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

Drew Wrigley.jpg
Name:  Drew Wrigley
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  December 7, 2010
Compensation:  $85,614
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of North Dakota is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of North Dakota. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 37th and current lieutenant governor is Drew Wrigley, a Republican appointed in 2010 when Jack Dalrymple succeeded to the governor's chair.


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

Under Article V, Section II:

The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor...


A candidate for lieutenant governor must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of North Dakota for at least five years
  • a duly registered elector of North Dakota


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

North Dakota elects lieutenant governors in the Presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For North Dakota, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the fifteenth of December following an election. Thus, December 15, 2012 and December 15, 2016 are inaugural days.

If two candidates are tied after the general election, a special joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among the two highest vote getters.


See also: North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Incumbent Jack Dalrymple (R) ran for election as governor to a full, four-year term in 2012. His running mate was Drew Wrigley, his current lieutenant governor. In the general election in November, they defeated Democrats Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee and two pairs of independent nominees, Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns and Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman.[1][2]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley Incumbent 63.1% 200,525
     Democratic Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee 34.3% 109,048
     independent Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman 1.7% 5,356
     independent Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns 0.8% 2,618
Total Votes 317,547
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article V, Section 11.

Anytime the Lieutenant Governor is unable, temporarily or permanently, to discharge the office, the secretary of State of North Dakota shall assume the office until the disability is removed.


The lieutenant governor's duty is to preside as president of the state Senate, and is responsible for legislative relations, the state budget and agri-business development.

They have such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


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See also: Compensation of state executive officers and 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 2012, the North Dakota Governor was paid an estimated $85,614. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0001

  • Phone:701.328.2200
  • Fax:701.328.2205

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