List of current United States lieutenant governors

The lieutenant governor is the second-highest-ranking government official in 45 of the 50 U.S. States and four territories. In those states and territories, it is the first in the line of succession in case of a vacancy in the office of governor, while in the remaining states and territories another office holds that status. Currently, 26 states elect a lieutenant governor on a ticket with the governor, while 17 states elect a lieutenant governor separately. In West Virginia, the President of the Senate, as elected by the State Senators, serves as the state's lieutenant governor. In Tennessee, the State Senators elect a Speaker of the Senate, who in turn serves as lieutenant governor. Five states do not have a lieutenant governor. In the 50 states, District of Columbia, and 5 territories, there are currently 28 Democrats, 26 Republicans and two members of third parties, one with Vermont Progressive Party and one with Puerto Rico New Progressive Party.

Party affiliation of current United States lieutenant governors:
  Democratic
  Republican
  Progressive
  Position nonexistent
Party affiliation of current designated successors to the current United States governors:
  Democratic designated successor
  Republican designated successor
  Progressive designated successor
  New Progressive designated successor
Method for electing the lieutenant governor.
  Same ticket
  Same ticket in the general election, separate election in the primaries
  Separate election
  Elected by the state senate
  Position nonexistent

List of lieutenant governors by stateEdit

In the table below, "term ends" indicates the year the current lieutenant governor will leave office, or the year of the next election, whichever is first; a notation (term limits) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor is ineligible to seek re-election in that year. A notation of (retiring) after the year indicates that the current lieutenant governor is leaving office that year, having not sought re-election. A notation of (defeated) indicates that the current lieutenant governor was defeated for re-election.


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Democratic Progressive New Progressive Republican
State Picture Lieutenant governor Party Prior office(s) held Took office Term ends Chosen by[1]
  Alabama
(List)
  Will Ainsworth Republican Alabama House January 14, 2019 2023 Separate election
  Alaska
(List)
  Kevin Meyer Republican Alaska Senate
Alaska House
December 3, 2018 2022 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
  Arkansas
(List)
  Tim Griffin Republican U.S. House
U.S. Attorney
January 13, 2015 2023 (term limits) Separate election
  California
(List)
  Eleni Kounalakis Democratic United States Ambassador to Hungary January 7, 2019 2023 Separate election
  Colorado
(List)
  Dianne Primavera Democratic Colorado House January 8, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Connecticut
(List)
  Susan Bysiewicz Democratic Secretary of the State of Connecticut
Connecticut House
January 9, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
  Delaware
(List)
  Bethany Hall-Long Democratic Delaware Senate
Delaware House
January 17, 2017 2021 Separate election
  Florida
(List)
  Jeanette Núñez Republican Florida House January 8, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Georgia
(List)
  Geoff Duncan Republican Georgia House January 14, 2019 2023 Separate election
  Hawaii
(List)
  Josh Green Democratic Hawaii Senate
Hawaii House
December 3, 2018 2022 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
  Idaho
(List)
  Janice McGeachin Republican Idaho House January 7, 2019 2023 Separate election
  Illinois
(List)
  Juliana Stratton Democratic Illinois House January 14, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Indiana
(List)
  Suzanne Crouch Republican Auditor
Indiana House
January 9, 2017 2021 Same ticket
  Iowa
(List)
  Adam Gregg Republican Public Defender of Iowa January 18, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Kansas
(List)
  Lynn Rogers Democratic Kansas Senate January 14, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Kentucky
(List)
Jacqueline Coleman Democratic No prior offices December 10, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Louisiana
(List)
  Billy Nungesser Republican Plaquemines Parish President January 11, 2016 2024 Separate election
  Maryland
(List)
  Boyd Rutherford Republican Assistant USDA Secretary of Administration January 21, 2015 2023 Same ticket
  Massachusetts
(List)
  Karyn Polito Republican Massachusetts House January 8, 2015 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
  Michigan
(List)
  Garlin Gilchrist Democratic No prior offices January 1, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Minnesota
(List)
  Peggy Flanagan Democratic (DFL) Minnesota House January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Mississippi
(List)
  Delbert Hosemann Republican Mississippi Secretary of State January 14, 2020 2024 Separate election
  Missouri
(List)
  Mike Kehoe Republican Missouri Senate June 18, 2018 2021 Separate election
  Montana
(List)
  Mike Cooney Democratic Montana Senate
Secretary of State
Montana House
January 4, 2016 2021 (retiring) Same ticket
  Nebraska
(List)
  Mike Foley Republican Auditor
Nebraska Legislature
January 8, 2015 2023 Same ticket
  Nevada
(List)
  Kate Marshall Democratic Nevada State Treasurer January 7, 2019 2023 Separate election
  New Jersey
(List)
  Sheila Oliver Democratic New Jersey General Assembly January 16, 2018 2022 Same ticket
  New Mexico
(List)
  Howie Morales Democratic New Mexico Senate
Grant County Clerk
January 1, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
  New York
(List)
  Kathy Hochul Democratic U.S. House
Erie County Clerk
January 1, 2015 2022[2] Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
  North Carolina
(List)
  Dan Forest Republican No prior offices January 7, 2013 2021 (term limits) Separate election
  North Dakota
(List)
  Brent Sanford Republican Mayor of Watford City December 15, 2016 2020 Same ticket
  Ohio
(List)
  Jon A. Husted Republican Secretary of State
Ohio Senate
House Speaker
Ohio House
January 14, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Oklahoma
(List)
  Matt Pinnell Republican Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party January 14, 2019 2023 Separate election
  Pennsylvania
(List)
  John Fetterman Democratic Mayor of Braddock January 15, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries
  Rhode Island
(List)
  Daniel McKee Democratic Mayor of Cumberland January 6, 2015 2023 (term limits) Separate election
  South Carolina
(List)
  Pamela Evette Republican No prior offices January 9, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  South Dakota
(List)
  Larry Rhoden Republican South Dakota House Speaker January 5, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Tennessee
(List)
  Randy McNally Republican Tennessee Senate
Tennessee House
January 10, 2017 2023 State Senate[3]
  Texas
(List)
  Dan Patrick Republican Texas Senate January 20, 2015 2023 Separate election
  Utah
(List)
  Spencer Cox Republican Utah House October 17, 2013 2021 (retiring) Same ticket
  Vermont
(List)
  David Zuckerman Progressive Vermont Senate
Vermont House
January 5, 2017 2021 (retiring) Separate election
  Virginia
(List)
  Justin Fairfax Democratic No prior offices January 13, 2018 2022 Separate election
  Washington
(List)
  Cyrus Habib Democratic Washington Senate
Washington House
January 10, 2017 2021 (retiring) Separate election
  West Virginia
(List)
  Mitch Carmichael Republican West Virginia Senate
West Virginia House
January 16, 2017 2021 State Senate[4]
  Wisconsin
(List)
  Mandela Barnes Democratic Wisconsin Assembly January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket in the general elections;
Separate elections in the primaries

List of lieutenant governors by territoryEdit

Territory Picture Lieutenant governor Party Prior office(s) held Took office Seat up Chosen by[1]
  American Samoa
(List)
  Lemanu Peleti Mauga Democratic American Samoa Senate January 3, 2013 2021 Same ticket
  Guam
(List)
  Josh Tenorio Democratic No prior offices January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  Northern Mariana Islands
(List)
  Arnold Palacios Republican Northern Mariana Islands Senate January 14, 2019 2023 Same ticket
  United States Virgin Islands
(List)
  Tregenza Roach Democratic Legislature of the Virgin Islands January 7, 2019 2023 Same ticket

States which do not have lieutenant governorsEdit

Five states do not have a position of an official lieutenant governor. In these cases, the Secretary of State or the President of the Senate is next in line for the governorship.

State Office Picture Officeholder Party Prior office(s) held Took position
  Arizona
(List)
Secretary of State   Katie Hobbs Democratic Arizona Senate
Arizona House
January 7, 2019
  Maine
(List)
President of the Senate   Troy Jackson Democratic Maine Senate December 5, 2018
  New Hampshire
(List)
President of the Senate   Donna Soucy Democratic New Hampshire Senate
New Hampshire House
December 5, 2018
  Oregon
(List)
State Treasurer   Tobias Read
Democratic Oregon House January 3, 2017
First in the line of succession from February 26, 2019.
Secretary of State Beverly Clarno's status as
an appointee makes her ineligible for succession.
  Wyoming
(List)
Secretary of State Edward Buchanan Republican Wyoming House Speaker March 1, 2018

Federal district and territories which do not have lieutenant governorsEdit

One territory, Puerto Rico, places the Secretary of State next in line for the governorship. In the District of Columbia, the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia is first in line of succession in the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor of the District of Columbia.

Federal district
or territory
Office Picture Officeholder Party Prior Offices Held Took position
  District of Columbia
(List)
Chairman of the Council Phil Mendelson[5] Democratic DC Councilman
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner
June 13, 2012
  Puerto Rico
(List)
Secretary of State   Elmer Román New Progressive Puerto Rico Commissioner of Safety and Public Protection December 20, 2019

States and territories with differing party membership at the executive levelEdit

In most states or territories, the governor and lieutenant governor are members of the same political party. In the following states, the designated successor to the governorship is of a different political party than the governor:

State
or territory
Governor Designated
successor
Arizona Republican Democratic
Louisiana Democratic Republican
New Hampshire Republican Democratic
North Carolina Democratic Republican
Vermont Republican Progressive

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Executive Branch of the Several States". The Green Papers. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  2. ^ NY lieutenant gubernatorial terms begin at mid-night New Year's Day
  3. ^ The Tennessee Senate elects their speaker who serves as lieutenant governor. The full title of the office is Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate.
  4. ^ West Virginia Code 6A-1-4(b), as enacted in 2000, entitles the president of the West Virginia Senate to use the title Lieutenant Governor
  5. ^ Mendelson was initially appointed Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia after the position was vacated on June 6, 2012, due to the resignation of Kwame R. Brown. Brown had been charged in federal court with bank fraud and, after his resignation, was further charged in D.C. Superior Court with making an unlawful cash campaign expenditure. Mendelson was subsequently elected to complete Brown's term on November 6, 2013.

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