Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
|Mississippi Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Mississippi Constitution, Article V, Section 128 the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2012|
|Next election:||November 2015|
|Last election:||November 8, 2011|
|Other Mississippi Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Executive Director of Environmental Quality • Executive Director of Employment Security • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article V, Section 128:
There shall be a Lieutenant Governor who shall be elected at the same time, in the same manner, and for the same term, and who shall possess the same qualifications as required of the Governor. Any person elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall be eligible to succeed himself in office, but no person who has been elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor for two successive terms shall be eligible to hold that office until one term has intervened.
| 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010 |
Lists of candidates
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
The term of office of the lieutenant governor of Mississippi is four years. The fee for party candidates is $300 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. There is no fee for independent candidates but a total of 1,000 signatures must be submitted.
Additionally, a lieutenant gubernatorial candidate must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a citizen of the United States 20 years
- a resident of the state five years
Mississippi 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 Mississippi's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a Presidential; thus, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the second Tuesday in January after an election. Thus, January 10, 2012 and January 12, 2016 are inaugural days.
In the event of a tie, the House of Representatives casts ballots between the two highest vote getters.
If no candidate secures majorities of both the popular and electoral votes, under Article V, Section 141, the House of Representatives shall consider the two highest vote getters and vote, vive voce, to choose the governor. Such a vote shall be recorded in the journal.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Section 131.
The line of succession behind the Lieutenant Governor is the President Pro Tem of the Mississippi State Senate and the Speaker of the House. If both those positions are vacant, the Senators convene to elect a President Pro Tem who may then serve as an Acting Lieutenant Governor..
The lieutenant governor is president of the state Senate and presides over that body, only voting to break a tie. Compared to the lieutenant governors in other states, Mississippi's has a great deal of power concerning the Senate. The lieutenant governor has the sole ability to appoint members, vice-chairmen, and chairmen to the various Senate committees, regardless of each party's strength in the chamber.
In the event of the death, resignation, or removal of the governor, the lieutenant governor assumes the higher office. Also, if the governor is out of state, then the lieutenant governor can act in the governor's place.
She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
- 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.
P.O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
- Governor of Mississippi
- Mississippi Attorney General
- Mississippi Secretary of State
- Office of the Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
- Official State of Mississippi Website
- Secretary of State, "Qualifications and Fees for Mississippi Candidates"