Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
|Maryland Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Maryland Constitution, Article II, Section IA|
|Assumed office:||January 21, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Maryland Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Comptroller • Treasurer • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Secretary of Labor • Public Service Commission|
- 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).
Under Article II, Section IA:
There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall have only the duties delegated to him by the Governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for the lieutenant governor's chair must be:
- must be at least 30 years old
- a resident and registered voter in Maryland for the five years preceding the election
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.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, 2014|
|Republican||Larry 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|
|Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.|
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.
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.
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.
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- 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.
| (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.
In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $125,000.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $125,000 a year, the 7th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
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100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
- Maryland Office of Archives, "Lt. Governor" accessed January 17, 2013
- Baltimore Sun, "'Just' a small businessman, Hogan bringing a new style to State House," January 20, 2015
- Report of the Governor’s Salary Commission, "Governor’s Salary Commission," January, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 25, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 24, 2014
- Maryland Office of Lt. Governor, "Contact the Office" accessed January 17, 2013