Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
|Georgia Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Georgia Constitution, Article V, Section 1, Paragraph III|
|Assumed office:||January 8, 2007|
|Next election:||Term limited|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|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|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The 11th and current lieutenant governor is Casey Cagle, a Republican elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Cagle officially assumed office on January 8, 2007. He is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election in November 2014.
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...
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Lists of candidates
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|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, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the same day that the Georgia General Assembly convenes. Thus, January 10, 2011 was an inaugural day. Future inaugurations will occur on the day fixed by legislature to convene itself.
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||41.9%||1,074,624|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Lieutenant governors of Georgia are limited to two consecutive terms, after which they must remain out of office for one full term (4 years) before running again.
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.
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
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 received a salary of $91,609.
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
240 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Telephone: (404) 656-5030
Fax: (404) 656-6739