Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
|South Dakota Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||South Dakota Constitution, Article IV, Section V|
|Assumed office:||January 8, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other South Dakota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article IV, Section V:
The lieutenant governor shall perform the duties and exercise the powers that may be delegated to him by the Governor.
| 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010 |
Lists of candidates
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for the office of the lieutenant governor must be:
- a citizen of the United States
- at least 21 years old
- a resident of South Dakota for at least two years as of the election
South Dakota elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For South Dakota, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days.
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 6.
Anytime the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant, it falls to the governor to nominate a replacement, subject to legislative approval by a majority vote in each chamber.
If both executive offices are vacant, then the same line of succession used in the gubernatorial vacancy goes into effect, skipping over the vacant lieutenant governor's office.
For purposes of determining when a temporary absence has become a permanent vacancy, the Supreme Court of South Dakota has sole jurisdiction.
The lieutenant governor serves as President of the state Senate, though she has no vote unless the full Senate is evenly split on a vote and does not perform day-to-day duties in the chamber.
She also performs additional duties as delegated and appointed by the Governor and is the first officer in the line of succession is the governor's seat is temporarily or permanently vacant.
South Dakota's lieutenant governor usually serves as an adviser to the Governor's Executive Committee. She also sits on such boards and heads such special projects as her experience and skills dictate.
- 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.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $17,699 a year, the 42nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
- South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Matthew Michels
- Governor of South Dakota
- Governor Dennis Daugaard
- South Dakota Attorney General
- South Dakota Secretary of State