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Lieutenant Governor of Ohio

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Ohio Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
FY Budget:  $NA
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Ohio Constitution, Article III, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Mary Taylor.JPG
Name:  Mary Taylor
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $78,041
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Ohio. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 65th and current lieutenant governor is Mary Taylor, a Republican elected in 2010.


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

Under Article III, Section 1:

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor...


A candidate for the lieutenant governor of Ohio may not hold any Congressional or federal office or any other state office.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article III, Section 17a.

If the lieutenant governor becomes governor, he or she is required to nominate a new lieutenant governor. However, the successor must be confirmed by the Senate and the Assembly.

If the actual elected lieutenant governor is unable to continue serving or is removed, dies, or resigns, the Governor nominates a replacement, subject to confirmation by the Senate and then the entire Assembly.


The lieutenant governor's primary responsibility is to preside over the Ohio State Senate. Additionally, the lieutenant governor is required to complete the duties assigned to him by the governor. The lieutenant governor becomes governor if the governor resigns, dies in office or is removed by impeachment.

He has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign.


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

Ohio elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Ohio, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 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 10, 2011, and January 12, 2015, were inaugural days.

If two candidates are tied, the joint session of the legislature shall cast votes to choose among the top two vote getters.

Full history


See also: Ohio Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican incumbent Mary Taylor won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kasich/Mary Taylor Incumbent 63.6% 1,944,848
     Democratic Ed FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt 33% 1,009,359
     Green Anita Rios/Bob Fitrakis 3.3% 101,706
Total Votes 3,055,913
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.

State budget

See also: Ohio state budget and finances

The office of the Lieutenant Governor does not receive a separate budget from the office of Governor in Ohio. The Lieutenant Governor is sometimes appointed to head a government agency. According to The Plain Dealer this is so, "a governor can get around paying both the lieutenant governor’s salary and the salaries of the office’s staff. Also the lieutenant governor can collect a bigger salary heading an agency."[1]

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See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

As established in Article III, Section 19 of the Ohio Constitution, the lieutenant governor's annual salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term. The lieutenant governor's salary is set by Title 1, Chapter 141 of the Ohio Revised Code.[2]


In 2014, the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio received a salary of $78,041, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013, the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio was paid an estimated $78,041. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[4]


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $142,501 a year, then the 3rd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Lt. Governor's Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108

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