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South Dakota Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $33,480
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  South Dakota Constitution, Article IV, Section V
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Matthew Michels.jpg
Name:  Matthew Michels
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 8, 2011
Compensation:  $120,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other South Dakota Executive Offices
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of South 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 South Dakota. 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 38th and current lieutenant governor is Matthew Michels, a Republican elected in 2010.[1]


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

Under Article IV, Section V:

The lieutenant governor shall perform the duties and exercise the powers that may be delegated to him by the Governor.


Current Governors
Gubernatorial Elections
Current Lt. Governors
Lt. Governor Elections
Breaking news

A candidate for the office of the lieutenant governor must be:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 21 years old
  • a resident of South Dakota for at least two years as of the election


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 6.

Anytime the office of the lieutenant governor is vacant, it falls to the governor to nominate a replacement, subject to legislative approval by a majority vote in each chamber.

If both executive offices are vacant, then the same line of succession used in the gubernatorial vacancy goes into effect, skipping over the vacant lieutenant governor's office.

For purposes of determining when a temporary absence has become a permanent vacancy, the Supreme Court of South Dakota has sole jurisdiction.


The lieutenant governor serves as President of the state Senate, though she has no vote unless the full Senate is evenly split on a vote and does not perform day-to-day duties in the chamber.

She also performs additional duties as delegated and appointed by the Governor and is the first officer in the line of succession is the governor's seat is temporarily or permanently vacant.

South Dakota's lieutenant governor usually serves as an adviser to the Governor's Executive Committee. She also sits on such boards and heads such special projects as her experience and skills dictate.


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State budget

The office of Lieutenant Governor had a budget of $33,480 for the 2014 fiscal year.[2]


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

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $120,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid $17,699 a year, the 42nd highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.


South Dakota state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

South Dakota elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For South Dakota, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days.

Full History

Historical officeholders

There have been 38 Lieutenant Governors of South Dakota since 1889. Of the 38 officeholders, 32 were Republican and 6 were Democrat.[3]

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Contact information

Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

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