Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
|Ohio Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Ohio Constitution, Article III, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Ohio 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 Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article III, Section 1:
The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor...
A candidate for the lieutenant governor of Ohio may not hold any Congressional or federal office or any other state office.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article III, Section 17a.
If the actual elected lieutenant governor is unable to continue serving or is removed, dies, or resigns, the Governor nominates a replacement, subject to confirmation by the Senate and then the entire Assembly.
The lieutenant governor's primary responsibility is to preside over the Ohio State Senate. Additionally, the lieutenant governor is required to complete the duties assigned to him by the governor. The lieutenant governor becomes governor if the governor resigns, dies in office or is removed by impeachment.
He has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign.
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Ohio elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Ohio, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 10, 2011, and January 12, 2015, were inaugural days.
If two candidates are tied, the joint session of the legislature shall cast votes to choose among the top two vote getters.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 2014|
|Republican||John Kasich/Mary Taylor Incumbent||63.6%||1,944,848|
|Democratic||Ed FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt||33%||1,009,359|
|Green||Anita Rios/Bob Fitrakis||3.3%||101,706|
|Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.|
To view the electoral history dating back to 1978 for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, Click [show] to expand the section.
- See also: Ohio state budget and finances
The office of the Lieutenant Governor does not receive a separate budget from the office of Governor in Ohio. The Lieutenant Governor is sometimes appointed to head a government agency. According to The Plain Dealer this is so, "a governor can get around paying both the lieutenant governor’s salary and the salaries of the office’s staff. Also the lieutenant governor can collect a bigger salary heading an agency."
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
As established in Article III, Section 19 of the Ohio Constitution, the lieutenant governor's annual salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term. The lieutenant governor's salary is set by Title 1, Chapter 141 of the Ohio Revised Code.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $142,501 a year, then the 3rd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
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Lt. Governor's Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
- Cleveland.com, "Undefined role for Ohio's lieutenant governor often leads to double duty," accessed June 22, 2013
- LAWriter Ohio Laws and Rules, "Ohio Revised Code Title 1, Chapter 141: Salaries of State Officers," accessed February 18, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 4, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 27, 2014