Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
|South Dakota Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2014 FY Budget:||$33,480|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||South Dakota Constitution, Article IV, Section V|
|Assumed office:||January 8, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other South Dakota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of School and Public Lands • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article IV, Section V:
The lieutenant governor shall perform the duties and exercise the powers that may be delegated to him by the Governor.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for the office of the lieutenant governor must be:
- a citizen of the United States
- at least 21 years old
- a resident of South Dakota for at least two years as of the election
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 6.
Anytime the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant, it falls to the governor to nominate a replacement, subject to legislative approval by a majority vote in each chamber.
If both executive offices are vacant, then the same line of succession used in the gubernatorial vacancy goes into effect, skipping over the vacant lieutenant governor's office.
For purposes of determining when a temporary absence has become a permanent vacancy, the Supreme Court of South Dakota has sole jurisdiction.
The lieutenant governor serves as President of the state Senate, though she has no vote unless the full Senate is evenly split on a vote and does not perform day-to-day duties in the chamber.
She also performs additional duties as delegated and appointed by the Governor and is the first officer in the line of succession is the governor's seat is temporarily or permanently vacant.
South Dakota's lieutenant governor usually serves as an adviser to the Governor's Executive Committee. She also sits on such boards and heads such special projects as her experience and skills dictate.
South Dakota elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For South Dakota, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the January following an election.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 2014|
|Republican||Dennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels Incumbent||70.5%||195,477|
|Democratic||Susan Wismer/Susan Blake||25.4%||70,549|
|Indpendent||Mike Myers/Lora Hubbel||4.1%||11,377|
|Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.|
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, Click [show] to expand the section.
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- See also: South Dakota state budget and finances
The office of Lieutenant Governor had a budget of $33,480 for the 2014 fiscal year.
- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
See statutes: SD Codified L § 3-8-2.1 (2014)
The lieutenant governor's annual compensation is set by Title 3, Chapter 8, Section 2 of the South Dakota Codified Laws and it may not be raised or diminished effective during his term in office, pursuant to Article XII, Section 3 of the South Dakota Constitution.
As is the case for all of South Dakota's elected executives, the lieutenant governor's base salary is subject to annual rate increases under the General Appropriations Act for each corresponding year. The lieutenant governor is uniquely entitled by statute (§ 1-7-5.1) to earn compensation in addition to the salary prescribed in § 3-8-2.1, conditional upon his performance of additional duties which the governor may assign. The relevant provision states that, "the lieutenant governor shall receive a salary to be determined by the Governor but not to exceed the amount appropriated by the Legislature and shall be reimbursed for actual expenses associated with public service."
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $17,699 a year, the 42nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
There have been 38 Lieutenant Governors of South Dakota since 1889. Of the 38 officeholders, 32 were Republican and six were Democrat.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1889-Present|
|1||James H. Fletcher||1889 – 1891||Republican|
|2||George H. Hoffman||1891 – 1893||Republican|
|3||Charles N. Herreid||1893 – 1897||Republican|
|4||D. T. Hindman||1897 – 1899||Republican|
|5||John T. Kean||1899 – 1901||Republican|
|6||George W. Snow||1901 – 1905||Republican|
|7||John E. McDougall||1905 – 1907||Republican|
|8||Howard C. Shober||1907 – 1911||Republican|
|9||Frank M. Byrne||1911 – 1913||Republican|
|10||E. L. Abel||1913 – 1915||Republican|
|11||Peter Norbeck||1915 – 1917||Republican|
|12||William H. McMaster||1917 – 1921||Republican|
|13||Carl Gunderson||1921 – 1925||Republican|
|14||Clark Forney||1925 – 1927||Republican|
|15||H. E. Covey||1927 – 1929||Republican|
|16||Clarence E. Coyne||1929||Republican|
|17||John T. Grigsby||1929 – 1931||Democratic|
|18||O. K. Whitney||1931 – 1933||Republican|
|19||Hans Ustrud||1933 – 1935||Democratic|
|20||Robert Peterson||1935 – 1937||Democratic|
|21||Donald McMurchie||1937 – 1941||Republican|
|22||C. Miller||1941 – 1945||Republican|
|23||Sioux Grigsby||1945 – 1949||Republican|
|24||Rex Terry||1949 – 1955||Republican|
|25||L. R. (Roy) Houck||1955 – 1959||Republican|
|26||John F. Lindley||1959 – 1961||Democratic|
|27||Joseph H. Bottum||1961 – 1963||Republican|
|28||Nils A. Boe||1963 – 1965||Republican|
|29||Lem Overpeck||1965 – 1969||Republican|
|30||James Abdnor||1969 – 1971||Republican|
|31||William Dougherty||1971 – 1975||Democratic|
|32||Harvey Wollman||1975 – 1978||Democratic|
|33||Lowell C. Hansen, II||1979 – 1987||Republican|
|34||Walter Dale Miller||1987 – 1993||Republican|
|35||Steve T. Kirby||1993 – 1995||Republican|
|36||Carole Hillard||1995 – 2003||Republican|
|37||Dennis Daugaard||2003 – 2011||Republican|
|38||Matthew Michels||2011 -||Republican|
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Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
- Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, "About Michaels," accessed July 23, 2012
- Bureau of Finance and Management, "State of South Dakota Budget in Brief Fiscal Year 2014," 15," accessed June22, 2013
- Justia.com, "2014 South Dakota Codified Laws: Title 3 - PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES: Chapter 08 - Compensation of Officers and Employees §3-8-2.1: Adjustment of salaries of constitutional officers and judges," accessed February 24, 2015
- Justia.com, "2014 South Dakota Codified Laws: Title 1 - STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT: Chapter 07 - Governor: § 1-7-5.1 Compensation of lieutenant governor for performance of duties assigned by Governor," accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
- South Dakota Blue Book 2009, "Chapter 4," accessed August 14, 2013