Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

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Iowa Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $2,288,025
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Iowa Constitution, Article IV, Section II
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Kim Reynolds
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 14, 2011
Compensation:  $103,212
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Iowa. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 47th and current lieutenant governor is Kim Reynolds, a Republican elected in 2010.[2]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section II:

The governor and the lieutenant governor shall be elected by the qualified electors at the time and place of voting for members of the general assembly...


Current Governors
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A candidate for lieutenant governor is required to be:

  • at least 30 years old by the time of election
  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Iowa for at least two years before the election

Additionally, under Article IV, Section 15, no lieutenant governor may hold any other federal or state office while serving.


Iowa state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Iowa elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Iowa, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 18, 2011, and January 13, 2015, are inaugural days.

If two candidates are tied, the General Assembly casts ballots to choose the winner.


See also: Iowa Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Branstad/Kim Reynolds Incumbent 59% 666,023
     Democratic Jack Hatch/Monica Vernon 37.3% 420,778
     Libertarian Lee Hieb/Tim Watson 1.8% 20,319
     New Independent Party Jim Hennager/Mary Krieg 0.9% 10,582
     Iowa Party Jonathan Narcisse/Michael Richards 0.9% 10,239
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,093
Total Votes 1,129,034
Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.


The lieutenant governor and the governor run together on the same ticket. Prior to the 1998 state election, the governor and the lieutenant governor ran separately.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Section 19.

In the event of a vacancy in the lieutenant governorship, power devolves first to the Presidetn Pro Tem of the Senate and then to the House. If those offices are also vacant, or if the officers are unable or unwilling to succeed, the Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court convene the General Assembly in order for the latter to vote on a new President Pro Tem.



The lieutenant governor stands ready to succeed the governor in case of death, impeachment, resignation, removal from office, or other disability. The lieutenant governor's duties are assigned by the governor.

She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


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State budget

See also: Iowa state budget and finances

The combined Governor and Lieutenant Governor budget for 2012 was $2,288,025.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers and Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

The salaries of elected and appointed executives in Iowa are determined by the Iowa State Legislature.[4] Article IV, Section 15 of the Iowa Constitution states the following:

Text of Section 15:


The official terms of the governor and lieutenant governor shall commence on the Tuesday after the second Monday of January next after their election and shall continue until their successors are elected and qualify. The governor and lieutenant governor shall be paid compensation and expenses as provided by law. The lieutenant governor, while acting as governor, shall be paid the compensation and expenses prescribed for the governor.[5]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $103,212, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $103,212. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $103,212 a year, the 18th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

There have been 46 Lieutenant Governors of Iowa since 1858. Of the 46 officeholders, 38 were Republican and eight were Democrat.[8]

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Contact information

Office of The Governor and Lt. Governor
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone:515.281.5211               515.281.5211      

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