Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $3,353,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Minnesota Constitution, Article V, Section I the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Tina Smith.jpg
Name:  Tina Smith
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 5, 2015
Compensation:  $77,896
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Minnesota is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Minnesota. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 48th and current lieutenant governor is Tina Smith, a Democrat elected in 2014.[1]


The Minnesota Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section I:

The executive department consists of a governor, lieutenant governor...


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Article V, Section 2 of the Minnesota Constitution establishes the qualifications of the lieutenant governor's office:

  • be at least 25 years old
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • have been a Minnesota resident for one year before the election


Minnesota state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Minnesota elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Minnesota, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election.

A 1958 amendment to the Minnesota Constitution created four-year terms for lieutenant governors, where previously they served two-year terms.



See also: Minnesota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Dayton/Tina Smith Incumbent 50.1% 989,113
     Republican Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle 44.5% 879,257
     Independence Hannah Nicollet/Tim Gieseke 2.9% 56,900
     Grassroots Party Chris Wright/David Daniels 1.6% 31,259
     Libertarian Chris Holbrook/Chris Dock 0.9% 18,082
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,134
Total Votes 1,975,745
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.

Term limits

There are no term limits for the office.


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 5.

The last elected presiding officer of the senate shall become lieutenant governor in case a vacancy occurs in that office. In case the governor is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the same devolves on the lieutenant governor. The legislature may provide by law for the case of the removal, death, resignation, or inability both of the governor and lieutenant governor to discharge the duties of governor and may provide by law for continuity of government in periods of emergency resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack in this state, including but not limited to, succession to the powers and duties of public office and change of the seat of government.



The lieutenant governor serves as a key member of the governor’s cabinet and is involved in major policy and budget decisions. Additionally, as lieutenant governor, the lieutenant governor serves as a member of the Minnesota State Executive Council and chairs the Capitol Area Architectural Planning Board.

Minnesota's lieutenant governor serves as an extension of the governor and assists the governor in carrying out the functions of the executive branch. The lieutenant governor represents the governor and is prepared to act in the governor’s place in the event of his/her absence or disability.

The governor may delegate to the lieutenant governor any powers, duties, responsibilities or functions as prescribed by law to be performed by the governor by filing a written order with the secretary of state.


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State budget

See also: Minnesota state budget and finances

The Office of Governor and Minnesota Lieutenant Governor's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $3,353,000.[2]


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

Salaries for the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state are mandated in the Minnesota Constitution and established by the state legislature. The legislature created a 16-member compensation council, appointed every other January, to put forth compensation recommendations for constitutional officers by April 15 of the designated year.[3]

Article V, Section 4 of the Minnesota Constitution addresses compensation:

...The duties and salaries of the executive officers shall be prescribed by law.


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $77,896, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $78,197.[5]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $78,197. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $78,197, the 30th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Toll Free:800-657-3717

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