Lieutenant Governor of Idaho

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Idaho Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Brad Little
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 9, 2009
Compensation:  $30,400
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Idaho is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Idaho. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 42nd and current lieutenant governor is Brad Little, a Republican appointed on January 6, 2009 to fill a vacancy left by Jim Risch. He was elected to a full term on November 2, 2010.

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Little represented District 11 in the Idaho State Senate from May 2001, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy, to January 2009. Little owns Little Enterprises, Inc., a farming and cattle operation, and is a former chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. He also sits on the board of directors of Home Federal Bank and Performance Design Incorporated, a Boise-based manufacturing company. Little and his wife, Teresa, have two sons.[1]


The state constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor...


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Per Article IV, Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution, a candidate for governor is required to be:

  • at least thirty-years old
  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Idaho at least two years prior to the election

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 3

No person shall be eligible to the office of governor or lieutenant governor unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years at the time of his election; ... In addition to the qualifications above described each of the officers named shall be a citizen of the United States and shall have resided within the state or territory two years next preceding his election.


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

Idaho elects governors to four year terms in federal midterm election years, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. Thus, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. The gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011 and January 5, 2015 are inaugural days.

If two candidates ever tie in the general election, a joint session of the legislature chooses the winner by a majority vote.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

There are no term limits for this office. Out of all of Idaho's state executives, only the Idaho Controller faces term limits.


Per Article IV, Section 14 of the Idaho Constitution, the President Pro Tem of the Senate fills any vacancies in the office of lieutenant governor.



The lieutenant governor presides over the Idaho State Senate when it is in session; fills in for the governor when he is out of the state; and, performs duties that the governor may deem necessary. While not an official duty of the office, the lieutenant governor is often tasked with responding to constituent communication or participating in public meetings.[2]


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

In 2012, the Idaho Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $30,400. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.

Contact information

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
State Capitol
Boise, Idaho 83720-0057
Phone: 208-334-2200
Fax: 208-334-3259

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