Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota

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

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Name:  Drew Wrigley
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  December 7, 2010
Compensation:  $90,828
Elections
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
Other North Dakota Executive Offices
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of North Dakota is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of North Dakota. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 37th and current lieutenant governor is Drew Wrigley, a Republican appointed in 2010 when Jack Dalrymple succeeded to the governor's chair.

Authority

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

Under Article V, Section II:

The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor...

Term Length

See also: North Dakota State and County Official Term Lengths, Initiative 5 (1964)

The four year term length was established after an initiated constitutional amendment on the 1964 ballot was approved. Prior to this, the term length was two years.[1]

Qualifications

A candidate for lieutenant governor must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of North Dakota for at least five years
  • a duly registered elector of North Dakota

Vacancies

Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Section 11.

Anytime the Lieutenant Governor is unable, temporarily or permanently, to discharge the office, the secretary of State of North Dakota shall assume the office until the disability is removed.

Duties

See also: North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Powers Referendum, Amendment 5 (1978)

The lieutenant governor's duty is to preside as president of the state Senate, and is responsible for legislative relations, the state budget and agri-business development.

The lieutenant governor also votes as a tie breaker if the senate is equally divided.[2]

They have such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.

Elections

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

North Dakota elects lieutenant governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For North Dakota, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the fifteenth of December following an election. Thus, December 15, 2012 and December 15, 2016 are inaugural days.

If two candidates are tied after the general election, a special joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among the two highest vote getters.

Full History


Divisions

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Compensation

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

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.

2013

In 2013, the North Dakota Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $90,828. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2012

In 2012, the North Dakota Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $85,614. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0001

  • Phone:701.328.2200
  • Fax:701.328.2205

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