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==See also==
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*[[John E. Walsh]]
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Montana Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $336,530
Term limits:  Two terms in 16 year period
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 1 the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Gen. John Walsh.jpg
Name:  John E. Walsh
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 7, 2013
Compensation:  $86,362
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Montana is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Montana. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms in any 16 year span.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The current lieutenant governor is John E. Walsh, a Democrat elected in 2012.


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

Under Article VI, Section I:

The executive branch includes a governor, lieutenant governor...


Current Governors
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A candidate for lieutenant governor must be:

  • at least 25 years of age or older at the time of election
  • a citizen of the United States
  • have resided within the state at least two years at his election


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

Montana elects lieutenant governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Montana, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 7, 2013 and January 2, 2017 are inaugural days.


See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Incumbent John Bohlinger (R) was prevented from running for re-election due to term limits. John E. Walsh (D), running on a ticket with Steve Bullock, defeated Jon Sonju (R), Marc Mulcahy (L), and Joni Oja (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Bullock and John E. Walsh 48.9% 236,450
     Republican Rick Hill and Jon Sonju 47.3% 228,879
     Libertarian Ron Vandevender and Marc Mulcahy 3.8% 18,160
Total Votes 483,489
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article VI, Section 6.

If the lieutenant governor's chair is vacant due to death, resignation, removal, disability, or succession to the governorship, the Governor shall appoint a new lieutenant governor.

If both the governor and lieutenant governor's chair are vacant, the legally provide line of succession goes into effect until the next scheduled general election, when both office will be elected.



Montana's Lieutenant Governor acts as governor in the event of the death, resignation, removal, impeachment, absence from the state, or incapacity due to illness of the governor of Montana. The lieutenant governor performs the duties provided by law and those delegated to him/her by the governor. However, the lieutenant governor cannot be delegated any duties specifically granted to the governor, as per the state constitution.

The lieutenant governor welcomes international visitors when the governor is unable to do so, serves on a number of state committees, and assists on a number of administration policy initiatives. Additionally, the lieutenant governor provides advice and counsel to the governor.[1]

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


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State budget

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $336,530.[2]


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.

As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $79,007 a year, the 29th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Lt. Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
PO Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-1901

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