Lieutenant Governor of Montana

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Montana Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $336,530
Term limits:  Two terms in 16 year period
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 1 the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Angela McLean.jpg
Name:  Angela McLean
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  February 10, 2014
Compensation:  $86,362
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Montana is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Montana. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms in any 16-year span.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The current lieutenant governor is Democrat Angela McLean. McLean has served in the position since her appointment in February 2014.[1]


The Montana Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article VI, the Executive Department.

Under Article VI, Section I:

The executive branch includes a governor, lieutenant governor...


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A candidate for lieutenant governor must be:

  • at least 25 years of age or older at the time of election
  • a citizen of the United States
  • have resided within the state at least two years at his election


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

Montana elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Montana, 2016, 2020, 2024 and 2028 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 7, 2013, and January 2, 2017, are inaugural days.


See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Incumbent John Bohlinger (R) was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. John E. Walsh (D), running on a ticket with Steve Bullock, defeated Jon Sonju (R), Marc Mulcahy (L), and Joni Oja (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article VI, Section 6.

If the lieutenant governor's chair is vacant due to death, resignation, removal, disability or succession to the governorship, the governor shall appoint a new lieutenant governor.

If both the governor and lieutenant governor's chair are vacant, the legally provide line of succession goes into effect until the next scheduled general election, when both office will be elected.



Montana's lieutenant governor acts as governor in the event of the death, resignation, removal, impeachment, absence from the state or incapacity due to illness of the governor. The lieutenant governor performs the duties provided by law and those delegated to him/her by the governor. However, the lieutenant governor cannot be delegated any duties specifically granted to the governor, as per the state constitution.

The lieutenant governor welcomes international visitors when the governor is unable to do so, serves on a number of state committees, and assists on a number of administration policy initiatives. Additionally, the lieutenant governor provides advice and counsel to the governor.[2]

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


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State budget

See also: Montana state budget and finances

The Office of the Montana Lieutenant Governor's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $336,530.[3]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

Under Article VI, Section 5 of the Montana Constitution, the lieutenant governor's salary is fixed by law and the officeholder may not receive any other compensation while in office.

In 1995, the Montana Legislature passed MCA 2-16-403 and MCA 2-16-405, which require the state's department of administration to conduct a salary survey every other year of elected officials for North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. The salary for the lieutenant governor is determined by calculating the average salary of the lieutenant governors in the five states. The adjusted salary is effective July 1 of the year following the survey.[4]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor earned a salary of $86,362, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $86,362.[6]


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $79,007, the 29th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Lt. Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
PO Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-1901

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