Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska

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Nebraska Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-13 FY Budget:  $143,610
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  John Nelson (Nebraska)
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  September 29, 2014
Compensation:  $75,000
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Nebraska is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Nebraska. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms, with at least one term intervening before the same individual may seek the office again.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

John Nelson (R) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman (R) on September 29, 2014, to fill the office left vacant by former Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann's resignation.[2]

The previous officeholder, Lavon Heidemann (R), resigned from the position on September 9, 2014. The resignation came in the wake of a protection order issued to Heidemann's sister, who accused him of physical abuse during an argument.[3] For his full statement and more information on this story, click here.

Heidemann was appointed to fill a vacancy in the office and was sworn in on February 13, 2013.[4] Heidemann will serve in this role until a successor can be elected in 2014.

Until February 2, 2013, the lieutenant governor was Rick Sheehy, a Republican appointed in 2005 and elected in 2006 and 2010. Sheehy resigned after an investigative report from The World Herald revealed he had abused his state-issued cell phone privileges by making thousands of personal phone calls to women during the previous four years. "I had trusted him and that trust was broken," Gov. Dave Heineman explained at a press conference announcing Sheehy's resignation the morning of February 2.[5]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section I:

The executive officers of the state shall be the Governor, Lieutenant Governor...

Qualifications

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Candidates for lieutenant governor must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of the state of Nebraska for at least 5 years
  • a citizen of the United States

While serving, the Lieutenant Governor is ineligible for any other state office.

Elections

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

Nebraska elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Nebraska, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Thursday in the January following an election. Thus, January 6, 2011 and January 1, 2015 are inaugural days.

In the event of a tie, the legislature shall choose the winner from two highest vote getters.

Results

2014

See also: Nebraska gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPete Ricketts/Mike Foley 57.6% 301,646
     Democratic Chuck Hassebrook/Jane Raybould 38.9% 203,968
     Libertarian Mark G. Elworth Jr./Scott Zimmerman 3.5% 18,454
Total Votes 524,068
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rick Sheehy won re-election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He defeated Anne Boyle in the general election.

Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Sheehy Incumbent 74.3% 351,326
     Democratic Anne Boyle 25.7% 121,777
Total Votes 473,103
Election Results Via: Nebraska office of the Secretary of State (dead link)

2006

In 2006, lieutenant governors were included on the ticket with the governors.

On November 7, 2006, Rick Sheehy won election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He defeated Steve Loschen, Terry Richards, and Ron Kellogg in the general election.

Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Sheehy 73.7% 430,578
     Democratic Steve Loschen 24.1% 141,091
     Nebraska Terry Richards 1.5% 8,953
     By petition Ron Kellogg 0.6% 3,782
Total Votes 584,404
Election Results Via: Nebraska office of the Secretary of State

2002

In 2002, lieutenant governors were included on the ticket with the governors.

On November 5, 2002, Dave Heineman won re-election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He defeated Melany Chesterman and Barry Richards in the general election.

Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Heineman Incumbent 68.4% 325,453
     Democratic Melany Chesterman 27.8% 132,348
     Nebraska Barry Richards 3.8% 18,294
Total Votes 476,095
Election Results Via: Nebraska office of the Secretary of State (dead link)

Term limits

The lieutenant governor of Nebraska is limited to two consecutive terms in office. There is no limit on total number of terms.

Vacancies

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 16.

After the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the Legislature is the first to succeed, either temporarily or for the remainder of the term, to the governor's chair.

Duties

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The Lieutenant Governor presides over the Senate and casts a tie breaking vote. Constitutionally, s/he may sit on any board in lieu of the Governor.

S/he has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.

Divisions

Within the office of the Lieutenant Governor, it is divided amongst:[6]

  • NITC - Nebraska Information Technology Commission
  • Department of Economic Development
  • Homeland Security
  • Presiding over the Legislature
  • Nebraska Partners in Prevention (NePiP)

State budget

The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $143,610.[7]

Compensation

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

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.

2013

In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $75,000.[8]

2012

In 2012, the Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska was paid an estimated $75,000 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 38 Lieutenant Governors of Nebraska since 1877. Of the 38 officeholders, 28 were Republican, eight were Democrat and two were Democrat/Populist.[9]

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Contact information

Lt. Governor
State Capitol, Room 2315
P.O. Box 94863
Lincoln NE 68509
Phone:402-471-2256
Fax:402-471-6031

See also

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