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Michigan Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $5,370,000
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Michigan Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Brian Calley
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 1, 2011
Compensation:  $123,900
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Michigan Executive Offices
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Michigan is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Michigan. 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 61st and current lieutenant governor is Brian Calley, a Republican first elected in 2010.[1]


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

Under Article V, Section I:

The executive power is vested in the governor...

Additionally, Section 26 explicitly makes the lieutenant governor second in line after the governor.


Current Governors
Gubernatorial Elections
Current Lt. Governors
Lt. Governor Elections
Breaking news

A candidate for lieutenant governor is required, under Section 22, to be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a registered voter in, and resident of, the state of Michigan for at least four years preceding the election


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

Michigan elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Michigan, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first day of the New Year following an election. Thus, January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2015 are inaugural days.

Candidates for lieutenant governor are nominated at their respective political party conventions. The candidate runs as a team with his or her party’s gubernatorial candidate for election to a four-year term of office. In 1993, a constitutional limit of two lifetime terms in the office was enacted.

Full History

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

The position of lieutenant governor of Michigan has been subject to term limits since December 3, 1992, when an Amendment passed in 1992 general election took effect. Added to the Constitution as Article V, Section 30, it reads, in part:

No person shall be elected more than two times to each office of the executive branch of government: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state or attorney general. Any person appointed or elected to fill a vacancy in the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state or attorney general for a period greater than one half of a term of such office, shall be considered to have been elected to serve one time in that office for purposes of this section.


The position of lieutenant governor was established in the first state constitution of 1835. Since 1835 the position has been and continues to be an elective office.


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 26.

Whenever the lieutenant governor's office is vacant, the line of succession devolves to the elected President Pro Tem of the Senate, the elected Speaker of the House, and then such offices as the legislative shall designate.



As defined in the state Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor performs gubernatorial functions in the Governor’s absence; presides over the state Senate; provides a tie-breaking vote in the Senate; serves as a member of the State Administrative Board; and represents the Governor and the state at selected local, state, and national meetings. In addition, the Governor may delegate additional responsibilities to the Lieutenant Governor.

In the event of a vacancy in the office of Governor, the Lieutenant Governor is first in line to succeed to the position.

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


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State budget

The Executive Office's budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which includes the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor, was $5,370,000.[2]


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.

Article V, Section 23 of the Michigan Constitution defines the method by which the lieutenant governor's compensation is set:

The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general shall each receive the compensation provided by law in full payment for all services performed and expenses incurred during his term of office. Such compensation shall not be changed during the term of office except as otherwise provided in this constitution.


In 2013, the lieutenant governor's salary was estimated at $111,510.[3]


In 2012, the Michigan Lieutenant Governor was paid an estimated $123,900 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 61 Lieutenant Governors of Michigan since 1835. Of the 61 officeholders, 41 were Republican, 18 were Democrat and 2 were Whig.[4]

List of Former Officeholders from 1835-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 Edward Mundy 1835- 1840 Electiondot.png Democratic
2 James Wright Gordon 1840- 1841 Whig
3 Thomas J. Drake 1841 Whig
4 Origen D. Richardson 1842- 1846 Electiondot.png Democratic
5 William L. Greenly 1846-1847 Electiondot.png Democratic
6 Charles P. Bush 1847 Electiondot.png Democratic
7 William M. Fenton 1848-1851 Electiondot.png Democratic
8 Calvin Britain 1852 Electiondot.png Democratic
9 Andrew Parsons 1853 Electiondot.png Democratic
10 George Griswold 1853-1854 Electiondot.png Democratic
11 George Coe Republican 1855-1858 Ends.png Republican
12 Edmund B. Fairfield 1859-1860 Ends.png Republican
13 James Birney 1861 Ends.png Republican
14 Joseph R. Williams 1861 Ends.png Republican
15 Henry T. Backus 1861-1862 Ends.png Republican
16 Charles S. May 1863-1864 Ends.png Republican
17 Ebenezer O. Grosvenor 1865-1866 Ends.png Republican
18 Dwight May 1867-1868 Ends.png Republican
19 Morgan Bates 1869-1872 Ends.png Republican
20 Henry H. Holt 1873-1876 Ends.png Republican
21 Alonzo Sessions 1877-1880 Ends.png Republican
22 Moreau S. Crosby 1881-1884 Ends.png Republican
23 Archibald Buttars 1885-1886 Ends.png Republican
24 James H. MacDonald 1889 Ends.png Republican
25 William Ball 1889-1890 Ends.png Republican
26 John Strong 1891-1892 Electiondot.png Democratic
27 J. Wight Giddings 1893-1894 Ends.png Republican
28 Alfred Milnes 1895 Ends.png Republican
29 Joseph R. McLaughlin 1895-1896 Ends.png Republican
30 Thomas B. Dunstan 1897-1898 Ends.png Republican
31 Orrin W. Robinson 1899-1902 Ends.png Republican
32 Alexander Maitland 1903-1906 Ends.png Republican
33 Patrick H. Kelley 1907-1910 Ends.png Republican
34 John Q. Ross 1911-1914 Ends.png Republican
35 Luren D. Dickinson 1915-1920 Ends.png Republican
36 Luren D. Dickinson 1927-1932 Ends.png Republican
37 Allen E. Stebbins 1933-1934 Electiondot.png Democratic
38 Thomas Read 1935-1936 Ends.png Republican
39 Leo J. Nowicki 1937-1938 Electiondot.png Democratic
40 Luren D. Dickinson 1939 Ends.png Republican
41 Matilda R. Wilson 1940 Ends.png Republican
42 Frank Murphy 1941-1942 Electiondot.png Democratic
43 John W. Connolly 1943-1944 Ends.png Republican
44 Vernon J. Brown 1945-1946 Ends.png Republican
45 Eugene C. Keyes 1947-1948 Ends.png Republican
46 John W. Connolly 1949-1950 Electiondot.png Democratic
47 William C. Vandenburg 1951-1952 Ends.png Republican
48 Clarence A. Reid 1953-1954 Ends.png Republican
49 Phillip A. Hart 1955-1958 Electiondot.png Democratic
50 John B. Swainson 1959-1960 Electiondot.png Democratic
51 T. John Lesinski 1961-1964 Electiondot.png Democratic
52 William G. Milliken 1965-1969 Ends.png Republican
53 Thomas F. Schweigert 1970 Ends.png Republican
54 James H. Brickley 1971-1975 Ends.png Republican
55 James J. Damman 1975-1979 Ends.png Republican
56 James H. Brickley 1979-1983 Ends.png Republican
57 Martha W. Griffiths 1983-1991 Electiondot.png Democratic
58 Connie B. Binsfeld 1991-1999 Ends.png Republican
59 Dick Posthumus 1999-2002 Ends.png Republican
60 John D. Cherry 2003-2011 Electiondot.png Democratic
61 Brian Calley 2011- Ends.png Republican

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Contact information

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909

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