Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $1,104,018
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Rhode Island Constitution, Article IX, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Daniel McKee
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 6, 2015
Compensation:  $108,808
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Rhode Island Executive Offices
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking office of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Rhode Island. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Current officer

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 70th and current lieutenant governor is Daniel McKee (D). He was first elected in 2014, replacing term-limited predecessor Elizabeth Roberts (D).

Authority

The Rhode Island Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article IX, the Executive Department.

Under Article IX, Section I:

The chief executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor, who, together with a lieutenant governor, shall be elected by the people.

Qualifications

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Under Article III, Of Qualification for Office, the lieutenant governor must be:

  • a qualified elector of Rhode island
  • not serving a sentence, on probation or on parole for any felony
  • not bound by any other oath of office, including holding any other state office or holding a federal office

Elections

See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Rhode Island elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Rhode Island, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday in the January following an election.

Term limits

According to Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, no person may hold the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general or treasurer for more than two consecutive four-year terms.

Full history

2014

See also: Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Democrat Daniel McKee won the election on November 4, 2014.

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel McKee 54.3% 169,078
     Republican Catherine Terry Taylor 33.8% 105,305
     Moderate William Gilbert 8.3% 25,951
     Libertarian Tony Jones 3.3% 10,221
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 906
Total Votes 311,461
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Vacancies

The lieutenant governor serves as acting governor at any time when the elected governor is unable to do so. If the lieutenant governor is also unable to discharge the office, the office devolves to the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Duties

As per the state constitution the lieutenant governor assumes the duties of the governor during any vacancies in the governor's Office or in the event of the incapacitation of the governor.

The lieutenant governor has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor assigns.

Divisions

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State budget

See also: Rhode Island state budget and finances

The budget for the Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $1,104,018.[1]

Compensation

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

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 36, Chapter 6, Section 2 of the Rhode Island General Laws

The lieutenant governor's salary is fixed by law, pursuant to Article IX, Section 11 of the Rhode Island Constitution, which stipulates that the lieutenant governor's salary shall not be increased or diminished effective during his elected term. The amount of annual compensation the lieutenant governor receieves is prescribed by Title 36, Chapter 6, Section 2 of the Rhode Island General Laws (§ 36-6-2).[2]

2014

In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $108,808, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

2013

In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $108,808. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[4]

2012

In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $108,808. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

List of Former Officeholders from 1843-Present[5]
# Name Tenure Party
1 Byron Diman 1843 - 1846 -
2 Elisha Harris 1846 - 1847 -
3 Edward W. Lawton 1847 - 1849 -
4 Thomas Whipple 1849 - 1851 -
5 William B. Lawrence 1851 - 1852 -
6 Samuel G. Arnold 1852 - 1853 -
7 Francis M. Dimond 1853 - 1854 -
8 John J. Reynolds 1854 - 1855 -
9 Anderson C. Rose 1855 - 1856 -
10 Nicholas Brown 1856 - 1857 -
11 Thomas G. Turner 1857 - 1859 -
12 Isaac Saunders 1859 - 1860 -
13 J. Russell Bullock 1860 - 1861 -
14 Samuel G. Arnold 1861 - 1862 -
15 Seth Padelford 1863 - 1865 -
16 Duncan C. Pell 1865 - 1866 -
17 William Greene 1866 - 1868 -
18 Pardon W. Stevens 1868 - 1872 -
19 Charles R. Cutler 1872 - 1873 -
20 Charles C. Van Zandt 1873 - 1875 -
21 Henry T. Sisson 1875 - 1877 -
22 Albert C. Howard 1877 - 1880 -
23 Henry H. Fay 1880 - 1883 -
24 Oscar J. Rathbun 1883 - 1885 -
25 Lucius B. Darling 1885 - 1887 -
26 Samuel R. Honey 1887 - 1888 -
27 Enos Lapham 1888 - 1889 -
28 Daniel G. Littlefield 1889 - 1890 -
29 William T. C. Wardwell 1890 - 1891 -
30 Henry A. Stearns 1891 - 1892 -
31 Melville Bull 1892 - 1894 -
32 Edwin R. Allen 1894 - 1897 -
33 Aram J. Pothier 1897 - 1898 -
34 William Gregory 1898 - 1900 Ends.png Republican
35 Charles D. Kimball 1900 - 1901 Ends.png Republican
36 George L. Shepley 1902 - 1903 Ends.png Republican
37 Adelard Archambault 1903 - 1904 Electiondot.png Democratic
38 George H. Utter 1904 - 1905 Ends.png Republican
39 Frederick H. Jackson 1905 - 1908 Ends.png Republican
40 Ralph C. Watrous 1908 - 1909 Ends.png Republican
41 Arthur W. Dennis 1909 - 1910 Ends.png Republican
42 Zenas W. Bliss 1910 - 1913 Ends.png Republican
43 Rosewell B. Burchard 1913 - 1915 Ends.png Republican
44 Emery J. San Souci 1915 - 1921 Ends.png Republican
45 Harold J. Gross 1921 - 1923 Ends.png Republican
46 Felix A. Toupin 1923 - 1925 Electiondot.png Democratic
47 Nathaniel W. Smith 1925 - 1927 Ends.png Republican
48 Norman S. Case 1927 - 1928 Ends.png Republican
49 James G. Connelly 1929 - 1933 Ends.png Republican
50 Robert E. Quinn 1933 - 1937 Electiondot.png Democratic
51 Raymond E. Jordan 1937 - 1939 Electiondot.png Democratic
52 James O. McManus 1939 - 1941 Ends.png Republican
53 Louis W. Cappelli 1941 - 1944 Electiondot.png Democratic
54 John O. Pastore 1945 - 1945 Electiondot.png Democratic
55 John S. McKiernan 1947 - 1950 Electiondot.png Democratic
56 John S. McKiernan 1951 - 1956 Electiondot.png Democratic
57 Armand H. Cote 1957 - 1959 Electiondot.png Democratic
58 John A. Notte, Jr. 1959 - 1961 Electiondot.png Democratic
59 Edward P. Gallogly 1961 - 1965 Electiondot.png Democratic
60 Giovanni Folcarelli 1965 - 1967 Electiondot.png Democratic
61 Joseph O'Donnell, Jr. 1967 - 1969 Ends.png Republican
62 J. Joseph Garrahy 1969 - 1977 Electiondot.png Democratic
63 Thomas R. DiLuglio 1977 - 1985 Electiondot.png Democratic
64 Richard A. Licht 1985 - 1989 Electiondot.png Democratic
65 Roger N. Begin 1989 - 1993 Electiondot.png Democratic
66 Robert A. Weygand 1993 - 1997 Electiondot.png Democratic
67 Bernard A. Jackvony 1997 - 1999 Ends.png Republican
68 Charles J. Fogarty 1999 - 2006 Electiondot.png Democratic
69 Elizabeth H. Roberts 2007 - 2015 Electiondot.png Democratic
70 Daniel McKee 2015 - present Electiondot.png Democratic

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Contact information

Office of the Lt. Governor
116 State House
Providence, RI 02903
Phone:401-222-2371
Fax:401-222-2012

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