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Louisiana Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $7,467,334
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Louisiana Constitution, Article IV, The Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Jay Dardenne
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  November 22, 2010
Compensation:  $115,000
Next election:  2015
Last election:  2011
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Louisiana. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 58th and current lieutenant governor is Jay Dardenne, 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 5(A):

...The executive branch shall consist of the governor, lieutenant governor...


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Under Article IV, Section 2, a candidate for lieutenant governor is required to:[1]

  • have attained the age of twenty-five years
  • be an elector
  • have been a citizen of the United States, and,
  • have been a citizen of Louisiana for at least the preceding five years

The term of office of the lieutenant governor of Louisiana is four years. During her tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office.[1]


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

Louisiana 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 Louisiana's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a presidential; thus, 2019, 2023 and 2027 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the second Monday in January after an election.



See also: Louisiana lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

There is a regularly scheduled election for lieutenant governor in 2015. Jay Dardenne (R) is eligible for re-election. The primary election will take place on October 24, 2015, with a runoff election on November 21, 2015, if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.

Term limits

There are no term limits on this office.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Section 15.

Should a vacancy occur in the office of lieutenant governor, the governor shall nominate a lieutenant governor, who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of the elected members of each house of the legislature. If the unexpired term exceeds one year, such person shall serve as lieutenant governor only until the office is filled as provided in Section 16(B) of this Article.



The lieutenant governor exercises powers delegated to him by the governor as provided by law. The lieutenant governor also serves as governor in the event of a vacancy in the office, if the governor is unable to act as governor, or is out of state.[1]

Under the state constitution, the lieutenant governor no longer serves as ex-officio president of the Louisiana State Senate, but he is made an ex-officio member of each committee, board and commission on which the governor serves.

Additionally, the lieutenant governor serves as commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


In 1986, the lieutenant governor was made commissioner of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, with the power to appoint the secretary and other key positions, with senate approval. Previously the governor was in charge of these appointments. The transfer of power was the first time the lieutenant governor was given real functional responsibilities by law.[3]

The Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism consists of the following divisions:

  • Office of Tourism
  • State Parks
  • State Museums
  • State Library
  • Cultural Development

State budget

See also: Louisiana state budget and finances

The Executive Office's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $7,467,334.[4]


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

The salary of the lieutenant governor, along with the rest of Louisiana's elected executives, is determined by the Louisiana State Legislature. Article IV, Section 4 requires that changes in compensation take effect in the term after they were passed.[5]

Louisiana Constitution, Article IV, Section 4

Compensation Section 4. Except as otherwise provided by this constitution, the compensation of each statewide elected official shall be provided by law. An increase in the salary of a statewide elected official shall not become effective until the commencement of the subsequent term for that office following the adoption or enactment of the increase.


In 2014, the lieutenant governor earned a salary of $115,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $115,000.[7]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $115,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $115,000 a year, the 12th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

From 1853 to 2011, there have been 49 Lieutenant Governors of Louisiana.

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Contact information

Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
1051 N. 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.