Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
|Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$1,278,000|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Pennsylvania Constitution, Article IV, Section 4|
|Assumed office:||January 20, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Pennsylvania Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Divisions
- 7 State budget
- 8 Elections
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The 33rd and current lieutenant governor is Mike Stack, a Democrat elected in 2014. Stack began his first term in office on January 20, 2015, succeeding Republican Jim Cawley, whom Stack unseated in the 2014 general election.
Under Article IV, Section 4:
A Lieutenant Governor shall be chosen jointly with the Governor by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both offices, for the same term, and subject to the same provisions as the Governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for the lieutenant governor must be:
- a citizen of the United States
- at least 30 years old
- a resident of Pennsylvania for at least seven years
Additionally, the lieutenant governor may not hold Congressional office, any other office under the Commonwealth, or any federal office. The exception is that the lieutenant governor may be a reserve member of the National Guard.
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 14.
The President Pro Tem of the Pennsylvania State Senate takes over as Lieutenant Governor at any point when the elected Lieutenant Governor is unable to serve.
If the Lieutenant Governor has become Governor under Section 13, then the President Pro Tem becomes the new Lieutenant Governor and vacates her own Senate seat.
If the Lieutenant Governor's disability is temporary, the President Pro Tem serves as Acting Lieutenant Governor until the disability is removed.
The lieutenant governor presides in the Pennsylvania State Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor.
He or she also has such responsibilities and duties as the Governor may assign.
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- See also: Pennsylvania state budget and finances
The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $1,278,000.
Pennsylvania elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Pennsylvania, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the third Tuesday in the January following an election.
In the event of a tie, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose the lieutenant governor from the two top vote getters.
If an election's outcome is contest, the members of both chambers of the legislature shall select members of the special Commission to resolve the contest.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 2014|
|Democratic||Tom Wolf/Mike Stack||54.9%||1,920,355|
|Republican||Tom Corbett/Jim Cawley Incumbent||45.1%||1,575,511|
|Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.|
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- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
The lieutenant governor's salary is set by statute and subject to cost-of-living adjustments, also known as COLAs, pursuant to Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Law (amended in 1995). This law mandates that Pennsylvania executives' salaries "shall be increased by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland area for the most recent 12-month period for which figures have been officially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) immediately prior to the date adjustment is due to take effect."
Under this law, the appropriate salaries were last increased by 1.6 percent, effective January 1, 2015.
In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $146,926 a year, the 2nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America at that time.
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Office of the Lieutenant Governor
200 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
- The Morning Call, "Democrat Tom Wolf sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor," January 20, 2015
- CBS Philly, "Tom Wolf Sworn In As Newest Governor of Pennsylvania," January 20, 2015
- Pennsylvania Budget Office, "2012-13 Enacted Budget - Act 9A," accessed April 10, 2013
- Pennsylvania Legislature, "Senate Bill: Act 51 of 1995," accessed February 20, 2015
- The Pennsylvania Bulletin, "NOTICES: Statutory Cost of Living Increases for Salaries of State Officials and the Heads of Departments, Boards and Commissions," December 27, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014