||Democrat|
|4||William F. Griffin||1859||1860||Democrat|
|5||Henry M. Hyams||1860||1864||Democrat|
|6||Benjamin W. Pearce||1864||1866||Democrat|
|7||James M. Wells||1862||1864||Republican|
|9||Oscar J. Dunn||1868||1872||Republican|
|12||Louis A. Wiltz||1877||1880||Democrat|
|13||Samuel D. McEnery||1880||1881||Democrat|
|15||George L. Walton||1882||1884||Democrat|
|19||Hiram R. Lott||1893||1895||Democrat|
|20||Robert H. Snyder||1895||1900||Democrat|
|23||Jared Y. Sanders||1904||1908||Democrat|
|24||Paul M. Lambremont||1908||1911||Democrat|
|25||Thomas C. Barret||1912||1916||Democrat|
|28||Delos R. Johnson||1924||1924||Democrat|
|29||Oramel H. Simpson||1924||1926||Democrat|
|30||Philip H. Gilbert||1926||1928||Democrat|
|31||Paul N. Cyr||1928||1932||Democrat|
|32||John B. Fournet||1932||1935||Democrat|
|33||James A. Noe||1935||1936||Democrat|
|34||Earl K. Long||1936||1939||Democrat|
|36||Marc M. Mouton||1940||1944||Democrat|
|37||J. Emile Verret||1944||1948||Democrat|
|38||William J. Dodd||1948||1952||Democrat|
|39||Charles E. (Cap) Barham||1952||1956||Democrat|
|41||C.C. "Taddy" Aycock||1960||1972||Democrat|
|42||James E. Fitzmorris Jr||1972||1980||Democrat|
|43||Robert "Bobby" Freeman||1980||1988||Democrat|
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Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
1051 N. 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
- Governor: Bobby Jindal (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Jay Dardenne (R)
- Attorney General: Buddy Caldwell (R)
- Secretary of State: John Thomas Schedler (R)
- Treasurer of State: John Neely Kennedy (R)
Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.
- Louisiana Lt. Governor's Office, "Terms of Office" accessed January 30, 2013
- Louisiana Lt. Governor's Office, "Biography" accessed January 30, 2013
- State of Louisiana, "Executive Branch," accessed August 20, 2011
- State of Louisiana,"State Budget Fiscal Year 2013-2013," 69, accessed June 27, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials:Annual Salaries, accessed January 23, 2014