Lieutenant Governor of Missouri

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Missouri Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $412,565
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Missouri Constitution, Article IV, Section 10 the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Peter Kinder.jpg
Name:  Peter Kinder
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2005
Compensation:  $86,484
Next election:  November 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Missouri is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Missouri. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 46th and current lieutenant governor is Peter Kinder, a Republican elected in 2004, 2008, and 2012.[1]


The Missouri Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section 10:

There shall be a lieutenant governor who shall have the same qualifications as the governor...


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A candidate for lieutenant governor must be:

  • at least thirty years old
  • a citizen of the United States for at least fifteen years
  • a resident of Missouri for at least ten years


Missouri state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Missouri elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Missouri, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 14, 2013 and January 9, 2017 are inaugural days.

The lieutenant governor is elected separately and may be of a different party than the governor.


See also: Missouri lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Incumbent Peter Kinder won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]

  • 2012 General Election for Missouri Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Kinder Incumbent 49.3% 1,319,747
     Democratic Susan Montee 45.5% 1,219,457
     Libertarian Matthew Copple 2.8% 75,169
     Constitution Cynthia Davis 2.4% 63,594
Total Votes 2,677,967
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.

Full history


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Sections 11(a), (b), and (c).

Whatever the reason, a vacancy in the lieutenant governor's chair is filled using a legally prescribed line of succession.

Regardless of the reason for the vacancy, the line of succession after the Lieutenant Governor is the same:

  • the President Pro Tem of the Senate

Any officer who does serve as Acting Lieutenant Governor vacates her elected office so long as she is filling the vacant lieutenant governor's office; in that case, her chief ranked administrative staffer takes over her office until she returns.



The Missouri Lieutenant Governor is the first person in the order of succession of Missouri's executive branch, thus serving as governor in the event of the death, resignation, removal, impeachment, absence from the state, or incapacity due to illness of the governor of Missouri.

The lieutenant governor has the right to preside over the Senate but is subject to the procedural rules of the state Senate while doing so. As president of the Senate, the lieutenant governor can cast a vote in the case of a tie. The Constitution also gives the lieutenant governor the right to debate and vote on issues when the Senate sits as a committee of the whole.

She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


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State budget

See also: Missouri state budget and finances

The Lieutenant Governor's budget for 2012-2013 was $412,565.[3]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and cannot be increased or reduced during their term. Section 3, Article XIII of the Missouri Constitution created a Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials, which sets the compensation of elected government officials. The 21-member commission meets every two years, and is not to be comprised of employees of the state or any of its institutions nor immediate family members of any person ineligible to serve on the council.[4]

Article IV, Section 21 of the Missouri Constitution addresses compensation of executive officials:

The officers named in this article shall receive for their services salaries fixed by law, which shall not be increased or diminished during their terms.


In 2014, the lieutenant governor earned a salary of $86,484, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $86,484.[6]


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $86,484 a year, the 25th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

Since 1820, Missouri has had 46 lieutenant governors. Of those 46, 34 have been Democrats, 9 Republicans, 2 Liberals and 1 Union.[7]

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Contact information

State Capitol Building
Room 224
Jefferson City MO 65101
Fax: 573.751.9422

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.