Lieutenant Governor of Michigan

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Michigan Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
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
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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.


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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


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.

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.


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

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

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.

Contact information

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

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