Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska

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Nebraska Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-13 FY Budget:  $143,610
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   Four years
Authority:  Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Mike Foley.jpg
Name:  Mike Foley
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 8, 2015
Compensation:  $75,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Nebraska is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Nebraska. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms, with at least one term intervening before the same individual may seek the office again.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

Mike Foley (R) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He was elected in 2014 and took office on January 8, 2015.


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

Under Article IV, Section I:

The executive officers of the state shall be the Governor, Lieutenant Governor...


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Candidates for lieutenant governor must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of the state of Nebraska for at least 5 years
  • a citizen of the United States

While serving, the Lieutenant Governor is ineligible for any other state office.


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

Nebraska elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Nebraska, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Thursday in the January following an election. Thus, January 6, 2011, and January 8, 2015 were inaugural days.

In the event of a tie, the legislature shall choose the winner from two highest vote getters.



See also: Nebraska gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Ricketts/Mike Foley 57.2% 308,751
     Democratic Chuck Hassebrook/Jane Raybould 39.3% 211,905
     Libertarian Mark G. Elworth Jr./Scott Zimmerman 3.5% 19,001
Total Votes 539,657
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Term limits

The lieutenant governor of Nebraska is limited to two consecutive terms in office. There is no limit on total number of terms.

Full history


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 16.

After the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the Legislature is the first to succeed, either temporarily or for the remainder of the term, to the governor's chair.



The Lieutenant Governor presides over the Senate and casts a tie breaking vote. Constitutionally, s/he may sit on any board in lieu of the Governor.

S/he has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


Within the office of the Lieutenant Governor, it is divided amongst:[2]

  • NITC - Nebraska Information Technology Commission
  • Department of Economic Development
  • Homeland Security
  • Presiding over the Legislature
  • Nebraska Partners in Prevention (NePiP)

State budget

See also: Nebraska state budget and finances

The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $143,610.[3]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executive officials are set by the Nebraska State Legislature as mandated by the state constitution. Article IV, Section 25 states the following:

The officers provided for in this article shall receive such salaries as may be provided by law. Such officers, or such other officers as may be provided for by law, shall not receive for their own use any fees, costs, or interest upon public money in their hands.


In 2014, the lieutenant governor earned a salary of $75,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $75,000.[5]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $75,000 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 40 Lieutenant Governors of Nebraska since 1877. Of the 40 officeholders, 30 were Republican, eight were Democrat and two were Democrat/Populist.[6]

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Contact information

Lt. Governor
State Capitol, Room 2315
P.O. Box 94863
Lincoln NE 68509

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