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The Lieutenant Governor of Washington is an elected office in the U.S. state of Washington. The incumbent is Cyrus Habib, a Democrat who began his term in January, 2017. The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Washington State Senate, fills in as acting governor whenever the governor leaves the state or is unable to serve, and accedes to the governorship in case of a vacancy.

Lieutenant Governor of Washington
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Incumbent
Cyrus Habib

since January 11, 2017
StyleThe Honorable
Term length4 Years
Inaugural holderCharles E. Laughton
FormationNovember 11, 1889
SuccessionFirst
Salary$101,889 (2016)[1]
Websitewww.ltgov.wa.gov

There have been 16 holders of the office, three of whom have ascended to the office of Governor of Washington. Prior to statehood, there were 10 Territorial Secretaries of State of Washington that acted in the Territorial Governor's absence, but were unable to ascend to Governor.[2]

List of lieutenant governors of WashingtonEdit

Parties

  Democratic (4)   Populist (1)   Republican (11)

# Lieutenant Governor Took office Left office Governor(s) served under Party Notes
1     Charles Laughton November 11, 1889 January 9, 1893 Elisha Peyre Ferry Republican
2   F. H. Luce January 9, 1893 January 11, 1897 John McGraw Republican
3   Thurston Daniels January 11, 1897 January 14, 1901 John Rankin Rogers Populist
4   Henry McBride January 14, 1901 December 26, 1901 Henry McBride Republican Became Governor upon the death of Gov. Rogers
Vacant (December 26, 1901 – January 9, 1905)
5   Charles E. Coon January 9, 1905 January 7, 1909 Albert E. Mead Republican
6   Marion E. Hay January 27, 1909 March 28, 1909 Samuel G. Cosgrove Republican Became Governor upon the death of Gov. Cosgrove
Vacant (March 28, 1909 – January 11, 1913)
7   Louis Folwell Hart January 11, 1913 February 13, 1919 Ernest Lister Republican Became Governor upon the death of Gov. Lister
Vacant (February 13, 1919 – January 10, 1921)
8   William J. Coyle January 10, 1921 January 12, 1925 Louis Folwell Hart Republican
9   W. Lon Johnson January 12, 1925 January 14, 1929 Roland H. Hartley Republican
10   John Arthur Gellatly January 14, 1929 January 9, 1933 Roland H. Hartley Republican
11   Victor A. Meyers January 9, 1933 January 12, 1953 Clarence D. Martin (Democratic)
Arthur B. Langlie (Republican)
Monrad C. Wallgren (Democratic)
Arthur B. Langlie (Republican)
Democratic
12   Emmett Anderson January 12, 1953 January 14, 1957 Arthur B. Langlie Republican
13   John A. Cherberg January 14, 1957 January 11, 1989 Albert Rosellini (Democratic)
Daniel J. Evans (Republican)
Dixy Lee Ray (Democratic)
John Spellman (Republican)
Booth Gardner (Democratic)
Democratic
14   Joel Pritchard January 11, 1989 January 15, 1997 Booth Gardner (Democratic)
Mike Lowry (Democratic)
Republican
15   Brad Owen January 15, 1997 January 10, 2017 Gary Locke
Christine Gregoire
Jay Inslee
Democratic
16   Cyrus Habib January 11, 2017 present Jay Inslee Democratic

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Living former lieutenant governorsEdit

As of January 2017, there is one former lieutenant governor alive. The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Joel Pritchard (1989–1997), on October 9, 1997.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2009-10 Salary Schedule, Adopted May 19, 2009" (PDF). Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 17, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO THE BEGINNING OF WASHINGTON'S STATEHOOD, NOVEMBER 11, 1889 Archived December 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.