Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

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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

Jay Dardenne.jpg
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 first elected in 2010.[2]


The Louisiana 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 25 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]


Louisiana state government organizational chart
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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana Lieutenant Governor'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 was paid $115,000, the 12th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

Since 1853, there have been 49 Lieutenant Governors of Louisiana.

List of Former Officeholders from 1853-Present
# Name Took office Left office Party
1 W.W. Farmer 1853 1855 Democratic Party
2 Robert C. Wickliffe 1855 1856 Democratic Party
3 Charles Homer Mouton 1856 1859 Democratic Party
4 William F. Griffin 1859 1860 Democratic Party
5 Henry M. Hyams 1860 1864 Democratic Party
6 Benjamin W. Pearce 1864 1866 Democratic Party
7 James M. Wells 1862 1864 Republican Party
8 Albert Voorhies 1864 1866 Republican Party
9 Oscar J. Dunn 1868 1872 Republican Party
10 P.B.S. Pinchback 1872 1873 Republican Party
11 C.C. Antoine 1873 1877 Republican Party
12 Louis A. Wiltz 1877 1880 Democratic Party
13 Samuel D. McEnery 1880 1881 Democratic Party
14 W.A. Robertson 1881 1881 Democratic Party
15 George L. Walton 1882 1884 Democratic Party
16 Clay Knobloch 1884 1888 Democratic Party
17 James Jeffries 1888 1892 Democratic Party
18 Charles Parlange 1892 1893 Democratic Party
19 Hiram R. Lott 1893 1895 Democratic Party
20 Robert H. Snyder 1895 1900 Democratic Party
21 Albert Estopinal 1900 1903 Democratic Party
22 H.C. Cage 1903 1904 Democratic Party
23 Jared Y. Sanders 1904 1908 Democratic Party
24 Paul M. Lambremont 1908 1911 Democratic Party
25 Thomas C. Barret 1912 1916 Democratic Party
26 Fernand Mouton 1916 1920 Democratic Party
27 Hewitt Bouanchaud 1920 1924 Democratic Party
28 Delos R. Johnson 1924 1924 Democratic Party
29 Oramel H. Simpson 1924 1926 Democratic Party
30 Philip H. Gilbert 1926 1928 Democratic Party
31 Paul N. Cyr 1928 1932 Democratic Party
32 John B. Fournet 1932 1935 Democratic Party
33 James A. Noe 1935 1936 Democratic Party
34 Earl K. Long 1936 1939 Democratic Party
35 Coleman Lindsey 1939 1940 Democratic Party
36 Marc M. Mouton 1940 1944 Democratic Party
37 J. Emile Verret 1944 1948 Democratic Party
38 William J. Dodd 1948 1952 Democratic Party
39 Charles E. (Cap) Barham 1952 1956 Democratic Party
40 Lether Frazar 1956 1960 Democratic Party
41 C.C. "Taddy" Aycock 1960 1972 Democratic Party
42 James E. Fitzmorris Jr 1972 1980 Democratic Party
43 Robert "Bobby" Freeman 1980 1988 Democratic Party
44 Paul Hardy 1988 1992 Republican Party
45 Melinda Schwegmann 1992 1996 Democratic Party
46 Kathleen Blanco 1996 2004 Democratic Party
47 Mitch Landrieu 2004 2010 Democratic Party
48 Scott Angelle 2010 2010 Dem/Rep
49 Jay Dardenne 2010 Present Republican Party

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Contact information

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

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