Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
|Mississippi Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Mississippi Constitution, Article V, Section 128 the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2012|
|Next election:||November 2015|
|Last election:||November 8, 2011|
|Other Mississippi Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Executive Director of Environmental Quality • Executive Director of Employment Security • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article V, Section 128:
There shall be a Lieutenant Governor who shall be elected at the same time, in the same manner, and for the same term, and who shall possess the same qualifications as required of the Governor. Any person elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall be eligible to succeed himself in office, but no person who has been elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor for two successive terms shall be eligible to hold that office until one term has intervened.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
The term of office of the lieutenant governor of Mississippi is four years. The fee for party candidates is $300 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. There is no fee for independent candidates but a total of 1,000 signatures must be submitted.
Additionally, a lieutenant gubernatorial candidate must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a citizen of the United States 20 years
- a resident of the state five years
Mississippi 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 Mississippi's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a presidential; thus, 2019, 2023 and 2027 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the second Tuesday in January after an election.
In the event of a tie, the House of Representatives casts ballots between the two highest vote getters.
If no candidate secures majorities of both the popular and electoral votes, under Article V, Section 141, the House of Representatives shall consider the two highest vote getters and vote, vive voce, to choose the governor. Such a vote shall be recorded in the journal.
There is a regularly scheduled election for lieutenant governor in 2015. Tate Reeves (R) is eligible for re-election. The primary election is scheduled for August 4, 2015, with the general election on November 3, 2015.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2003 for the office of Mississippi Lieutenant Governor, Click [show] to expand the section.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Section 131.
The line of succession behind the Lieutenant Governor is the President Pro Tem of the Mississippi State Senate and the Speaker of the House. If both those positions are vacant, the Senators convene to elect a President Pro Tem who may then serve as an Acting Lieutenant Governor..
The lieutenant governor is president of the state Senate and presides over that body, only voting to break a tie. Compared to the lieutenant governors in other states, Mississippi's has a great deal of power concerning the Senate. The lieutenant governor has the sole ability to appoint members, vice-chairmen and chairmen to the various Senate committees, regardless of each party's strength in the chamber.
In the event of the death, resignation, or removal of the governor, the lieutenant governor assumes the higher office. Also, if the governor is out of state, then the lieutenant governor can act in the governor's place.
She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
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- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
See statutes: MS Code §25-3-39 (2013)
Under Section 130 of the Mississippi Constitution, the lieutenant governor’s salary is determined by law at the same rate as the speaker of the house of representatives. MS Code states that no public official can be compensated, directly or indirectly, greater than 150% of the salary of the governor. 
In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $60,000.
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P.O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
- Office of the Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
- Official State of Mississippi Website
- Secretary of State, "Qualifications and Fees for Mississippi Candidates"
- Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, " About," accessed September 17, 2013
- 2013 Mississippi Code, “Salaries and Compensation, General Provisions,” accessed February 25, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 2, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 30, 2014