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Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
|Georgia Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 1, Paragraph III|
|Assumed office:||January 8, 2007|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Georgia Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Superintendent of Schools•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Commissioner•Labor Commissioner•Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 History
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Before becoming lieutenant governor, Cagle was a member of the Georgia State Senate from 1994 to 2006. He founded Southern Heritage Bank of Hall County, GA, in 1999, and also owned a tuxedo rental company. Cagle is vice-chair of the One Georgia Authority and an executive committee member of the Republican Lieutenant Governor's Association.
There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall be elected at the same time, for the same term, and in the same manner as the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor shall be the President of the Senate and shall have such executive duties as prescribed by the Governor and as may be prescribed by law not inconsistent with the powers of the Governor or other provisions of this Constitution...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Per Article V, Section 1 of the state constitution, the lieutenant governor must be at least 30 years old on the day he assumes offices and, on the day he is elected, have been a resident of Georgia for at least six years and an American citizen for at least 15 years.
No person shall be eligible for election to the office of Governor or Lieutenant Governor unless such person shall have been a citizen of the United States 15 years and a legal resident of the state six years immediately preceding the election and shall have attained the age of 30 years by the date of assuming office.
Georgia elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Georgia, 2018 and 2022 are both lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the same day that the Georgia General Assembly convenes. Future inaugurations will occur on the day fixed by legislature to convene itself.
|Governor of Georgia, 2014|
|Republican||Nathan Deal Incumbent||52.7%||1,345,237|
|Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.|
Cagle won election to a second term as lieutenant governor on November 2, 2010.
- General election
|Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, 2010|
|Republican||Casey Cagle Incumbent||54.7%||1,403,977|
There are no term limits for this office.
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Section I, Paragraph V.
If the Lieutenant Governor's seat is left vacant during the any term, then it remains empty for the remainder of the current term of office. If both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor vacate their seat, the Speaker of the House of the Representatives schedules a special election and serves as Acting Governor until that date.
Removing a Constitutional officer for disability is governed by Article V, Section IV. Any four Constitutional officers may petition the Georgia Supreme Court regarding the fitness for office of a fifth officer. That officer shall have a hearing with the testimony of no less than three board certified physicians, one of whom must be a psychiatrist, before being deemed unfit or removed. The Supreme Court may make a determination of either temporary or permanent disability; in the case of the former, they shall also determine when the Governor may resume the office.
The lieutenant governor's primary job is to serve as President of the Georgia State Senate. If the governor is temporarily unable to exercise his office, the lieutenant governor assumes the powers (but not the title) of the governor. Should the governor die or otherwise permanently leave office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor for the remainder of the term.
Former lieutenant governor Marvin Griffin assumed several informal duties, including naming chairmen to Senate committees and "taking an active role in the leadership of the Senate." He also began the custom of asking the governor's approval of these appointments. These powers lasted until 2003, when Governor Sonny Perdue, a Republican, stripped the lieutenant governor at the time, Democrat Mark Taylor of those powers, giving them to the president pro tempore of the Senate.
President of the Senate
As President of the Senate the lieutenant governor presides over debate in the Senate and casts a tie-breaking vote in that body if necessary. However, the lieutenant governor is barred from sponsoring legislation. He or she also maintains the power to make committee assignments and chooses the chairman of each committee.
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The office of lieutenant governor was created by a state constitutional revision in 1945. Prior to that time, Georgia did not have such an office. Elected in 1946 (for a term to begin in 1947) to be Georgia's first lieutenant governor, Melvin Thompson, became involved in the infamous "Three Governors affair." link title
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of elected executive officials in Georgia are determined by state law as mandated in the Georgia Constitution. Article V of the state constitution indicates that the Georgia State Legislature determines salaries for governor, lieutenant governor and "other elected executives."
| Text of Paragraph III:
Powers, Duties, Compensation, and Allowances of Other Executive Officers
Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, the General Assembly shall prescribe the powers, duties, compensation, and allowances of the above executive officers and provide assistance and expenses necessary for the operation of the department of each.
In 2010, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $91,609.
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Office of the Lieutenant Governor
240 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Telephone: (404) 656-5030
Fax: (404) 656-6739
- New Georgia Encyclopedia, "State Government - Lieutenant Governor," accessed November 8, 2013
- Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, "Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle," accessed May 31, 2012
- Georgia Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results: Lieutenant Governor," accessed January 18, 2013
- The Book of States, "Table 4.13: Lieutenant Governors Qualifications and Terms," accessed November 8, 2013
- Justia, "Georgia Constitution Art. V," accessed February 23, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed January 31, 2014