Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma

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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Oklahoma is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Oklahoma. 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 16th and current lieutenant governor is Todd Lamb, a Republican elected in 2010.


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

Under Article VI, Section 1A:

The Executive authority of the state shall be vested in a Governor, Lieutenant Governor...


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A candidate for the lieutenant governorship must be:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 31 years old
  • a resident of Oklahoma for at least 10 years


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

Oklahoma elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Oklahoma, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 10, 2011 and January 12, 2015 are inaugural days.

Oklahoma voters cast a separate ballot for governor and lieutenant governor. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor in Oklahoma must conduct separate campaigns.


Details of vacancies are addressed under Article VI, Section 15.

At any time when the office of the Lieutenant Governor becomes vacant, the President Pro Tem of the Oklahoma State Senate succeeds.



The lieutenant governor is the first in line to become the new Governor of Oklahoma upon the death, resignation, or removal of the governor. The lieutenant governor also serves as the president of the Oklahoma State Senate, and may cast the tie breaking votes in that chamber.

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


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 $114,713 a year, the 13th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Contact information

Capitol building
2300 North Lincoln Blvd. Suite 211
Oklahoma City, 73105

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.