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List of lieutenant governors of Colorado

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The Lieutenant Governor of Colorado is the second-highest-ranking member of the executive department of the Government of Colorado, United States, below the Governor of Colorado. The Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, who acts as Governor of Colorado in the absence of the officeholder and succeeds to the governorship in case of vacancy, is elected on a partisan ticket.

Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
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2010 Official Picture of Representative Dianne Primavera (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Dianne Primavera

since 8 January 2019
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderLafayette Head
Formation1877
Salary$93,360 per year
Website[1]

After the 1966 general election, the Constitution of Colorado was amended to require the joint election of governor and lieutenant governor — candidates running as a ticket.[1] Prior to this amendment, the lieutenant governor candidate was elected separately from the governor during the same election—sometimes resulting in a governor and a lieutenant governor from different political parties.

The current lieutenant governor is Dianne Primavera, a Democrat, who took office 8 January 2019.

Lieutenant GovernorsEdit

Lieutenant Governors of the State of Colorado
No. Lieutenant Governor Term in office Party Election Governor[a]
1   Lafayette Head August 1, 1876

January 14, 1879
Republican 1876   John Long Routt
2 Horace Tabor January 14, 1879

January 9, 1883
Republican 1878 Frederick Walker Pitkin
1880
3 William H. Meyer January 9, 1883

January 13, 1885
Republican 1882 James Benton Grant[b]
4 Peter W. Breene January 13, 1885

January 11, 1887
Republican 1884 Benjamin Harrison Eaton
5 Norman H. Meldrum January 11, 1887

January 8, 1889
Democratic 1886 Alva Adams
6 William Grover Smith January 8, 1889

January 13, 1891
Republican 1888 Job Adams Cooper
7 William Story January 13, 1891

January 10, 1893
Republican 1890 John Long Routt
8 David H. Nichols January 10, 1893

January 8, 1895
Populist 1892 Davis Hanson Waite
9 Jared L. Brush January 8, 1895

January 10, 1899
Republican 1894 Albert McIntire
1896 Alva Adams[b]
10 Francis Patrick Carney January 10, 1899

January 8, 1901
Populist 1898 Charles Spalding Thomas[b]
11 David C. Coates January 8, 1901

January 13, 1903
Democratic 1900 James Bradley Orman
12 Warren A. Haggott January 13, 1903

January 10, 1905
Republican 1902 James Hamilton Peabody
13 Arthur Cornforth January 10, 1905

March 17, 1905
Democratic 1904
[c]
Alva Adams
14 Jesse Fuller McDonald March 17, 1905

March 17, 1905
Republican James Hamilton Peabody
(13) Arthur Cornforth March 17, 1905

July 5, 1905
Democratic Jesse Fuller McDonald
15 Fred W. Parks July 5, 1905

January 8, 1907
Republican
16 Erastus Harper January 8, 1907

January 12, 1909
Republican 1906 Henry Augustus Buchtel
17 Stephen R. Fitzgarrald January 12, 1909

January 12, 1915
Democratic 1908 John F. Shafroth
1910
1912 Elias M. Ammons
18 Moses E. Lewis January 12, 1915

January 9, 1917
Republican 1914 George Alfred Carlson
19 James Pulliam January 9, 1917

January 14, 1919
Democratic 1916 Julius Caldeen Gunter
20 George Stephan January 14, 1919

January 11, 1921
Republican 1918 Oliver Henry Shoup
21 Earl Cooley January 11, 1921

January 9, 1923
Republican 1920
22 Robert F. Rockwell January 9, 1923

January 13, 1925
Republican 1922 William Ellery Sweet[b]
23 Sterling Byrd Lacy January 13, 1925

January 11, 1927
Democratic 1924 Clarence Morley[d]
24 George Milton Corlett January 11, 1927

January 13, 1931
Republican 1926 Billy Adams[b]
1928
25 Edwin C. Johnson January 13, 1931

January 10, 1933
Democratic 1930
26 Ray Herbert Talbot January 10, 1933

January 1, 1937
Democratic 1932 Edwin C. Johnson
1934
[e]
Vacant January 1, 1937

January 12, 1937
Ray Herbert Talbot
27 Frank Hayes January 12, 1937

January 10, 1939
Democratic 1936 Teller Ammons
28 John Charles Vivian January 10, 1939

January 12, 1943
Republican 1938 Ralph Lawrence Carr
1940
29 William Eugene Higby January 12, 1943

January 14, 1947
Republican 1942 John Charles Vivian
1944
30 Homer L. Pearson January 14, 1947

January 11, 1949
Democratic 1946 William Lee Knous
31 Walter Walford Johnson January 11, 1949

April 15, 1950
Democratic 1948
[f]
32 Charles P. Murphy April 15, 1950

January 9, 1951
Republican Walter Walford Johnson
33 Gordon Allott January 9, 1951

January 11, 1955
Republican 1950 Daniel I. J. Thornton
1952
34 Stephen McNichols January 11, 1955

January 8, 1957
Democratic 1954 Edwin C. Johnson
35 Frank L. Hays January 8, 1957

January 13, 1959
Republican 1956 Stephen McNichols
36 Robert Lee Knous January 13, 1959

January 10, 1967
Democratic 1958
1962 John Arthur Love[d]
37 Mark Anthony Hogan January 10, 1967

January 12, 1971
Democratic 1966[d]
38 John D. Vanderhoof January 12, 1971

July 16, 1973
Republican 1970
[g]
39 Ted L. Strickland July 16, 1973

January 14, 1975
Republican John D. Vanderhoof
40 George L. Brown January 14, 1975

January 10, 1979
Democratic 1974 Richard Lamm
41 Nancy E. Dick January 10, 1979

January 13, 1987
Democratic 1978
1982
42 Mike Callihan January 13, 1987

May 10, 1994
Democratic 1986 Roy Romer
1990
Vacant May 10, 1994

May 11, 1994
43 Samuel H. Cassidy May 11, 1994

January 3, 1995
Democratic
44 Gail Schoettler January 3, 1995

January 12, 1999
Democratic 1994
45 Joe Rogers January 12, 1999

January 14, 2003
Republican 1998 Bill Owens
46 Jane E. Norton January 14, 2003

January 9, 2007
Republican 2002
47 Barbara O'Brien January 9, 2007

January 11, 2011
Democratic 2006 Bill Ritter
48 Joseph García January 11, 2011

May 12, 2016
Democratic 2010 John Hickenlooper
2014
[h]
49 Donna Lynne May 12, 2016

January 8, 2019
Democratic
50 Dianne Primavera January 8, 2019

present
Democratic 2018
[i]
Jared Polis

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Lieutenant governors represented the same party as their governor unless noted.
  2. ^ a b c d e Represented the Democratic Party.
  3. ^ The 1904 gubernatorial election was rife with fraud and controversy. Adams and Cornforth won election, but soon after Adams took office the Republican legislature declared Peabody to be the actual winner, on the condition that Peabody immediately resign. Since Peabody had been governor for a few moments before resigning, it was his lieutenant governor, McDonald, that succeeded to the governorship. Cornforth, as president pro tempore of the senate, acted as lieutenant governor until the Colorado Supreme Court declared that Parks, who had been elected president pro tempore of the senate on April 3, 1905, was the rightful acting lieutenant governor.[2]
  4. ^ a b c Represented the Republican Party.
  5. ^ Johnson resigned and Talbot succeeded him, rendering the office vacant for the remainder of the term.
  6. ^ Knous resigned and Johnson succeeded him; as president of the senate, Murphy succeeded Johnson.
  7. ^ Love resigned and Vanderhoof succeeded him; as president of the senate, Strickland succeeded Vanderhoof.
  8. ^ García resigned to be President of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; Lynne was nominated and confirmed to succeed him.
  9. ^ Primavera's first term expires on January 10, 2023.

ReferencesEdit

General
  • Mike Mauer, Molly Otto, Gay Roesch, "Presidents and Speakers of the Colorado General Assembly." Denver: Colorado Legislative Council, 2013. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-08-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Constitutions
Specific
  1. ^ Oesterle, Dale A.; Collins, Richard B. (2011). The Colorado State Constitution. Oxford University Press. p. 102. ISBN 9780199778843.
  2. ^ "Cornforth is Deposed, Parks Lieutenant Governor". New Castle, Colorado: New Castle Nonpareil. July 8, 1905. Retrieved November 28, 2018.

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