State executive official vacancies

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State executive officeholders change throughout the year 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. Finding people to replace these officeholders can be a long process leaving some offices vacant for days, months, or even years.

This page will track the current vacancies among state executive positions and monitor how long they have been unoccupied.

State Vacant since:
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts June, 2013
New Mexico Public Education Commission December, 2012
South Carolina Public Service Commission June, 2013


The office is currently vacant, following the June 2, 2013 resignation of 71st lieutenant governor Tim Murray. Murray, a Democrat elected in 2006 and 2010, announced his resignation on May 22, 2013, effective June 2, in order to lead the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.[1][2]

As the Massachusetts Constitution does not provide a way to fill a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, the post will remain vacant until a new officeholder is elected on November 4, 2014. The situation previously occurred in 2001 when then-Gov. Paul Cellucci resigned and Lt. Gov. Jane Swift took over as governor, leaving the position empty. In the event that Deval Patrick (D) leaves office, Secretary of State William Galvin would serve as acting governor.[3]

New Mexico

There have been two vacancies in the New Mexico Public Education Commission in districts 1 and 4 since M. Andrew Garrison's and Carla Lopez'sseats were vacated in December of 2012. Vacancies are filled by appointments from the Governor of New Mexico until the regularly scheduled election is held.[4]

South Carolina

The District 2 seat is currently vacant following David Wright's resignation in June 2013.[5] District 2 covers all of Barnwell, Lexington, and Aiken, as well as parts of Orangeburg and Richland.[6]In the event of a vacancy the governor may fill the position until the successor in the office for a full term or an unexpired term, as applicable, has been elected by the General Assembly.[7]

List of Interim Officeholders

In some cases, interim officeholders are selected to fill a vacancy left due to an irregular office change. While it varies from state to state, these replacements may serve in the position until either a permanent officeholder is named or elected, or until the state legislature or governor confirms the interim officeholder as the permanent officeholder.

Office Interim officeholder Date assumed office
Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart September 1, 2013
Attorney General of New Jersey John Hoffman June 10, 2013

See also