Lieutenant Governor of Montana
|Montana Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2014 FY Budget:||$336,530|
|Term limits:||Two terms in 16 year period|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 1 the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||February 10, 2014|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Montana Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Agriculture Director • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article VI, Section I:
The executive branch includes a governor, lieutenant governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for lieutenant governor must be:
- at least 25 years of age or older at the time of election
- a citizen of the United States
- have resided within the state at least two years at his election
Montana elects lieutenant governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Montana, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 7, 2013 and January 2, 2017 are inaugural days.
Incumbent John Bohlinger (R) was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. John E. Walsh (D), running on a ticket with Steve Bullock, defeated Jon Sonju (R), Marc Mulcahy (L), and Joni Oja (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.
|Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Steve Bullock and John E. Walsh||48.9%||236,450|
|Republican||Rick Hill and Jon Sonju||47.3%||228,879|
|Libertarian||Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy||3.8%||18,160|
|Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.|
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article VI, Section 6.
If the lieutenant governor's chair is vacant due to death, resignation, removal, disability, or succession to the governorship, the Governor shall appoint a new lieutenant governor.
If both the governor and lieutenant governor's chair are vacant, the legally provide line of succession goes into effect until the next scheduled general election, when both office will be elected.
Montana's Lieutenant Governor acts as governor in the event of the death, resignation, removal, impeachment, absence from the state, or incapacity due to illness of the governor of Montana. The lieutenant governor performs the duties provided by law and those delegated to him/her by the governor. However, the lieutenant governor cannot be delegated any duties specifically granted to the governor, as per the state constitution.
The lieutenant governor welcomes international visitors when the governor is unable to do so, serves on a number of state committees, and assists on a number of administration policy initiatives. Additionally, the lieutenant governor provides advice and counsel to the governor.
The office has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
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- See also: Montana state budget and finances
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $336,530.
In 1995, the Montana legislature passed MCA 2-16-403 and MCA 2-16-405, which require the state's Department of Administration to conduct a salary survey every other year of elected officials for North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The salary for the lieutenant governor is determined by calculating the average salary of the lieutenant governors in the five states. The adjusted salary is effective July 1st of the year following the survey. 
In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $86,362.
In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $79,007 a year, the 29th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
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Office of the Lt. Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
PO Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-1901
- Missoulian, Governor names Anaconda teacher, Regents chair new lieutenant governor, February 10, 2014
- Lieutenant Governor of Montana, "Lieutenant Governor duties," accessed December 3, 2011
- Montana 63rd Legislature, "Chapter 380," A-3," accessed June28, 2013
- Montana.gov, “State Human Resources Division,” accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 30, 2014