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Vermont Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2010 FY Budget:  $163,634
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:  Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, Sections 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Phillip Scott
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 6, 2011
Compensation:  $61,776
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Vermont is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Vermont. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every two years by a plurality and has no term limit.

Current officer

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 79th and current lieutenant governor is Phillip Scott, a Republican elected in 2010.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in both Chapter II, Sections 1-5, the Delegations and Distribution of Powers and Chapter II, Sections 20-27, Executive Department.

Under Section I:

The Commonwealth or State of Vermont shall be governed by a Governor (or Lieutenant-Governor)...


State executive officials
State legislatures

In order to be eligible for the office of lieutenant governor, a candidate must be:

  • a resident of Vermont for at least four years on the day of the election

Lieutenant Governors may not hold any legislative office or any other Constitutional office. Excepting positions in military reserves, they also may not hold any office under the federal government. Nor is the Lieutenant Governor eligible for any appointed position made by any branch of the Vermont government.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Sections24.

If the office of the Lieutenant Governor is vacant, the Governor of Vermont appoints a replacement.

If both offices are vacant, then the legislature appoints a replacement.


According to the state Constitution, if the office of the governor becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment or inability to serve, the lieutenant governor will fill the office until a governor is qualified to act or until the office is filled at the next election.

In such instances, the Lieutenant Governor has all the powers, privileges, and duties of the elected Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor is, at all times and by virtue of his office, the second commander of the state's militia and naval forces.


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State budget

See also: Vermont state budget and finances

The budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2010 was $163,634.[1]


See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Vermont's Constitution address lieutenant gubernatorial elections not in the section on the Executive but in Chapter II, Section 43-55, Elections; Officers; Terms of Office.

Vermont is one of only two states that elects lieutenant governors biennially, that is, each even-numbered year. For Vermont, 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Thursday following the first Tuesday in the January following an election.

By law, lieutenant governors are elected in separate elections from governors in both the primary and general elections. This means it is possible to have a partisan split in the Executive office.

If the office of the Lieutenant Governor is not filled in the election, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among three candidates.

Full history


See also: Vermont Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican incumbent Phil Scott won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Scott Incumbent 62.1% 118,949
     Progressive Dean Corren 36% 69,005
     Liberty Union Marina Brown 1.7% 3,347
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 115
Total Votes 191,416
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


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

The lieutenant governor, along with the rest of Vermont's elected executives, is legally entitled to an annual salary in accordance with Title 32, Chapter 15 of the Vermont Statutes (32 V.S.A. § 1003). Taking into account value adjustments, the statute contains real compensation figures for the previous and current year only.[2]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $61,776, according to the Council of State Governments.[3]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $60,507. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $60,507 a year, the 37th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America during that year.

Historical officeholders

There have been 86 Lieutenant Governors of Vermont since 1778. Of the 86 officeholders, 55 were Republican, seven were Whig, six were Democrat, three were Democratic Republican, one was Federalist, one was Democratic Republican/National Republican, one was National Republican, one was Anti-Masonic, one was Anti-Masonic/Whig, one was Republican/Prohibition, one was Republican/Citizen and eight are not known.[5][6]

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Contact information

Office of the Lt. Governor
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-5401

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