State executive official irregular office changes, 2013
Throughout the course of a year, state officials leave their position for a variety of reasons. Some of them resign for other jobs, some of them resign due to scandal. Still others are appointed to higher positions which then create vacancies in their prior posts. This page will compile a list of the various office changes in 2013 in state executive offices covered by Ballotpedia staff.
We define an irregular office change to be when an elected or appointed official does not complete the full term of office. Some appointed officials serve an indefinite term where they are either not subject to reappointment or "serve at the pleasure of the governor." Term end dates for these positions are listed as N/A in the chart below.
Breakdown of irregular changes
- Note: This list may be incomplete. If you know of any irregular office changes which have not been included here, please email us.
As of December 2013, 49 irregular office changes have taken place in 29 states. Iowa, with four, has had the most. There have been 10 irregular changes in top ballot offices and 39 in down ballot offices.
The reasons for state executive official changes in 2013 are as follows:
- 15 due to appointment to new position/government post
- 7 due to accepting new private sector job
- 10 due to retirement/family reasons
- 8 due to scandal/asked to resign
- 5 due to reasons unclear
- 1 due to denied reappointment
- 1 resigned after new law changed the office
- 1 resigned to campaign for different office
- 1 resigned to spend time with family
The partisan breakdown for vacancies created in 2013 is as follows:
- 3 Democratic positions
- 11 Republican positions
- 35 Independent/Non-partisan positions
As of October 2013, four lieutenant governors have resigned:
- Nebraska's Rick Sheehy (R) left his post on the heels of an investigative report from the Omaha World-Herald revealing that Sheehy had abused his state-issued mobile phone privileges by making thousands of personal phone calls to women other than his wife over the previous four years.
- Jennifer Carroll (R) resigned her position in Florida on March 13, 2013 after being asked to do so by Gov. Rick Scott. Carroll had been named as a subject of interest in her affiliation with Allied Veterans of the Worlds, who were found to be operating illegal gambling companies.
- Tim Murray (D) of Massachusetts resigned his seat effective June 2, in order to lead the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
- Greg Bell (R) of Utah announced on September 16 that he was resigning to return to the private sector in order to be able to save money for retirement.
Full table of resignations
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- State executive official irregular office changes, 2012
- ↑ The Wall Street Journal, "Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Resigns," February 2, 2013
- ↑ Tia Mitchell, Miami Herald, "Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns from post," March 13, 2013
- ↑ Boston.com, "Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray to resign, says controversies had nothing to do with his decision," May 22, 2013
- ↑ HJNews, "Utah Lt. Gov. to resign, cites financial needs," September 16, 2013