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List of lieutenant governors of Ohio

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The position of lieutenant governor of Ohio was established in 1852.[1] The lieutenant governor becomes governor if the governor resigns, dies in office or is removed by impeachment. Before 1852, the president of the Ohio State Senate would serve as acting governor if a vacancy in the governorship occurred. Until 1978, lieutenant governors were elected separately but concurrently with the governor (not on a "ticket"). Thus, there were several occasions when the lieutenant governor was from a different party than the governor. This was changed by constitutional amendment. In 1974, Richard F. Celeste was the last lieutenant governor to be elected separately. In 1978, George Voinovich became the first lieutenant governor to be elected on the same ticket with the governor.

Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Seal of the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.svg
LtGov-Jon-Husted (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Jon Husted

since January 14, 2019
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years, two consecutive with four-year pause thereafter
Inaugural holderWilliam Medill (1852)
FormationOhio Constitution
Salary$78,041
WebsiteOfficial website

From 1852 to 1979, the lieutenant governor also served as the president of the Ohio State Senate. More recently, Ohio governors have generally named the lieutenant governor to head an agency of state government. An example of this is Bruce Edward Johnson, who served as Director of the Ohio Department of Development, as did his successor, Lee Fisher. Current Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was the director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, until she was replaced by Jillian Froment in 2017.

The 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, Warren G. Harding, later served as 29th President of the United States.

List of lieutenant governorsEdit

Parties

  Democratic   Republican

# Lt. Governor Took office Left office Party Notes
1   William Medill (1802–1865) January 12, 1852 July 13, 1853 Democratic became governor
July 13, 1853
vacant July 13, 1853 January 9, 1854 vacant
2   James Myers (1795–1864) January 9, 1854 January 14, 1856 Democratic  
3   Thomas H. Ford (1814–1868) January 14, 1856 January 11, 1858 Republican  
4   Martin Welker (1819–1902) January 11, 1858 January 9, 1860 Republican  
5   Robert C. Kirk (1821–1898) January 9, 1860 January 13, 1862 Republican  
6   Benjamin Stanton (1809–1872) January 13, 1862 January 11, 1864 Republican  
7   Charles Anderson (1814–1895) January 11, 1864 August 29, 1865 Republican
vacant August 29, 1865 January 8, 1866 vacant
8   Andrew McBurney (1817–1894) January 8, 1866 January 13, 1868 Republican  
9   John C. Lee (1828–1891) January 13, 1868 January 8, 1872 Republican  
10   Jacob Mueller (1822–1905) January 8, 1872 January 12, 1874 Republican  
11   Alphonso Hart (1830–1910) January 12, 1874 January 10, 1876 Republican  
12   Thomas Lowry Young (1832–1888) January 10, 1876 March 2, 1877 Republican
13   H. W. Curtiss (1824–1902) March 2, 1877 January 14, 1878 Republican (acting)
14   Jabez W. Fitch (1823–1884) January 14, 1878 January 12, 1880 Democratic  
15   Andrew Hickenlooper (1837–1904) January 12, 1880 January 9, 1882 Republican  
16   Rees G. Richards (1842–1917) January 9, 1882 January 14, 1884 Republican  
17   John George Warwick (1830–1892) January 14, 1884 January 11, 1886 Democratic  
18   Robert P. Kennedy (1840–1918) January 11, 1886 March 3, 1887 Republican  
19   Silas A. Conrad (1840–1913) March 3, 1887 January 9, 1888 Republican  
20   William C. Lyon (1841–1908) January 9, 1888 January 13, 1890 Republican  
21   Elbert L. Lampson (1852–1930) January 13, 1890 January 31, 1890 Republican  
22   William V. Marquis (1828–1899) January 31, 1890 January 11, 1892 Democratic  
23   Andrew L. Harris (1835–1915) January 11, 1892 January 13, 1896 Republican  
24   Asa W. Jones (1838–1918) January 13, 1896 January 8, 1900 Republican  
25   John A. Caldwell (1852–1927) January 8, 1900 January 13, 1902 Republican  
26   Carl L. Nippert (1852–1904) January 13, 1902 May 1, 1902 (Resigned) Republican resigned May 1, 1902
vacant May 1, 1902 June 26, 1902 vacant
27   Harry L. Gordon (1860–1921) June 26, 1902 January 11, 1904 Republican  
28   Warren G. Harding (1865–1923) January 11, 1904 January 8, 1906 Republican  
29   Andrew L. Harris (2nd) (1835–1915) January 8, 1906 June 18, 1906 (Resigned) Republican
vacant June 18, 1906 January 11, 1909 vacant
30   Francis W. Treadway (1869–1925) January 11, 1909 January 9, 1911 Republican  
31   Atlee Pomerene (1863–1937) January 9, 1911 March 3, 1911 Democratic resigned to become
United States Senator
32   Hugh L. Nichols (1865–1942) March 3, 1911 January 13, 1913 Democratic  
33   W. A. Greenlund (1873–1935) January 13, 1913 January 11, 1915 Democratic  
34   John H. Arnold (1862–1944) January 11, 1915 January 8, 1917 Republican  
35   Earl D. Bloom (1871–1930) January 8, 1917 January 12, 1919 Democratic  
36   Clarence J. Brown Sr. (1893–1965) January 12, 1919 January 8, 1923 Republican  
37   Earl D. Bloom (2nd) (1871–1930) January 8, 1923 January 12, 1925 Democratic  
38   Charles H. Lewis (1871–1965) January 12, 1925 January 10, 1927 Republican  
39   Earl D. Bloom (3rd) (1871–1930) January 10, 1927 April 1928 Democratic  
40.   William G. Pickrel (1888–1966) April 1928 November 1928 Democratic  
41   George C. Braden (1868–1942) November 1928 January 14, 1929 Republican  
42   John T. Brown (1876–1951) January 14, 1929 January 12, 1931 Republican  
43   William G. Pickrel (2nd) (1888–1966) January 12, 1931 January 9, 1933 Democratic  
44   Charles W. Sawyer (1887–1979) January 9, 1933 January 14, 1935 Democratic  
45   Harold G. Mosier (1889–1971) January 14, 1935 January 11, 1937 Democratic  
46   Paul P. Yoder (1897–1965) January 11, 1937 January 9, 1939 Democratic  
47   Paul M. Herbert (1889–1983) January 9, 1939 January 8, 1945 Republican  
48   George D. Nye (1898–1969) January 8, 1945 January 13, 1947 Democratic  
49   Paul M. Herbert (2nd) (1889–1983) January 13, 1947 January 10, 1949 Republican  
50   George D. Nye (2nd) (1898–1969) January 10, 1949 January 12, 1953 Democratic  
51   John William Brown (1913–1993) January 12, 1953 January 3, 1957 Republican
vacant January 3, 1957 January 14, 1957 vacant
52   Paul M. Herbert (3rd) (1889–1983) January 14, 1957 January 12, 1959 Republican  
53   John W. Donahey (1905–1967) January 12, 1959 January 14, 1963 Democratic  
54   John William Brown (1913–1993) January 14, 1963 January 13, 1975 Republican  
55   Dick Celeste
(b. 1937)
January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979 Democratic  
56   George Voinovich (1936–2016) January 8, 1979 November 1979 (Resigned) Republican resigned to become
Mayor of Cleveland
vacant November 1979 January 10, 1983 vacant
57   Myrl H. Shoemaker (1913–1985) January 10, 1983 July 30, 1985 (Died) Democratic (died in office)
vacant July 30, 1985 January 12, 1987 vacant
58   Paul R. Leonard
(b. 1943)
January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991 Democratic  
59   Mike DeWine
(b. 1947)
January 14, 1991 November 1994 Republican (elected to U.S. Senate)
vacant November 1994 January 9, 1995 vacant
60   Nancy P. Hollister
(b. 1949)
January 9, 1995 December 31, 1998 (Resigned) Republican (Elevated to Governor)
vacant December 31, 1998 January 11, 1999 vacant
61   Maureen O'Connor
(b. 1951)
January 11, 1999 December 31, 2002 (Resigned) Republican resigned to become
Supreme Court Justice
vacant January 1, 2003 January 13, 2003 vacant
62 Jennette Bradley
(b. 1952)
January 13, 2003 January 5, 2005 Republican (Appointed State Treasurer)
63   Bruce E. Johnson
(b. 1960)
January 5, 2005 December 8, 2006 (Resigned) Republican resigned
December 8, 2006
vacant December 8, 2006 January 8, 2007 vacant
64   Lee Fisher
(b. 1951)
January 8, 2007 January 10, 2011 Democratic
65   Mary Taylor
(b. 1966)
January 10, 2011 January 14, 2019 Republican
66   Jon A. Husted
(b. 1967)
January 14, 2019 present Republican

Living former lieutenant governorsEdit

As of January 2019, nine former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Dick Celeste (1975–1979, born 1937). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of George Voinovich (served 1979), on June 12, 2016. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Myrl Shoemaker (served 1983–1985), who died in office on July 30, 1985.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Dick Celeste 1975–1979 (1937-11-11) November 11, 1937 (age 81)
Paul R. Leonard 1987–1991 (1943-07-03) July 3, 1943 (age 76)
Mike DeWine 1991–1994 (1947-01-05) January 5, 1947 (age 72)
Nancy P. Hollister 1995–1998 (1949-05-22) May 22, 1949 (age 70)
Maureen O'Connor 1999–2002 (1951-08-07) August 7, 1951 (age 68)
Jennette Bradley 2003–2005 (1952-10-02) October 2, 1952 (age 66)
Bruce E. Johnson 2005–2006 (1960-05-25) May 25, 1960 (age 59)
Lee Fisher 2007–2011 (1951-08-07) August 7, 1951 (age 68)
Mary Taylor 2011–2019 (1966-03-07) March 7, 1966 (age 53)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Husted, Jon. "Lieutenant Governors of the State of Ohio: 1852 - present". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved January 24, 2012.