Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota

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South Dakota Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $33,480
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   Four years
Authority:  South Dakota Constitution, Article IV, Section V
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Matthew Michels.jpg
Name:  Matthew Michels
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 8, 2011
Compensation:  $63,654
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of South Dakota is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of South Dakota. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 38th and current lieutenant governor is Matthew Michels, a Republican first elected in 2010.[1]


The South Dakota Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

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.


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


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

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.

Term limits

The lieutenant governor is limited to serving two consecutive terms, after which he must wait four years and/or one full term before being eligible again.



See also: South Dakota lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican incumbent Matthew Michels won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis 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
Total Votes 277,403
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Full history


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 he 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.


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State budget

See also: South Dakota state budget and finances

The office of South Dakota Lieutenant Governor had a budget of $33,480 for the 2014 fiscal year.[2]

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

DocumentIcon.jpg 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.[3]

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."[4]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $63,654, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $61,800. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $120,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $17,699, which was the 42nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America at the time.

Historical officeholders

There have been 38 Lieutenant Governors of South Dakota since 1889. Of the 38 officeholders, 32 were Republican and six were Democrat.[7]

List of Former Officeholders from 1889-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 James H. Fletcher 1889 – 1891 Ends.png Republican
2 George H. Hoffman 1891 – 1893 Ends.png Republican
3 Charles N. Herreid 1893 – 1897 Ends.png Republican
4 D. T. Hindman 1897 – 1899 Ends.png Republican
5 John T. Kean 1899 – 1901 Ends.png Republican
6 George W. Snow 1901 – 1905 Ends.png Republican
7 John E. McDougall 1905 – 1907 Ends.png Republican
8 Howard C. Shober 1907 – 1911 Ends.png Republican
9 Frank M. Byrne 1911 – 1913 Ends.png Republican
10 E. L. Abel 1913 – 1915 Ends.png Republican
11 Peter Norbeck 1915 – 1917 Ends.png Republican
12 William H. McMaster 1917 – 1921 Ends.png Republican
13 Carl Gunderson 1921 – 1925 Ends.png Republican
14 Clark Forney 1925 – 1927 Ends.png Republican
15 H. E. Covey 1927 – 1929 Ends.png Republican
16 Clarence E. Coyne 1929 Ends.png Republican
17 John T. Grigsby 1929 – 1931 Electiondot.png Democratic
18 O. K. Whitney 1931 – 1933 Ends.png Republican
19 Hans Ustrud 1933 – 1935 Electiondot.png Democratic
20 Robert Peterson 1935 – 1937 Electiondot.png Democratic
21 Donald McMurchie 1937 – 1941 Ends.png Republican
22 C. Miller 1941 – 1945 Ends.png Republican
23 Sioux Grigsby 1945 – 1949 Ends.png Republican
24 Rex Terry 1949 – 1955 Ends.png Republican
25 L. R. (Roy) Houck 1955 – 1959 Ends.png Republican
26 John F. Lindley 1959 – 1961 Electiondot.png Democratic
27 Joseph H. Bottum 1961 – 1963 Ends.png Republican
28 Nils A. Boe 1963 – 1965 Ends.png Republican
29 Lem Overpeck 1965 – 1969 Ends.png Republican
30 James Abdnor 1969 – 1971 Ends.png Republican
31 William Dougherty 1971 – 1975 Electiondot.png Democratic
32 Harvey Wollman 1975 – 1978 Electiondot.png Democratic
33 Lowell C. Hansen, II 1979 – 1987 Ends.png Republican
34 Walter Dale Miller 1987 – 1993 Ends.png Republican
35 Steve T. Kirby 1993 – 1995 Ends.png Republican
36 Carole Hillard 1995 – 2003 Ends.png Republican
37 Dennis Daugaard 2003 – 2011 Ends.png Republican
38 Matthew Michels 2011 - Ends.png Republican

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Contact information

Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

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