State executive official vacancies
This page will track the current vacancies among state executive positions and monitor how long they have been unoccupied.
|Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts||June, 2013|
|New Mexico Public Education Commission||December, 2012|
|South Carolina Public Service Commission||June, 2013|
- The office of the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has been vacant for 446 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 628 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 446 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|
- 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