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Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

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

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Name:  Anthony G. Brown
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 17, 2007
Compensation:  $125,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Maryland. 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 8th and current lieutenant governor is Anthony G. Brown, a Democrat elected in 2006 and 2010.[2]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article II, the Executive Department.[1]

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:[1]

  • must be at least 30 years old
  • a resident and registered voter in Maryland for the five years preceding the election


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

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.[1]


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." Thus, Maryland's lieutenant governorship has fewer powers than most other states which have the same office.

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. [1]


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

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


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $125,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $125,000 a year, the 7th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Contact information

100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Toll Free:1.800.811.8336[3]

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.