The Tennessee Lieutenant Governor
is the speaker of the Tennessee State Senate
and first in line in the succession to the office of governor
of Tennessee in the event of the death, resignation, or removal from office through impeachment and conviction of the governor of the U.S. state of Tennessee
. Unlike most states, the lieutenant governor
is not elected by voters but instead elected by the state General Assembly
The current officeholder is Ron Ramsey (R).
The office of the Lieutenant Governor is established in the Tennessee Code.
Tennessee Code - Section 8-2-101:
| There is hereby created the state office of lieutenant governor. The person holding the office of lieutenant governor shall be next in succession to the office of governor.
The Lieutenant Governor has to be a member of the Tennessee State Senate and serving as speaker of the Senate.
The main duty of the lieutenant governor is to assume the office of governor if necessary. Additionally, in the role of lieutenant governor, the Speaker of the Senate appoints all officers and members of Senate committees, unless otherwise directed by the Senate. Lieutenant governor can also remove members from committee posts and appoints members of various boards and commissions throughout the state government.
Lt. Governor and Senate Speaker
1 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243-0219