State executive official vacancies

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State executive officeholders change throughout the year for a variety of reasons. Officials resign for private-sector jobs, higher positions in government or in response to scandals. Finding people to replace these officeholders can be a long process leaving some offices vacant for days, months or even years.

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

State Vacant since:
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas February 2014
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts June 2013
New Mexico Public Education Commission December 2012


The office has been vacant since February 1, 2014, when former Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr's January 2014 resignation went into effect. A Republican first elected in November 2010, Darr took office in January 2011 for a four-year term expiring in January 2015. He was compelled to leave office one year earlier than scheduled, however, in as a result of a January 2014 settlement with the state ethics commission for misuse of campaign funds. The ethics violations elicited calls from officials such as Gov. Mike Beebe for Darr to step down, as well as impeachment threats from state legislators. Darr addressed his resignation explicitly "to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official," on January 10.[1][2][3]

The office will remain vacant until Darr's successor can be elected and sworn in January 2015.[4]

At the time of Darr's departure, state law still required Gov. Beebe to call a special election to fill the vacancy within a 150 days window, but Beebe held off until he could ascertain the fate of an already-pending bill that would give the governor the option to leave the seat vacant, provided there are fewer than 11 months before the next regularly-scheduled election. "If they pass something like that, I can tell you right now I would not call a special election and would save the money," Beebe said in support of the proposal in late January. Shortly thereafter, the bill passed easily in both chambers of the state legislature, and Beebe signed it into law on February 28, 2014.[5][4]


The office is currently vacant, following the June 2, 2013 resignation of 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

New Mexico

There has been a vacancy in the New Mexico Public Education Commission in District 1 since M. Andrew Garrison's seat was vacated in December of 2012. Vacancies are filled by appointments from the Governor of New Mexico until the regularly scheduled election is held.[9]

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
Attorney General of New Jersey John Hoffman June 10, 2013
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina John McGill June 18, 2014

See also