Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
Under Article II, Section IA:
There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall have only the duties delegated to him by the Governor...
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A candidate for the lieutenant governor's chair must be:
- must be at least 30 years old
- a resident and registered voter in Maryland for the five years preceding the election
Maryland elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Maryland, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the third Wednesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 19, 2011 and January 21, 2015 are inaugural days.
In the event of a tie, the Senate and House of Delegates shall meet and cast ballots to choose the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor.
A vacancy in the lieutenant governorship is filled by a person nominated by the governor and confirmed by a majority vote of the state general assembly voting in joint session.
Under the 1970 amendment to the state constitution, the lieutenant governor "shall have only the duties delegated to him by the Governor." Maryland's lieutenant governorship is thus weaker than the office in most other states which have one.
In practice, Maryland's lieutenant governor attends cabinet meetings, chairs various task forces and commissions, represents the state at ceremonial functions and at events which the governor cannot attend, and advises the governor. If there is a vacancy in the office of the governor, the lieutenant governor becomes the governor.
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 $125,000 a year, the 7th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
- Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown
- Governor of Maryland
- Maryland Attorney General
- Maryland Secretary of State
Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.