Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
|Iowa Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Iowa Constitution, Article IV, Section II|
|Assumed office:||January 14, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Iowa Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Secretary of Agriculture • Director of Education • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Utilities Board|
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article IV, Section II:
The governor and the lieutenant governor shall be elected by the qualified electors at the time and place of voting for members of the general assembly...
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for lieutenant governor is required to be:
- at least 30 years old by the time of election
- a United States citizen
- a resident of Iowa for at least two years before the election
Additionally, under Article IV, Section 15, no lieutenant governor may hold any other federal or state office while serving.
Iowa elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Iowa, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 18, 2011 and January 13, 2015 are inaugural days.
If two candidates are tied, the General Assembly casts ballots to choose the winner.
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Section 19.
In the event of a vacancy in the lieutenant governorship, power devolves first to the Presidetn Pro Tem of the Senate and then to the House. If those offices are also vacant, or if the officers are unable or unwilling to succeed, the Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court convene the General Assembly in order for the latter to vote on a new President Pro Tem.
The lieutenant governor stands ready to succeed the governor in case of death, impeachment, resignation, removal from office, or other disability. The lieutenant governor's duties are assigned by the governor.
She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $103,212 a year, the 18th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
Office of The Governor and Lt. Governor
Des Moines, IA 50319
- Governor: Terry Branstad (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Kim Reynolds (R)
- Attorney General: Tom Miller (D)
- Auditor of State: David Vaudt (R)
- Secretary of State: Matt Schultz (R)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Bill Northey (R)
- Treasurer of State: Michael Fitzgerald (D)
- Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor
- State of Iowa,"The Three Branches of Government:How they Work in Iowa"