Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

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

Name:  Kim Reynolds
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 14, 2011
Compensation:  $103,212
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Iowa. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 47th and current lieutenant governor is Kim Reynolds, a Republican elected in 2010.[2]


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

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...


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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.


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

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.


The lieutenant governor and the governor run together on the same ticket. Prior to the 1998 state election, the governor and the lieutenant governor ran separately.


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.


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

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.

Contact information

Office of The Governor and Lt. Governor
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone:515.281.5211               515.281.5211      

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