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Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

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Maryland Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Maryland Constitution, Article II, Section IA
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Boyd Rutherford
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 21, 2015
Compensation:  $125,000
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Maryland Executive Offices
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Maryland. 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 current lieutenant governor is Boyd Rutherford (R). He was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014. Rutherford was sworn into office on January 21, 2015, replacing Anthony G. Brown (D).[2]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article II, the Executive Department.[1]

Under Article II, Section IA:

There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall have only the duties delegated to him by the Governor...

Qualifications

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A candidate for the lieutenant governor's chair must be:[1]

  • must be at least 30 years old
  • a resident and registered voter in Maryland for the five years preceding the election

Elections

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

Maryland elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Maryland, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the third Wednesday in the January following an election.

In the event of a tie, the Senate and House of Delegates shall meet and cast ballots to choose the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor.[1]

Results

2014

See also: Maryland gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Hogan/Boyd Rutherford 51.2% 884,400
     Democratic Anthony Brown/Ken Ulman 47.4% 818,890
     Libertarian Shawn Quinn/Lorenzo Gaztanaga 1.5% 25,382
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 303
Total Votes 1,728,975
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.

Vacancies

A vacancy in the lieutenant governorship is filled by a person nominated by the governor and confirmed by a majority vote of the state general assembly voting in joint session.

Duties

Maryland

Under the 1970 amendment to the state constitution, the lieutenant governor "shall have only the duties delegated to him by the Governor." Thus, Maryland's lieutenant governorship has fewer powers than most other states which have the same office.

Click here to view larger-scale image of the Maryland Lieutenant Governor Organizational Chart as of July 9, 2013.

In practice, Maryland's lieutenant governor attends cabinet meetings, chairs various task forces and commissions, represents the state at ceremonial functions and at events which the governor cannot attend, and advises the governor. If there is a vacancy in the office of the governor, the lieutenant governor becomes the governor.[1]

Divisions

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Compensation

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

The salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor are decided upon by the Governor’s Salary Commission, a seven-member commission created by a 1976 amendment in Section 21A of the Maryland Constitution. The Commission includes three members appointed by the President of the Senate, and three members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates. Appointees serve a four-year term.

The Commission may not recommend, and the legislature may not amend, the salary to be lower than that most recently received by the incumbent governor. Whatever the outcome, the decided-upon salary takes effect with the beginning of the next gubernatorial term. If either the Commission or the Assembly fails to take action, the same salary already in place applies.[3]

Maryland Constitution, Article II Section 21A

(c) Within 10 days after the commencement of the regular session of the General Assembly in 1978, and within 10 days after the commencement of the regular session of the General Assembly each fourth year thereafter, the commission shall make a written recommendation to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and other members of the General Assembly as to the salary of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

(e) The commission may not recommend salaries lower than that received by the incumbent Governor at the time the recommendation is made and the General Assembly may not amend the joint resolution to provide for salaries lower than that received by the incumbent Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

2014

In 2014, the lieutenant governor earned a salary of $125,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

2013

In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $125,000.[5]

2012

In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $125,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $125,000 a year, the 7th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone:410.974.3901
Toll Free:1.800.811.8336[6]

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