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In the United States, the office of Lieutenant Governor is the second-highest executive office in a state and is nominally subordinate to the Governor. In the U.S. the main duty of the Lieutenant Governor is to act as Governor should the Governor be temporarily absent from the office. In addition, the Lieutenant Governor generally succeeds a Governor who dies, resigns, or is removed in trial by the legislative branch. In most states, the Lieutenant Governor then becomes Governor, with the title and its associated salary, office, and privileges. In a few states, like Massachusetts, the Lieutenant Governor instead becomes "Acting Governor" until the next election.

Other than this primary constitutional duty, most state constitutions do not prescribe the duties of the Lieutenant Governor in detail. Please see the Ballotpedia articles pertaining to specific states for more details on the influence of lieutenant governors on initiative and referendum.

In Alaska, Hawaii and Utah, the position of Lieutenant Governor is equivalent to that of Secretary of State.

Ex officio lieutenant governors

Five states do not have a Lieutenant Governor. In these states, it is the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, or the President of the Senate who is the first in the line of succession to the governor's seat and is the official tasked with many duties normally associated with the Lt. Governor.

States with an Attorney General serving as ex officio Lt. Gov.


States with a Secretary of State serving as ex officio Lt. Gov.


States with a Senate President serving as ex officio Lt. Gov.

New Hampshire

Appointed lieutenant governors

Additionally, two states do not have direct election of Lieutenant Governors. In Tennessee and West Virginia the State Senate elects one of its own members to serve as Lt. Governor.

In both states, whomever is elected the President of the State Senate is the de facto Lieutenant Governor. In Tennessee, the full title of this individual is, "Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate." In West Virginia, recent legislation allows the Senate President to use the title, "Lieutenant Governor." Prior to that change, West Virginia had no lieutenant governor.

Election of lieutenant governors

Among the 43 states with elected lieutenant governors, there are three methods by which officeholders are chosen.

20 states elect the governor and lieutenant governor on a single ticket in both the primary and general elections, similarly to a presidential election ticket. These 20 states are:



New Jersey
New Mexico

North Dakota
South Dakota

  • Montana does allow a bipartisan ticket, where members of two parties agree to run together. The current Governor and Lt. Governor of Montana represent separate parties.

6 states allow gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates to campaign separately in the primary election. In the general election in these states, each party's ticket for Governor and Lt. Governor is made up of the highest vote getters in the separate primary elections. These 6 states are:


New York

Lastly, 17 states hold entirely separate elections for governor and lt. governor. In these 17 states, it is possible to have a partisan split among the sitting goveror and lt. governor:


North Carolina

Rhode Island
South Carolina


Current Lieutenant Governors

File:United States Lieutenant Governors map.svg.png
Party control of Lt. Gov. offices

AL: Kay Ivey
AK: Mead Treadwell
AZ: No office
AR: Mark Darr
CA: Gavin Newsom
CO: Joseph Garcia
CT: Nancy Wyman
DE: Matthew P. Denn
FL: Jennifer Carroll
GA: Casey Cagle

HI: Brian E. Schatz
ID: Brad Little
IL: Sheila Simon
IN: Becky Skillman
IA: Kim Reynolds
KS: Jeff Colyer
KY: Daniel Mongiardo
LA: Jay Dardenne
ME: No office
MD: Anthony G. Brown

MA: Tim Murray
MI: Brian Calley
MN: Yvonne Prettner Solon
MS: Phil Bryant
MO: Peter Kinder
MT: John Bohlinger
NE: Rick Sheehy
NV: Brian Krolicki
NH: No office
NJ: Kim Guadagno

NM: John A. Sanchez
NY: Robert Duffy
NC: Walter H. Dalton
ND: Drew Wrigley
OH: Mary Taylor
OK: Todd Lamb
OR: No office
PA: Jim Cawley
RI: Elizabeth H. Roberts
SC: James Ken Ard

SD: Matthew Michels
TN: Ron Ramsey
TX: David Dewhurst
UT: Gregory Bell
VT: Phillip Scott
VA: Bill Bolling
WA: Brad Owen
WV: No office
WI: Rebecca Kleefisch
WY: No office

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