Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
|Vermont Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2010 FY Budget:||$163,634|
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, Sections 1|
|Assumed office:||January 6, 2011|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Vermont 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 Board|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The Vermont Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in both Chapter II, Sections 1-5, the Delegations and Distribution of Powers and Chapter II, Sections 20-27, Executive Department.
Under Section I:
The Commonwealth or State of Vermont shall be governed by a Governor (or Lieutenant-Governor)...
|State executive officials|
In order to be eligible for the office of lieutenant governor, a candidate must be:
- a resident of Vermont for at least four years on the day of the election
Lieutenant governors may not hold any legislative office or any other constitutional office. Excepting positions in military reserves, they also may not hold any office under the federal government. Nor is the lieutenant governor eligible for any appointed position made by any branch of the Vermont government.
The Vermont Constitution address lieutenant gubernatorial elections not in the section on the Executive but in Chapter II, Section 43-55, Elections; Officers; Terms of Office.
Vermont is one of only two states that elects lieutenant governors biennially, that is, each even-numbered year. For Vermont, 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Thursday following the first Tuesday in the January following an election.
By law, lieutenant governors are elected in separate elections from governors in both the primary and general elections. This means it is possible to have a partisan split in the executive office.
If the office of the lieutenant governor is not filled in the election, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among three candidates.
|Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 2014|
|Republican||Phil Scott Incumbent||62.1%||118,949|
|Liberty Union||Marina Brown||1.7%||3,347|
|Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.|
To view the electoral history dating back to 2000 for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, Click [show] to expand the section.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Sections24.
If the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant, the Governor of Vermont appoints a replacement.
If both offices are vacant, then the legislature appoints a replacement.
According to the Vermont Constitution, if the office of the governor becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment or inability to serve, the lieutenant governor will fill the office until a governor is qualified to act or until the office is filled at the next election.
In such instances, the lieutenant governor has all the powers, privileges and duties of the elected governor.
The lieutenant governor is, at all times and by virtue of his office, the second commander of the state's militia and naval forces.
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- See also: Vermont state budget and finances
The budget for the Vermont Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2010 was $163,634.
The lieutenant governor, along with the rest of Vermont's elected executives, is legally entitled to an annual salary in accordance with Title 32, Chapter 15 of the Vermont Statutes (32 V.S.A. § 1003). Taking into account value adjustments, the statute contains real compensation figures for the previous and current year only.
In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $60,507, the 37th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America during that year.
There have been 86 Lieutenant Governors of Vermont since 1778. Of the 86 officeholders, 55 were Republican, seven were Whig, six were Democrat, three were Democratic Republican, one was Federalist, one was Democratic Republican/National Republican, one was National Republican, one was Anti-Masonic, one was Anti-Masonic/Whig, one was Republican/Prohibition, one was Republican/Citizen and eight are not known.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1778-Present|
|10||Paul Brigham||1815-1820||Democratic Republican|
|11||William Cahoon||1820-1822||Democratic Republican|
|12||Aaron Leland||1822-1827||Democratic Republican|
|13||Henry Olin||1827-1830||Democratic Republican/National Republican|
|14||Mark Richards||1830-1831||National Republican|
|16||Silas H. Jenison||1835-1836||Anti-Masonic/Whig|
|17||David M. Camp||1836-1841||Whig|
|18||Waitstill R. Ranney||1841-1843||Whig|
|23||William C. Kittredge||1852-1853||Whig|
|24||Jefferson P. Kidder||1853-1854|
|26||James M. Slade||1856-1858|
|30||Abraham B. Gardner||1865-1867|
|32||George W. Hendee||1869-1870|
|33||George N. Dale||1870-1872|
|34||Russell S. Taft||1872-1874|
|35||Lyman G. Hinckley||1874-1876|
|37||Eben R. Colton||1878-1880|
|38||John L. Barstow||1880-1882|
|39||Samuel E. Pingree||1882-1884|
|40||Ebenezer J. Ormsbee||1884-1886|
|41||Levi K. Fuller||1886-1888|
|42||Urban A. Woodbury||1888-1890|
|43||Henry A. Fletcher||1890-1892|
|44||F. Stewart Stranahan||1892-1894|
|45||Zophar M. Mansur||1894-1896|
|46||Nelson W. Fisk||1896-1898|
|47||Henry C. Bates||1898-1900|
|48||Martin F. Allen||1900-1902|
|49||Zed S. Stanton||1902-1904|
|50||Charles H. Stearns||1904-1906|
|51||George H. Prouty||1906-1908|
|52||John A. Mead||1908-1910|
|53||Leighton P. Slack||1910-1912|
|54||Frank E. Howe||1912-1915|
|55||Hale K. Darling||1915-1917|
|56||Roger W. Hulburd||1917-1919|
|57||Mason S. Stone||1919-1921|
|58||Abram W. Foote||1921-1923||Republican/Prohibition|
|59||Franklin S. Billings||1923-1925|
|60||Walter K. Farnsworth||1925-1927|
|62||Stanley C. Wilson||1929-1931|
|64||Charles M. Smith||1933-1935|
|65||George D. Aiken||1935-1937|
|66||William H. Wills||1937-1941|
|67||Mortimer R. Proctor||1941-1945|
|68||Lee E. Emerson||1945-1949|
|69||Harold J. Arthur||1949-1950|
|70||Joseph B. Johnson||1951-1955|
|71||Consuelo N. Bailey||1955-1957|
|72||Robert T. Stafford||1957-1959|
|73||Robert S. Babcock||1959-1961|
|74||Ralph A. Foote||1961-1965|
|75||John J. Daley||1965-1969|
|76||Thomas L. Hayes||1969-1971|
|77||John S. Burgess||1971-1975|
|78||Brian D. Burns||1975-1977|
|79||T. Garry Buckley||1977-1979|
|80||Madeleine M. Kunin||1979-1983|
|83||Barbara W. Snelling||1993-1997|
|84||Douglas A. Racine||1997-2003|
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Office of the Lt. Governor
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-5401
- Vermont Department of Finance and Management, "FY10 Appropriations Act (2009, Act 1 special session," accessed April 5, 2013
- Vermont General Assembly, "The Vermont Statutes Online Title 32 : Taxation And Finance Chapter 015 : Salaries And Fees, Subchapter 001 : State Officers," accessed February 11, 2015
- 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 31, 2014
- Office of the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, "Lieutenant Governors, Terms of Service," accessed August 5, 2013
- Office of the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, "General Election Results Lieutenant Governor 1813-2012," accessed August 5, 2013