Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee

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Tennessee Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  Tennessee Code - Section 8-2-101
Selection Method:  Elected by Tennessee General Assembly
Current Officeholder

Ron Ramsey.jpg
Name:  Ron Ramsey
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2007
Compensation:  $60,609
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The Tennessee Lieutenant Governor is the Speaker of the Tennessee State Senate and first in line in the succession to the office of Governor of Tennessee in the event of the death, resignation or removal from office through impeachment and conviction. Unlike in most states, the Tennessee Lieutenant Governor is not elected by voters but instead elected by the Tennessee General Assembly.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Republican Ron Ramsey. Ramsey was elected lieutenant governor in 2007 by the state assembly.[1]

Authority

The office of the lieutenant governor is established in the Tennessee Code.[2]

Tennessee Code - Section 8-2-101:

There is hereby created the state office of lieutenant governor. The person holding the office of lieutenant governor shall be next in succession to the office of governor.

Qualifications

The lieutenant governor has to be a member and speaker of the Tennessee State Senate.

Elections

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Vacancies

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Duties

The main duty of the lieutenant governor is to assume the office of governor if necessary. Additionally, in the role of lieutenant governor, the speaker of the senate appoints all officers and members of senate committees, unless otherwise directed by the senate. The lieutenant governor can also remove members from committee posts and appoints members of various boards and commissions throughout the state government.[3]

Divisions

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Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Tenn. Code Ann. § 3-1-107 (2014)

Because the position of lieutenant governor is equivalent to speaker of the senate, his salary is fixed by Title 3 of the Tennessee Code, which addresses the state legislature instead of the executive branch. Pursuant to § 3-1-107, the lieutenant governor is entitled to annual compensation equal to three times the amount received by a regular member of the general assembly. Beginning in 2005, legislators' base salaries are subject to annual percentage-rate increases as provided under the General Appropriations Act for the corresponding fiscal year.[4]

2014

In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $60,609, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

2013

The lieutenant governor was paid $60,609 in 2013, according to The Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Lt. Governor and Senate Speaker
1 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243-0219
Phone:615-741-4524

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