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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $1,278,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Pennsylvania Constitution, Article IV, Section 4
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Mike Stack
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 20, 2015
Compensation:  $157,765
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Pennsylvania is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Pennsylvania. 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 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.[1][2]


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

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...


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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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State budget

See also: Pennsylvania state budget and finances

The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $1,278,000.[3]


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

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.

Full history


See also: Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Democrat Mike Stack won election on November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Wolf/Mike Stack 54.9% 1,920,355
     Republican Tom Corbett/Jim Cawley Incumbent 45.1% 1,575,511
Total Votes 3,495,866
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.


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."[4]

Under this law, the appropriate salaries were last increased by 1.6 percent, effective January 1, 2015.[5]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor was paid a salary of $157,765, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $157,293, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $153,907, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $146,926 a year, the 2nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America at that time.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
200 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

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