Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii

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Hawaii Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $1,695,503
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Article V, the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Shan Tsutsui.jpg
Name:  Shan Tsutsui
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  December 27, 2012
Compensation:  $114,420
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  Appointed to fill vacancy
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Hawaii. Hawaii is one of four states where the Lieutenant Governor also acts as the Secretary of State.[1] The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive, four-year terms.[2][3]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 12th and current Lieutenant Governor is Shan Tsutsui (D). Tsutsui has served since his appointment on December 27, 2012.[4] Governor Neil Abercrombie tapped Tsutsui to fill the role after appointing former Lt. Gov Brian E. Schatz (D) to replace the late Daniel Inouye (D) in the U.S. Senate, effective December 26. Tsutsui took over for Schatz as lieutenant governor the following day.[5] Tsutsui will serve out the remainder of Schatz's term, ending in January of 2015, and is running for a full term as lieutenant governor in November 2014.[6] He will share the ticket with Abercrombie, who is seeking re-election as governor.[7]

Authority

The state constitution establishes the office of the governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

Hawaii Constitution, Article V, Section II'

There shall be a lieutenant governor who shall have the same qualifications as the governor...

Qualifications

Per Article V, Section 2 of the Hawaii Constitution (quoted above), the lieutenant governor must have the same qualifications as the governor. Thus, a lieutenant governor is:

  • required to be at least 30 years old,
  • required to have been a resident of Hawaii for five consecutive years previous to election,
  • barred from other professions or paid positions during the term.

Elections

See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state and Election of lieutenant governors
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Breaking news

Hawaii elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Hawaii, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years.

Hawaii is tied with Alaska for having the earliest inaugural date in the nation. Legally, the inauguration is always held at noon on the first Monday in December following an election. Thus, December 6, 2010, and December 1, 2014, are inaugural days.

Hawaii is one of only three states, the others being New Jersey and Tennessee, where the Governor/Lieutenant Governor ticket is the only statewide elected office.

Term limits

A 1978 amendment to Article V, Section 2 of the Hawaii Constitution made the lieutenant governor limited to serving two consecutive terms in the office. After two terms, the officer must wait one term before running again. Hawaii voters approved a proposed constitutional amendment restricting the lieutenant governor two consecutive terms in the general election on November 7, 1978 general election, and the rule went into effect "at noon on the first Monday in December, 1978."[8]

Full History


Vacancies

If the office of lieutenant governor becomes vacant, the president of the Hawaii Senate assumes the office. If he is unable to do so, the speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives is next in line. After the speaker, the line of succession is as follows: attorney general, director of finance, comptroller, director of taxation and the director of human resources development.[9]

Hawaii Constitution, Article V, Section 4

...When the office of lieutenant governor is vacant, or in the event of the absence of the lieutenant governor from the State, or the lieutenant governor's inability to exercise and discharge the powers and duties of the lieutenant governor's office, such powers and duties shall devolve upon such officers in such order of succession as may be provided by law.

In the event of the impeachment of the governor or of the lieutenant governor, the governor or the lieutenant governor shall not exercise the powers of the applicable office until acquitted.

Hawaii Revised Statutes, 26-2

When the office of lieutenant governor is vacant by reason of the lieutenant governor's becoming governor, or the lieutenant governor's failure to qualify, or the lieutenant governor's removal from office, death, resignation, or otherwise, the powers and duties of the office of lieutenant governor shall devolve upon the president of the senate; or, if there is none or upon the president's failure to resign promptly from all legislative offices held by the president, then upon the speaker of the house of representatives; or if there is none or upon the speaker's failure to resign promptly from all legislative offices held by the speaker, then upon the attorney general, the director of finance, the comptroller, the director of taxation, and the director of human resources development in the order named; provided that any officer upon whom the powers and duties of the office of lieutenant governor devolve may decline the powers and duties without the officer's resignation from the office by virtue of the holding of which the officer qualifies to act as lieutenant governor, in which event the powers and duties will devolve upon the next officer listed in the order of succession.

Duties

The duties of the lieutenant governor are established by the Hawaii Constitution and elaborated in Chapter 26 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.[2] Article V, Section 4 provides that the lieutenant governor becomes acting governor upon the absence of the governor from the state, or if the governor becomes disabled from duty. The article further states the lieutenant governor "has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign."

The Hawaii Revised Statutes address the lieutenant governor's role as the Hawaii Secretary of State. As secretary, he must provide authentication services for documents used by state residents overseas, such as birth and marriage certificates, issue orders granting legal name changes as well as oversee "recordation of all legislative and gubernatorial acts."[2][3]

Divisions

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Hawaii Lieutenant Governor's Office organizational chart as of December 24, 2013.

The lieutenant governor's office is divided into two main categories -- Individual Rights and Government-Wide Support -- that are further divided into subcategories according to function.

1. Office of Information Practices:

Provide administrative support and enforcement services to the office of information practices

2. Functions of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor:

Secretary of State
Constituent Services
Administrative/Office Services
Policy and Special Projects
Communications

State budget

The Office of Lieutenant Governor's operating budget for fiscal year 2014 is $1,695,503. Fiscal year 2015 will be $2,048,158.[10]

Compensation

See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

The compensation of both the governor and the lieutenant governor is set in statute.[11] Prior to December 2006, their salaries had been fixed under Article V, Section 3 of the Hawaii Constitution. That section was repealed following the passage and subsequent voter-approval of the Hawaii Salary Commission Act, Amendment 2 (2006) in the general election on November 7, 2006.[12]

2013

In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid a salary of $114,420, the 15th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.[13]

2012

In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid a salary of $114,420, the 15th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.[14]

2010

In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid a salary of $114,420, the 14th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.[15]

Historical officeholders

There have been twelve Lieutenant Governors in Hawaii since 1959.[16]

List of Former Officeholders from 1959-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 James Kealoha 1959-1962 Ends.png Republican
2 William S. Richardson 1962-1966 Electiondot.png Democratic
3 Thomas P. 1966-1970 Electiondot.png Democratic
4 George Ariyoshi 1970-1973 Electiondot.png Democratic
5 Nelson Doi 1974-1978 Electiondot.png Democratic
6 Jean Sadako King 1978-1982 Electiondot.png Democratic
7 John D. Waihee III 1982-1986 Electiondot.png Democratic
8 Benjamin J. Cayetano 1986-1994 Electiondot.png Democratic
9 Mazie Hirono 1994-2002 Electiondot.png Democratic
10 James "Duke" Aiona, Jr. 2002-2010 Ends.png Republican
11 Brian E. Schatz 2011-2012 Electiondot.png Democratic
12 Shan Tsutsui 2012-Present Electiondot.png Democratic

TCSpotlight.pngDistinguishing features of the office

  • Hawaii is one of only three states, the others being New Jersey and Tennessee, where the Governor/Lieutenant Governor ticket is the only statewide elected office.
  • Hawaii is one of four states, the others being Alaska, New Jersey and Utah, where the position of Lieutenant Governor is equivalent to that of Secretary of State.
  • Only twelve individuals have held the office of lieutenant governor in Hawaii's history- 10 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Of these 12 officeholders, 9 served one term or less in the office.
  • Hawaii is tied with Alaska for having the earliest inaugural date in the nation. Legally, the inauguration is always held at noon on the first Monday in December following an election.

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Contact information

Hawaii

Constituent Services
State Capitol, Room 415
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813
Telephone: (808) 586-0221 or (808) 586-0222
Fax: (808) 586-0019
email: gov.information@hawaii.gov

Lieutenant Governor's Office
Telephone: 808 586-0255
Fax: 808 586-0231
email: ltgov@hawaii.gov

See also

External links

References

  1. Lt. Governor of Hawaii Brian Schatz, "Apostilles and Certifications," accessed January 31, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hawaii Revised Statutes: Part 1, "§26-1 Office of the lieutenant governor," accessed January 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, "About," accessed January 22, 2014
  4. Hawaii Reporter, "Senate President Shan Tsutsui Named Hawaii's 12th Lieutenant Governor," December 27, 2012
  5. Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie picks Schatz to replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
  6. Star Advertiser, "Tsutsui announces run to keep lieutenant governor's seat" accessed June 14, 2013
  7. Hawaii News Now, "Tsutsui begins lieutenant gov re-election campaign" accessed June 14, 2013
  8. Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau, "The Constitution of the State of Hawaii," accessed January 30, 2014
  9. Hawaii Revised Statutes, "26-2," accessed September 19, 2011
  10. Office of the Lieutenant Governor Budget FY 2014-2015, "Department Summary," December 24, 2013
  11. Legistorm, "Hawaii Revised Statutes: §26-51," accessed January 22, 2014
  12. Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau, "The Constitution of the State of Hawaii: Article 5," accessed January 22, 2014
  13. Council of State Governments, "2013 Book of the States - Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed October 24, 2013
  14. Council of State Governments, "2010 Book of the States - Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed October 24, 2013
  15. Council of State Governments, "2010 Book of the States - Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed October 24, 2013
  16. Hawaiian Encyclopedia, State Executive Officials of the State of Hawai‘i accessed August 8, 2013