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{{GovLgov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor''' is a constitutional officer of the state of [[Wisconsin]]. The [[Lieutenant Governor|lieutenant governor]] is first in succession should the incumbent [[governor]] die, resign, or be removed from office. If the lieutenant governor becomes governor, he or she is required to nominate a new lieutenant governor. However, the successor must be confirmed by the [[Wisconsin Senate|Senate]] and the [[Wisconsin Assembly|Assembly]].
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There is no limit to the number of terms a lieutenant governor may hold. However, the lieutenant governor can be removed from office through an impeachment trial or resignation.
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Should the governor designate the lieutenant governor to a board or commission the lieutenant governor is given all the authority and responsibility granted by law to the governor.
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The current officeholder is [[Barbara Lawton]].
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==1979 Lt. Governor referendum==
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The voters of Wisconsin approved a referendum in a April 1979 referendum that changed the Lieutenant Governor's Office.  Before the changes approved by voters, the Lieutenant Governor served as the President of the [[Wisconsin State Senate]]<ref>[http://www.thewheelerreport.com/ ''The Wheeler Report'' "Obituary of former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Russell Olson", April 19, 2010](See April 19, 2010 Summary)</ref>.  Also, the 1979 referendum approved a line of succession that is stated in the [[Wisconsin Constitution]] which designates the Lieutenant Governor and the [[Wisconsin Secretary of State]] as the respective successors of the office in the event of the Governor's registration or death<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/statutes/wisconst.pdf ''State of Wisconsin'' "Wisconsin Constitution"](See Article V, Sections 7 and 8)</ref>.
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The proposition that made that change, Wisconsin Question 3, was passed narrowly by the voters of Wisconsin on April 3, 1979 by a margin of 372,734 to 327,008 votes<ref>[http://images.library.wisc.edu/WI/EFacs/WIBlueBks/BlueBks/WIBlueBk1979/reference/wi.wibluebk1979.i0016.pdf ''University of Wisconsin-Madison Library'' "Digital Library-Blue Book Collection](See Pages 888 to 890)</ref>.
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==Contact information==
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Office of the Lieutenant Governor<BR>
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19 East, State Capitol<BR>
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P.O. Box 2043<BR>
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Madison, WI 53702<BR>
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Phone:608-266-3516<BR>
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Fax:608-267-3571<BR>
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E-mail: ltgov@wisconsin.gov
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==See also==
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*[[Barbara Lawton|Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton]]
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*[[Wisconsin Governor]]
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*[[Wisconsin Attorney General]]
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*[[Wisconsin Secretary of State]]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.ltgov.state.wi.us/ ''Office of the Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor'']
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*[http://ltgov.wisconsin.gov/section.asp?linkid=1070&locid=126 ''About the office of the Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor'']
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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{{Current lieutenant governors}}
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{{Wisconsin}}
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[[Category:Wisconsin]]
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[[Category:Lieutenant Governor]]
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[[Category:State government articles]]

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The Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor is a constitutional officer of the state of Wisconsin. The lieutenant governor is first in succession should the incumbent governor die, resign, or be removed from office. If the lieutenant governor becomes governor, he or she is required to nominate a new lieutenant governor. However, the successor must be confirmed by the Senate and the Assembly.

There is no limit to the number of terms a lieutenant governor may hold. However, the lieutenant governor can be removed from office through an impeachment trial or resignation.

Should the governor designate the lieutenant governor to a board or commission the lieutenant governor is given all the authority and responsibility granted by law to the governor.

The current officeholder is Barbara Lawton.

1979 Lt. Governor referendum

The voters of Wisconsin approved a referendum in a April 1979 referendum that changed the Lieutenant Governor's Office. Before the changes approved by voters, the Lieutenant Governor served as the President of the Wisconsin State Senate[1]. Also, the 1979 referendum approved a line of succession that is stated in the Wisconsin Constitution which designates the Lieutenant Governor and the Wisconsin Secretary of State as the respective successors of the office in the event of the Governor's registration or death[2].

The proposition that made that change, Wisconsin Question 3, was passed narrowly by the voters of Wisconsin on April 3, 1979 by a margin of 372,734 to 327,008 votes[3].

Contact information

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
19 East, State Capitol
P.O. Box 2043
Madison, WI 53702
Phone:608-266-3516
Fax:608-267-3571
E-mail: ltgov@wisconsin.gov

See also

External links

References