Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
|Delaware Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$5,915,000|
|Term limits:||Two terms|
|Length of term:||Four years|
|Authority:||Delaware Constitution, Article III, Section 19|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Delaware Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Secretary of Education•Agriculture Secretary•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Secretary•Labor Secretary•Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The office has been vacant since January 6, 2015, when previous Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn resigned to become state attorney general. Denn, a Democrat first elected lieutenant governor in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, quit the position two years before he was scheduled to complete his four-year term. Because the Delaware Constitution does not provide for such a contingency, the lieutenant governor seat will remain vacant until a successor is elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in January 17, 2017.
A Lieutenant-Governor shall be chosen at the same time, in the same manner, for the same term, and subject to the same provisions as the Governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Under Article III, Section 6 of the state constitution, the governor must be at 30-years-old, a citizen of the United States for at least 12 years on the day of the election and a resident of Delaware for at least six years on the same date.
Delaware elects lieutenant governors during presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Delaware, 2016 and 2020 are lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the third Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 17, 2017, is the next inaugural day.
In the unlikely event that two candidates receive the exact same vote tally at the general election, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose one-third of the members of each chamber to make up a special joint committee, which will in turn cast ballots for the lieutenant governor. In the even more unlikely event that the legislature is similarly tied, the President of the Senate shall have the deciding vote (§ 4).
Although in practice the candidate for lieutenant governor is nominated as a ticket with the candidate for governor, the offices of governor and lieutenant governor are voted on separately in Delaware. In 1972 and 1984, the governor and lieutenant governor were elected from different parties.
|Lieutenant Governor of Delaware General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Matthew Denn Incumbent||61.6%||238,959|
|Election Results via Delaware State Board of Elections.|
Delaware's lieutenant governor is subject to a lifetime limit of two terms in office.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article III, Section 20.
The lieutenant governor is the lone officer of the executive who may not be removed, for cause, by the governor. If the governor's office becomes vacant through death, disability or resignation, the lieutenant governor is first in the line of succession. If the lieutenant governor's office becomes vacant, it will not be filled until a new officer is chosen in the next regularly-scheduled election and sworn in the following January.
Whenever the powers and duties of the office of Governor shall devolve upon the Lieutenant-Governor, Secretary of State, or Attorney-General, his or her office shall become vacant... and any such vacancy shall be filled as directed by this Constitution; provided, however, that such vacancy shall not be created in case either of the said persons shall be acting as Governor during a temporary disability of the Governor.
As in many other U.S. state legislatures, the lieutenant governor also serves as the President of the Delaware State Senate, though he or she can only issue a vote if there is a tie on any vote. The lieutenant governor also has a constitutionally provided seat on the Delaware Board of Pardons.
He has other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
- See also: Delaware state budget and finances
The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's Office in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $591,500.
- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $74,345 a year, the 32nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
From 1901-2015, Delaware has had 25 lieutenant governors. Thirteen have been Democrats and 12 have been Republicans.
|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Phillip L. Cannon||January 15, 1901||January 17, 1905||Republican|
|2||Isaac Thomas Parker||January 17, 1905||January 19, 1909||Republican|
|3||John M. Mendinhall||January 19, 1909||January 21, 1913||Republican|
|4||Colen Ferguson||January 21, 1913||January 16, 1917||Democratic|
|5||Lewis T. Eliason||January 16, 1917||May 2, 1919||Democratic|
|6||J. Danford Bush||January 18, 1921||January 20, 1925||Republican|
|7||James Hall Anderson||January 20, 1925||January 15, 1929||Republican|
|8||James Henry Hazel||January 15, 1929||January 17, 1933||Republican|
|9||Roy F. Corley||January 17, 1933||January 19, 1937||Republican|
|10||Edward Webb Cooch||January 19, 1937||January 21, 1941||Democratic|
|11||Isaac James MacCollum||January 21, 1941||January 16, 1945||Democratic|
|12||Elbert Nortrand Carvel||January 16, 1945||January 18, 1949||Democratic|
|13||Alexis Irenee du Pont Bayard||January 18, 1949||January 20, 1953||Democratic|
|14||John W. Rollins, Sr.||January 20, 1953||January 15, 1957||Republican|
|15||David Penrose Buckson||January 15, 1957||December 30, 1960||Republican|
|16||Eugene Lammot||January 17, 1961||January 19, 1965||Democratic|
|17||Sherman Willard Tribbitt||January 19, 1965||January 21, 1969||Democratic|
|18||Eugene Bookhammer||January 21, 1969||January 18, 1977||Republican|
|19||James D. McGinnis||January 18, 1977||January 20, 1981||Democratic|
|20||Michael Newbold Castle||January 20, 1981||January 15, 1985||Republican|
|21||Shien Biau Woo||January 15, 1985||January 20, 1989||Democratic|
|22||Dale E. Wolf||January 20, 1989||December 31, 1992||Republican|
|23||Ruth Ann Minner||January 19, 1993||January 3, 2001||Democratic|
|24||John C. Carney||January 16, 2001||January 20, 2009||Democratic|
|25||Matthew Denn||January 20, 2009||January 6, 2015||Democratic|
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Dover, DE 19901
Tel: (302) 744-4333
- Lieutenant Governor of Delaware, "About the Lieutenant Governor's Office," accessed December 5, 2013
- Office of the Delaware Lt. Governor, "Homepage," January 6, 2015
- Delaware Office of Management and Budget," Budget Development, Planning and Administration - Fiscal Year 2013 Operating and Capital Budget Information," accessed May 28, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- Russ Pickett, "Delaware Governors," accessed November 20, 2011