Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $1,104,018
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Rhode Island Constitution, Article IX, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Daniel McKee
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 6, 2015
Compensation:  $108,808
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking office of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Rhode Island. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Current officer

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 70th and current lieutenant governor is Daniel McKee (D). He was first elected in 2014, replacing term-limited predecessor Elizabeth Roberts (D).


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

Under Article IX, Section I:

The chief executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor, who, together with a lieutenant governor, shall be elected by the people.


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Under Article III, Of Qualification for Office, the lieutenant governor must be:

  • a qualified elector of Rhode island
  • not serving a sentence for, on probation for, or on parole for any felony
  • not bound by any other oath of Office, including holding any other state office or holding a federal office


The Lieutenant Governor serves as Acting Governor at any time when the elected Governor is unable to do so. If the Lieutenant Governor is also unable to discharge the office, the office devolves to the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.


As per the state constitution the lieutenant governor assumes the duties of the governor during any vacancies in the governor's Office or in the event of the incapacitation of the governor.

The Lieutenant Governor has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor assigns.


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

Rhode Island elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Rhode Island, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday in the January following an election.

Term limits

According to Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, no person may hold the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, or treasurer for more than 2 consecutive four-year terms.

Full history


See also: Rhode Island Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Democrat Daniel McKee won the election on November 4, 2014.

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel McKee 54.3% 169,078
     Republican Catherine Terry Taylor 33.8% 105,305
     Moderate William Gilbert 8.3% 25,951
     Libertarian Tony Jones 3.3% 10,221
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 906
Total Votes 311,461
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

State budget

See also: Rhode Island state budget and finances

The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $1,104,018.[1]


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

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 36, Chapter 6, Section 2 of the Rhode Island General Laws

The lieutenant governor's salary is fixed by law, pursuant to Article IX, Section 11 of the Rhode Island Constitution, which stipulates that the lieutenant governor's salary shall not be increased or diminished effective during his elected term. The amount of annual compensation the lieutenant governor receieves is prescribed by Title 36, Chapter 6, Section 2 of the Rhode Island General Laws (§ 36-6-2).[2]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $108,808, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013, the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island was paid an estimated $108,808. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2012, the Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $108,808. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Lt. Governor
116 State House
Providence, RI 02903

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