Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

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

Boyd Rutherford.jpg
Name:  Boyd Rutherford
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 21, 2015
Compensation:  $125,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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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]


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...


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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


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]



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.


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.

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]


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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 2014, the lieutenant governor earned a salary of $125,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $125,000.[4]


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


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
Toll Free:1.800.811.8336[5]

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