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Kentucky Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $371,400
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Kentucky Constitution, Article 6, The Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Crit Luallen
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  November 13, 2014
Compensation:  $117,329
Elections
Next election:  November 2015
Last election:  November 8, 2011
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The Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Kentucky. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two successive terms.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 56th and current lieutenant governor is Crit Luallen, a Democrat first appointed in November 2014.[2] She replaced Jerry Abramson, who left the office after almost four years of service to become a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama.[1][3]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article 6, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section 70:

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be elected for the term of four years by the qualified voters of the State...

Qualifications

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A candidate for lieutenant governor is required to be:[4]

  • at least thirty years old
  • have resided in the state for at least six years preceding the general election

Elections

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

Kentucky belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither Presidential nor midterm years. In Kentucky's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a Presidential; thus, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the fifth Tuesday after an election. Thus, December 13, 2011 and December 15, 2015 are inaugural days.

In the event of a tie, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots, as set out in § 90.

Vacancies

Details of vacancies are addressed under Article 6, Sections 85 and 87.

Anytime the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant, either because the Lieutenant Governor has become the Governor or because the Lieutenant Governor has died, resigned, or been removed, the President Pro Tem of the Senate is the first officer in the line of succession.

After the President Pro Tem, the office devolves onto the Attorney General and then the Auditor.

Should the Lieutenant Governor vacate her office without an available Senate President Pro Tem or while the General Assembly is in recess, the Attorney General is also responsible for convening the Senate for the purposes of choosing a new President, who can then become the Acting Lieutenant Governor.

Duties

Kentucky

The lieutenant governor serves as governor of Kentucky under circumstances similar to the vice president of the United States assuming the powers of the presidency.[5]

He or she has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign or delegate, or as law may decree.

Divisions

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State budget

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor's budget is a subsection of the Office of Governor's budget. For fiscal year 2013, it was $371,400.[6]

Compensation

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.

2014

In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $117,329, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

2013

In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $115,593. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[8]

2012

In 2012, the Kentucky Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $113,615. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 142
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone:502-564-2611
Fax:502-564-2849
TDD:502-564-9551

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