Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Pennsylvania is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Pennsylvania. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 32nd and current lieutenant governor is Jim Cawley, a Republican elected in 2010.


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

Under Article IV, Section 4:

A Lieutenant Governor shall be chosen jointly with the Governor by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both offices, for the same term, and subject to the same provisions as the Governor...


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A candidate for the lieutenant governor must be:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of Pennsylvania for at least seven years

Additionally, the lieutenant governor may not hold Congressional office, any other office under the Commonwealth, or any federal office. The exception is that the lieutenant governor may be a reserve member of the National Guard.


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

Pennsylvania elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Pennsylvania, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the third Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 18, 2011 and January 20, 2015 are inaugural days.

In the event of a tie, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose the lieutenant governor from the two top vote getters.

If an election's outcome is contest, the members of both chambers of the legislature shall select members of the special Commission to resolve the contest.


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 14.

The President Pro Tem of the Pennsylvania State Senate takes over as Lieutenant Governor at any point when the elected Lieutenant Governor is unable to serve.

If the Lieutenant Governor has become Governor under Section 13, then the President Pro Tem becomes the new Lieutenant Governor and vacates her own Senate seat.

If the Lieutenant Governor's disability is temporary, the President Pro Tem serves as Acting Lieutenant Governor until the disability is removed.



The lieutenant governor presides in the Pennsylvania State Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor.

She also has such responsibilities and duties as the Governor may 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 $146,926 a year, the 2nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Contact information

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
200 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

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