Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
|Michigan Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$5,370,000|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Michigan Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Assumed office:||January 1, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Michigan Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Director of Agriculture and Rural Development • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Director • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article V, Section I:
The executive power is vested in the governor...
Additionally, Section 26 explicitly makes the lieutenant governor second in line after the governor.
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for lieutenant governor is required, under Section 22, to be:
- at least 30 years old
- a registered voter in, and resident of, the state of Michigan for at least four years preceding the election
Michigan elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Michigan, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day of the New Year following an election. Thus, January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2015 are inaugural days.
Candidates for lieutenant governor are nominated at their respective political party conventions. The candidate runs as a team with his or her party’s gubernatorial candidate for election to a four-year term of office. In 1993, a constitutional limit of two lifetime terms in the office was enacted.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, Click [show] to expand the section.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
The position of lieutenant governor of Michigan has been subject to term limits since December 3, 1992, when an Amendment passed in 1992 general election took effect. Added to the Constitution as Article V, Section 30, it reads, in part:
No person shall be elected more than two times to each office of the executive branch of government: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state or attorney general. Any person appointed or elected to fill a vacancy in the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state or attorney general for a period greater than one half of a term of such office, shall be considered to have been elected to serve one time in that office for purposes of this section.
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 26.
Whenever the lieutenant governor's office is vacant, the line of succession devolves to the elected President Pro Tem of the Senate, the elected Speaker of the House, and then such offices as the legislative shall designate.
As defined in the state Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor performs gubernatorial functions in the Governor’s absence; presides over the state Senate; provides a tie-breaking vote in the Senate; serves as a member of the State Administrative Board; and represents the Governor and the state at selected local, state, and national meetings. In addition, the Governor may delegate additional responsibilities to the Lieutenant Governor.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of Governor, the Lieutenant Governor is first in line to succeed to the position.
She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
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The Executive Office's budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which includes the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor, was $5,370,000.
- 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.
Article V, Section 23 of the Michigan Constitution defines the method by which the lieutenant governor's compensation is set:
The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general shall each receive the compensation provided by law in full payment for all services performed and expenses incurred during his term of office. Such compensation shall not be changed during the term of office except as otherwise provided in this constitution.
In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary was estimated at $111,510.
There have been 61 Lieutenant Governors of Michigan since 1835. Of the 61 officeholders, 41 were Republican, 18 were Democrat and 2 were Whig.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1835-Present|
|1||Edward Mundy||1835- 1840||Democratic|
|2||James Wright Gordon||1840- 1841||Whig|
|3||Thomas J. Drake||1841||Whig|
|4||Origen D. Richardson||1842- 1846||Democratic|
|5||William L. Greenly||1846-1847||Democratic|
|6||Charles P. Bush||1847||Democratic|
|7||William M. Fenton||1848-1851||Democratic|
|11||George Coe Republican||1855-1858||Republican|
|12||Edmund B. Fairfield||1859-1860||Republican|
|14||Joseph R. Williams||1861||Republican|
|15||Henry T. Backus||1861-1862||Republican|
|16||Charles S. May||1863-1864||Republican|
|17||Ebenezer O. Grosvenor||1865-1866||Republican|
|20||Henry H. Holt||1873-1876||Republican|
|22||Moreau S. Crosby||1881-1884||Republican|
|24||James H. MacDonald||1889||Republican|
|27||J. Wight Giddings||1893-1894||Republican|
|29||Joseph R. McLaughlin||1895-1896||Republican|
|30||Thomas B. Dunstan||1897-1898||Republican|
|31||Orrin W. Robinson||1899-1902||Republican|
|33||Patrick H. Kelley||1907-1910||Republican|
|34||John Q. Ross||1911-1914||Republican|
|35||Luren D. Dickinson||1915-1920||Republican|
|36||Luren D. Dickinson||1927-1932||Republican|
|37||Allen E. Stebbins||1933-1934||Democratic|
|39||Leo J. Nowicki||1937-1938||Democratic|
|40||Luren D. Dickinson||1939||Republican|
|41||Matilda R. Wilson||1940||Republican|
|43||John W. Connolly||1943-1944||Republican|
|44||Vernon J. Brown||1945-1946||Republican|
|45||Eugene C. Keyes||1947-1948||Republican|
|46||John W. Connolly||1949-1950||Democratic|
|47||William C. Vandenburg||1951-1952||Republican|
|48||Clarence A. Reid||1953-1954||Republican|
|49||Phillip A. Hart||1955-1958||Democratic|
|50||John B. Swainson||1959-1960||Democratic|
|51||T. John Lesinski||1961-1964||Democratic|
|52||William G. Milliken||1965-1969||Republican|
|53||Thomas F. Schweigert||1970||Republican|
|54||James H. Brickley||1971-1975||Republican|
|55||James J. Damman||1975-1979||Republican|
|56||James H. Brickley||1979-1983||Republican|
|57||Martha W. Griffiths||1983-1991||Democratic|
|58||Connie B. Binsfeld||1991-1999||Republican|
|60||John D. Cherry||2003-2011||Democratic|
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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
- Michigan.gov, " Meet the Lieutenant Governor," accessed December 21, 2012
- State of Michigan 97th Legislature Regular Session of 2013, "Enrolled House Bill No. 4328," 86, accessed June 28, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials:Annual Salaries, accessed January 28, 2014
- Former Lt. Governors, "Biographies of Lieutenant Governors of Michigan, 1899 to Present and Listing of Lieutenant Governors, 1835-1898," accessed August 5, 2013
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