Lieutenant Governor of Vermont

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Vermont Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2010 FY Budget:  $163,634
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:  Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, Sections 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Phillip Scott
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 6, 2011
Compensation:  $61,776
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Vermont is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Vermont. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every two years by a plurality and has no term limit.

Current officer

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 79th and current lieutenant governor is Phillip Scott, a Republican elected in 2010.


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
State legislatures

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.


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

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.

Full history


See also: Vermont Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican incumbent Phil Scott won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Scott Incumbent 62.1% 118,949
     Progressive Dean Corren 36% 69,005
     Liberty Union Marina Brown 1.7% 3,347
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 115
Total Votes 191,416
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


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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State budget

See also: Vermont state budget and finances

The budget for the Vermont Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2010 was $163,634.[1]


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

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.[2]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $61,776, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $60,507. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $60,507, the 37th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America during that year.

Historical officeholders

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.[5][6]

List of Former Officeholders from 1778-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 Joseph Marsh 1778-1779 NA
2 Benjamin Carpenter 1779-1781 NA
3 Elisha Payne 1781-1782 NA
4 Paul Spooner 1782-1787 NA
5 Joseph Marsh 1787-1790 NA
6 Peter Olcott 1790-1794 NA
7 Jonathan Huntv 1794-1796 NA
8 Paul Brigham 1796-1813 NA
9 William Chamberlin 1813-1815 Federalist
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
15 Lebbeus Egerton 1831-1835 Anti-Masonic
16 Silas H. Jenison 1835-1836 Anti-Masonic/Whig
17 David M. Camp 1836-1841 Whig
18 Waitstill R. Ranney 1841-1843 Whig
19 Horace Eaton 1843-1846 Whig
20 Leonard Sargent 1846-1848 Whig
21 Robert Pierpoint 1848-1850 Whig
22 Julius Converse 1850-1852 Whig
23 William C. Kittredge 1852-1853 Whig
24 Jefferson P. Kidder 1853-1854 Democratic Party
25 Ryland Fletcher 1854-1856 Republican Party
26 James M. Slade 1856-1858 Republican Party
27 Burnam Martin 1858-1860 Republican Party
28 Levi Underwood 1860-1862 Republican Party
29 Paul Dillingham 1862-1865 Union/Republican
30 Abraham B. Gardner 1865-1867 Republican Party
31 Stephen Thomas 1867-1869 Republican Party
32 George W. Hendee 1869-1870 Republican Party
33 George N. Dale 1870-1872 Republican Party
34 Russell S. Taft 1872-1874 Republican Party
35 Lyman G. Hinckley 1874-1876 Republican Party
36 Redfield Proctor 1876-1878 Republican Party
37 Eben R. Colton 1878-1880 Republican Party
38 John L. Barstow 1880-1882 Republican Party
39 Samuel E. Pingree 1882-1884 Republican Party
40 Ebenezer J. Ormsbee 1884-1886 Republican Party
41 Levi K. Fuller 1886-1888 Republican Party
42 Urban A. Woodbury 1888-1890 Republican Party
43 Henry A. Fletcher 1890-1892 Republican Party
44 F. Stewart Stranahan 1892-1894 Republican Party
45 Zophar M. Mansur 1894-1896 Republican Party
46 Nelson W. Fisk 1896-1898 Republican Party
47 Henry C. Bates 1898-1900 Republican Party
48 Martin F. Allen 1900-1902 Republican Party
49 Zed S. Stanton 1902-1904 Republican Party
50 Charles H. Stearns 1904-1906 Republican Party
51 George H. Prouty 1906-1908 Republican Party
52 John A. Mead 1908-1910 Republican Party
53 Leighton P. Slack 1910-1912 Republican Party
54 Frank E. Howe 1912-1915 Republican Party
55 Hale K. Darling 1915-1917 Republican Party
56 Roger W. Hulburd 1917-1919 Republican Party
57 Mason S. Stone 1919-1921 Republican Party
58 Abram W. Foote 1921-1923 Republican/Prohibition
59 Franklin S. Billings 1923-1925 Republican Party
60 Walter K. Farnsworth 1925-1927 Republican Party
61 Hollister Jackson 1927-1927 Republican/Citizens
62 Stanley C. Wilson 1929-1931 Republican Party
63 Benjamin Williams 1931-1933 Republican Party
64 Charles M. Smith 1933-1935 Republican Party
65 George D. Aiken 1935-1937 Republican Party
66 William H. Wills 1937-1941 Republican Party
67 Mortimer R. Proctor 1941-1945 Republican Party
68 Lee E. Emerson 1945-1949 Republican Party
69 Harold J. Arthur 1949-1950 Republican Party
70 Joseph B. Johnson 1951-1955 Republican Party
71 Consuelo N. Bailey 1955-1957 Republican Party
72 Robert T. Stafford 1957-1959 Republican Party
73 Robert S. Babcock 1959-1961 Republican Party
74 Ralph A. Foote 1961-1965 Republican Party
75 John J. Daley 1965-1969 Democratic Party
76 Thomas L. Hayes 1969-1971 Republican Party
77 John S. Burgess 1971-1975 Republican Party
78 Brian D. Burns 1975-1977 Democratic Party
79 T. Garry Buckley 1977-1979 Republican Party
80 Madeleine M. Kunin 1979-1983 Democratic Party
81 Peter Smith 1983-1987 Republican Party
82 Howard Dean 1987-1991 Democratic Party
83 Barbara W. Snelling 1993-1997 Republican Party
84 Douglas A. Racine 1997-2003 Democratic Party
85 Brian Dubie 2003-2011 Republican Party
86 Phillip Scott 2011-present Republican Party

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Contact information

Office of the Lt. Governor
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-5401

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