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Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia

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West Virginia Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Selection Method:  Elected by the State Senate
Current Officeholder

Bill Cole.jpg
Name:  Bill Cole
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 14, 2015
Other West Virginia Executive Offices
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In the state of West Virginia whomever is elected the President of the State Senate is the de facto Lieutenant Governor.

The office of lieutenant governor does not exist in the state's constitution. Legislation in 2000 bestowed the title on the Senate President. In 2011, then acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) submitted a constitutional amendment to the legislature that would have created a new elected state executive position of lieutenant governor. It did not make it to the ballot in 2012.[1]

According to state statutes, the next person in line for office is the Speaker of the House of Delegates.[2]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Bill Cole (R). He has served in the West Virginia State Senate since 2012 and was elected the president of that body on January 14, 2015. As President of the Senate, Cole also serves as lieutenant governor.[3]

State executive organization

West Virginia's state executive officers are part of a state government structure including the West Virginia State Legislature and the West Virginia Supreme Court. The following chart details the relationship between these three branches:

West Virginia state government organizational chart

Recent news

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