State executive official vacancies
This page will track the current vacancies among state executive positions and monitor how long they have been unoccupied.
|Delaware Public Service Commission||October, 2011|
|Lieutenant Governor of Florida||March, 2013|
|Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts||June, 2013|
|New Mexico Public Education Commission||December, 2012|
|South Carolina Public Service Commission||June, 2013|
- The office of the Delaware Public Service Commission has been vacant for 891 days.
Our longest running vacancy is a seat on the Delaware Public Service Commission. The seat remains vacant following Arnetta McRae's departure in October 2011. The commission is currently served by four part time commissioners. The Governor of Delaware has not nominated anyone for the position, and state law requires that the open position be filled by someone who lives in the City of Wilmington. Department of state employee Matthew R. Hartigan assured that to date, the lack of a fifth commissioner has not caused any issues regarding Commission business.
- The office of the Lieutenant Governor of Florida has been vacant for 374 days.
The office is presently vacant following the resignation of the 18th lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll. Carroll, a Republican elected in 2010, took office on January 9, 2011 and resigned on March 13, 2013. Gov. Rick Scott's top adviser says the search for Florida's next lieutenant governor is moving ahead slowly and privately with the focus on finding someone who can be "a steward of the governor's vision and character." Hollingsworth said there's no timetable for a decision. "There's no reason to set a deadline," he said. "We're going to take the right time to pick the right person." He says the search will focus on finding someone who has "the same policy mind-set as the governor, has the same vision for moving Florida forward, and would do it with an integrity that is consistent with the governor's character." Scott is not required to pick a lieutenant governor until next September.
- The office of the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has been vacant for 282 days.
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.
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.
- The office of the New Mexico Public Education Commission has been vacant for 464 days.
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.
- The office of the South Carolina Public Service Commission has been vacant for 282 days.
The District 2 seat is currently vacant following David Wright's resignation in June 2013. District 2 covers all of Barnwell, Lexington, and Aiken, as well as parts of Orangeburg and Richland.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.
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|
- Delaware Online, "Dallas Winslow named new PSC chairman," July 16, 2012
- Kristen Mathews, "Email communication with Department of State employee Matthew R. Hartigan," October 16, 2013
- The Tampa Bay Times, "Florida Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll resigns," March 13, 2013
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Florida lieutenant governor resigns amid gambling investigation," March 13, 2013
- Tampa Bay Times, Search for new lieutenant governor of Florida moving slowly, August 24, 2013
- Boston.com, "Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray to resign, says controversies had nothing to do with his decision," May 22, 2013
- Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, "Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray," accessed January 17, 2013
- Boston Herald, "Lt. Gov. Tim Murray says resignation about ‘opportunity'," May 22, 2013
- New Mexico Public Education Commission, Commissioners, accessed October 17, 2013
- The State, "SC Public Service Commission member David Wright to retire," May 30, 2013
- Public Service Commission, South Carolina, District 2, accessed October 17, 2013
- South Carolina Code of Laws, " Title 58, Chapter 3," accessed January 18, 2013