Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
|Nebraska Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-13 FY Budget:||$143,610|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section I|
|Name:||John Nelson (Nebraska)|
|Assumed office:||September 29, 2014|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Nebraska Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 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.
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. For his full statement and more information on this story, click here.
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.
Under Article IV, Section I:
The executive officers of the state shall be the Governor, Lieutenant Governor...
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
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.
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.
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.
Within the office of the Lieutenant Governor, it is divided amongst:
- NITC - Nebraska Information Technology Commission
- Department of Economic Development
- Homeland Security
- Presiding over the Legislature
- Nebraska Partners in Prevention (NePiP)
The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $143,610.
- 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.
In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $75,000.
There have been 38 Lieutenant Governors of Nebraska since 1877. Of the 38 officeholders, 28 were Republican, 8 were Democrat and 2 were Democrat/Populist.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1913-Present|
|1||Othman A. Abbott||1877-1879||Republican|
|2||Edmund C. Carns||1879-1883||Republican|
|4||H. H. Shedd||1885-1889||Republican|
|5||George D. Meiklejohn||1889-1891||Republican|
|6||Thomas J. Majors||1891-1895||Republican|
|7||Robert E. Moore||1895-1897||Republican|
|8||James E. Harris||1897-1899||Democratic/Populist|
|9||E. A. Gilbert||1899-1901||Democratic/Populist|
|10||Ezra P. Savage||1901-1903||Republican|
|11||Edmund G. McGilton||1903-1907||Republican|
|12||M. R. Hopewell||1907-1911||Republican|
|13||Samuel R. McKelvie||1913-1915||Republican|
|16||Pelham A. Barrows||1919-1923||Republican|
|17||Fred G. Johnson||1923-1925||Republican|
|18||George A. Williams||1925-1931||Republican|
|20||Walter H. Jurgensen||1933-1938||Democratic|
|21||Nate M. Parsons||1938-1939||Democratic|
|22||William E. Johnson||1939-1943||Republican|
|23||Roy W. Johnson||1943-1947||Republican|
|24||Robert B. Crosby||1947-1949||Republican|
|25||Charles J. Warner||1949-1955||Republican|
|26||Dwight W. Burney||1957-1965||Republican|
|27||Philip C. Sorensen||1965-1967||Democratic|
|28||John E. Everroad||1967-1971||Republican|
|30||Gerald T. Whelan||1975-1979||Democratic|
|31||Roland A. Luedtke||1979-1983||Republican|
|32||Donald F. McGinley||1983-1987||Democratic|
|33||William E. Nichol||1987-1991||Republican|
|34||Maxine B. Moul||1991-1993||Democratic|
|35||Kim M. Robak||1993-1999||Democratic|
|36||David I. Maurstad||1999-2001||Republican|
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.
The lieutenant governor of Nebraska is limited to two consecutive terms in office. There is no limit on total number of terms.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, Click [show] to expand the section.
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State Capitol, Room 2315
P.O. Box 94863
Lincoln NE 68509
- Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, "Homepage," accessed April 6, 2014
- Omaha.com, "Heineman chooses Omaha Sen. John Nelson as lieutenant governor," accessed September 29, 2014
- Omaha.com, " Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann resigns, withdraws as Pete Ricketts' running mate," September 9, 2014
- Omaha.com, "Choice of Heidemann for lieutenant governor called 'great pick'," February 14, 2013
- The Lincoln Journal-Star, "Lt. Gov Rick Sheehy resigns," February 2, 2013
- Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, "Responsibilities" accessed August 4, 2012
- Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, "2011-2013 General Fund Appropriations Summary," accessed April 17, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 30, 2014
- 2012-13 Nebraska Blue Book, "State Executive Branch," accessed July 31, 2013
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