Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
|Minnesota Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$3,353,000|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Minnesota Constitution, Article V, Section I the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||January 5, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Minnesota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Commerce Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article V, Section I:
The executive department consists of a governor, lieutenant governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Under Article V, Section 2, the term of office of the lieutenant governor of Minnesota is four years. Candidates must:
- be at least 25 years old
- be a U.S. citizen
- have been a Minnesota resident for one year before the election
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.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 2014|
|Democratic||Mark 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|
|Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.|
A 1958 amendment to the Minnesota Constitution created four-year terms for lieutenant governors, where previously they served two-year terms. There are no term limits.
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 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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- See also: Minnesota state budget and finances
The Office of Governor and Lieutenant Governor's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 is $3,353,000.
- 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 15th of the designated year.
...The duties and salaries of the executive officers shall be prescribed by law.
In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary remained at $78,197.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $78,197 a year, the 30th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
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Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
- Office of Minnesota Lieutenant Governor
- Minnesota Secretary of State: About the Office of the Lieutenant Governor
- Minnesota.gov, "Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Tina Smith: Lt. Gov. Tina Smith," accessed January 6, 2015
- The Office of the Revisor of Statutes, "Chapter 142--S.F.No. 1589," Section 3," accessed June28, 2013
- House Research, “State Elected Officials Compensation,” accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 2, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 30, 2014