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*[http://www.mass.gov/governor/ ''Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Massachusetts'']
*[http://www.mass.gov/governor/administration ''Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Massachusetts'']

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Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $4,993,342
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Massachusetts Constitution, Chapter 2, Section II, Article II
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder
Name:  Office currently vacant
Compensation:  $124,920
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Massachusetts is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Massachusetts.[1] 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 office is currently vacant, following the June 2, 2013 resignation of 71st lieutenant governor Tim Murray.

Murray, a Democrat elected in 2006 and 2010,[2] announced his resignation on May 22, 2013, effective June 2, in order to lead the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.[3]

As the Massachusetts Constitution does not provide a way to fill a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, the post will remain vacant until a new officeholder is elected on November 4, 2014. The situation previously occurred in 2001 when then-Gov. Paul Cellucci resigned and Lt. Gov. Jane Swift took over as governor, leaving the position empty. In the event that Deval Patrick (D) leaves office, Secretary of State William Galvin would serve as acting governor.[4]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Chapter 2, the Executive Department.

Under Chapter 2, Section II, Article I:

There shall be [annually] elected a lieutenant governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, whose title shall be, His Honor and who shall be qualified, in point of [religion, property,] and residence in the commonwealth, in the same manner with the governor: and the day and manner of his election, and the qualifications of the electors, shall be the same as are required in the election of a governor...


Current Governors
Gubernatorial Elections
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Breaking news

A candidate for the lieutenant governorship must be a registered elector in the state and have been a resident for at least seven years before taking office.

The more numerous original requirements no longer apply.


Massachusetts state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Massachusetts elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Massachusetts, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the first day of the political year is always the first Wednesday in the January following an election and the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration occurs at noon the first Thursday in January. Thus, January 6, 2011 and January 8, 2015 are inaugural days.

Under Article VII of the Amendments to the Constitution, once the Lieutenant Governor has taken the oath of office, no further oath or affirmation shall be required before he executes any his duties.


The constitution states, whenever the chair of the governor is vacant, the lieutenant governor shall take over as acting governor. The first time this came into use was five years after the constitution's adoption in 1785, when Gov. John Hancock resigned his post five months before the inauguration of his successor, Gov. James Bowdoin. Most recently, Jane Swift became acting governor upon the resignation of Paul Cellucci. Under this system, the lieutenant governor retains his or her position and title as "Lieutenant Governor" and never becomes governor – only acting governor.

The lieutenant governor serves in place of the governor when he is outside the borders of Massachusetts. Historically also a one-year term, the office of lieutenant governor now carries a four-year term the same as that of the governor. Originally, there were religious, property, and residency requirements for both the office of governor and lieutenant governor, of which only the residency requirement remains in effect.

To be eligible for either office, a candidate must have lived in Massachusetts for at least seven years immediately preceding his election, and originally also had to be a Christian owning at least £1,000 worth of real property.


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article LV of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution. When it was passed, Article LV annulled and replaced Article VI of Section III of Chapter II.

The established line of succession for any lieutenant gubernatorial vacancy is currently:

  • the Treasurer
  • the Receiver-General
  • the Auditor

Concerning the Council, when both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are absent, the remaining council members may act in their absence through majority votes.



Chapter 2, Section 2 of the Massachusetts Constitution provides that when a governor dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the office of governor remains vacant for the rest of the 4 year term. The lieutenant governor discharges powers and duties as "acting governor."

The Lieutenant Governor is automatically a member of the Council and, when the Governor is absent, the President of the Council.

He has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for information that describes the divisions (if any exist) of a state executive office. That information for the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

State budget

The budget for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the governor's council for the 2013 fiscal year was $4,993,342.[5]


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.


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary was $124,295.[6]


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $124,920 a year, the 8th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Boston, MA Massachusetts State House
Office of the Lt. Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617.725.4005
Toll Free: 888.870.7770

See also

External links


Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.