- Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Michigan Appointer Popularly Elected With the Governor Term length 4 Years Inaugural holder Edward Mundy Formation January 26, 1837 Website michigan.gov/ltgov President of Senate of the State of Michigan Appointer ex officio Term length 4 Years Inaugural holder Edward Mundy Formation January 26, 1837 Website michigan.gov/ltgov
The Lieutenant Governor of Michigan is the second-ranking official in U.S. state of Michigan, behind the governor, and one of four great offices of state. The holder of this office is afforded the courtesy title of the Honorable (abbreviated to Hon. or Hon'ble) for life.
The current lieutenant governor is Brian Calley, a Republican, who has held the office since January 1, 2011.
How the Lieutenant Governor is elected
In Michigan, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected as a ticket to serve a term of four years. The election takes place two years after each presidential election; thus, the next election will take place on November 4, 2014.
Following the August primary election in each gubernatorial election year, the state's two largest political parties convene a state convention and nominate candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general, among other offices. Because the governor and lieutenant governor are elected as a ticket, the party's gubernatorial nominee usually makes the de facto decision as to whom the party will nominate for lieutenant governor, then convention delegates officially confirm the designation.
Historically, the governor and lieutenant governor were elected separately, leading to occasions where Republicans controlled one office and the Democrats another (as with George Romney and T. John Lesinski). This changed with the Michigan Constitution of 1963.
Election and inauguration
After the November general election, the governor and lieutenant governor take office on January 1. Thus, the winners of the 2010 election began their term on January 1, 2011.
Like the governor, the lieutenant governor is allowed to serve up to two terms in office.
Duties of the Lieutenant Governor
There are three main duties assigned to the lieutenant governor: (1) to serve as acting governor while the governor is out of state; (2) to become governor in the event that the governor is unable to serve due to death, illness or incapacitation; and (3) to preside over the Michigan Senate.
These days, the lieutenant governor also acts as an assistant to the governor. When the governor is unable to attend a function, for instance, the lieutenant governor may be sent in place of the governor. The lieutenant governor will also occasionally head blue-ribbon commissions into pressing public policy issues.
List of Lieutenant Governors
1 Edward Mundy D 1835-1840 2 James Wright Gordon W 1840-1841 3 Thomas J. Drake W 1841 4 Origen D. Richardson W 1842-1846 5 William L. Greenly D 1846-1847 6 Charles P. Bush D 1847 7 William M. Fenton D 1848-1851 8 Calvin Britain D 1852-1853 9 Andrew Parsons D 1853 10 George Griswold D 1853-1855 11 George Coe R 1855-1859 12 Edmund B. Fairfield R 1859-1861 13 James M. Birney R 1861 14 Joseph R. Williams R 1861 15 Henry T. Backus R 1861-1863 16 Charles S. May R 1863-1865 17 Ebenezer O. Grosvenor R 1865-1867 18 Dwight May R 1867-1869 19 Morgan Bates R 1869-1873 20 Henry H. Holt R 1873-1877 21 Alonzo Sessions R 1877-1881 22 Moreau S. Crosby R 1881-1885 23 Archibald Buttars R 1885-1887 24 James H. MacDonald R 1887-1889 25 William Ball R 1889 26 John Strong D 1891-1893 27 J. Wight Giddings R 1893-1895 28 Alfred Milnes R 1895 29 Joseph R. McLaughlin R 1895-1897 30 Thomas B. Dunstan R 1897-1899 31 Orrin W. Robinson R 1899-1903 32 Alexander Maitland R 1903-1907 33 Patrick H. Kelley R 1907-1911 34 John Q. Ross R 1911-1915 35 Luren D. Dickinson R 1915-1921 36 Thomas Read R 1921-1925 37 George W. Welsh R 1925-1927 38 Luren D. Dickinson R 1927-1933 39 Allen E. Stebbins D 1933-1935 40 Thomas Read R 1935-1937 41 Leo J. Nowicki D 1937-1939 42 Luren D. Dickinson R 1939 43 Matilda Dodge Wilson R 1940-41 44 Frank Murphy D 1941-1943 45 Eugene C. Keyes R 1943-1945 46 Vernon J. Brown R 1945-1947 47 Eugene C. Keyes R 1947-1949 48 John W. Connolly D 1949-1951 49 William C. Vandenberg R 1951-1953 50 Clarence A. Reid R 1953-1955 51 Philip A. Hart D 1955-1959 52 John B. Swainson D 1959-1961 53 T. John Lesinski D 1961-1965 54 William G. Milliken R 1965-1969 55 Thomas F. Schweigert R 1970 56 James H. Brickley R 1971-1975 57 James Damman R 1975-1979 58 James H. Brickley R 1979-1983 59 Martha W. Griffiths D 1983-1991 60 Connie Binsfeld R 1991-1999 61 Dick Posthumus R 1999-2003 62 John D. Cherry, Jr. D 2003-2011 63 Brian Calley R 2011-present
- ^ Gordon became acting governor on February 24, 1841, after William Woodbridge resigned to take a seat in the united States Senate. Succession prescribed by the Michigan Constitution of 1835, article 5, §13.
- ^ a b The president pro tem of the Michigan Senate was elected to perform the lieutenant governor’s duties as president of the senate. Under the 1835 constitution, the lieutenant governor had no specifically defined duties other than presiding over the senate and as filling in as acting governor. See Michigan Constitution of 1835, article 5, §14 and 15.
- ^ Greenly became acting governor on March 4, 1847 after Alpheus Felch resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate.
- ^ Under the provisions of the Michigan Constitution of 1850, article 4, §34, and article 5, §3, and Act 175 of the Extra Session of 1851, Laws of Michigan, Britain was elected for a single 1-year term in 1851.
- ^ Parsons became acting governor on March 8, 1853, after Robert McClelland resigned to become Secretary of the Interior under Franklin Pierce. See Michigan Constitution of 1850, article 5, §12.
- ^ a b c d e The president pro tem of the Michigan Senate was elected to perform the lieutenant governor’s duties as president of the senate. Under the 1850 constitution, the lieutenant governor had no specifically defined duties other than presiding over the senate and as filling in as acting governor. See Michigan Constitution of 1850, article 5, §13 and 14.
- ^ Birney resigned April 3, 1861 after being appointed by Governor Moses Wisner to fill a vacancy on the 10th Circuit Court.
- ^ Williams died June 15, 1861.
- ^ MacDonald died January 19, 1889.
- ^ Milnes resigned May 31, 1895, to become U.S. Representative to Congress.
- ^ Dickinson became acting governor upon death of Frank D. Fitzgerald, March 16, 1939. See Michigan Constitution of 1908, article 6, §16, and Opinion of the Attorney General, 1939-1940, p. 69.
- ^ Wilson was appointed November 14, 1940, by acting Governor Dickinson. There is some question as to whether Matilda R. Wilson became, in fact, lieutenant governor during the last 6 weeks of Luren D. Dickinson’s term as acting governor. See Opinion of the Attorney General, 1939-1940, p. 69.
- ^ Lesinski, although a Democrat, was elected for his second term with George W. Romney, a Republican, defeating his running mate.
- ^ Milliken was the first lieutenant governor to be elected as part of a single party ticket; in 1966, he was the first lieutenant governor elected to a 4-year term; he became governor upon the resignation of George W. Romney January 22, 1969, to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Richard Nixon. See Michigan Constitution of 1963, article 5, §§21 and 26, and schedule §5.
- ^ Schweigert served March 20 to December 31, 1970. See Opinion of the Attorney General, No. 4625, April 22, 1968, and Act 8 of 1969.
- Office of the Lieutenant Governor
- Lt. Governor Cherry's reelection page
- Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education & Economic Growth
Current lieutenant governors U.S. states and territoriesand next-in-line of succession for states and territories without lieutenant governors or where the office is vacant AL Ivey (R) AK Treadwell (R) AZ Bennett (R)1 AR Darr (R) CA Newsom (D) CO Garcia (D) CT Wyman (D) DE Denn (D) FL Carroll (R) GA Cagle (R) HI Schatz (D) ID Little (R) IL Simon (D) IN Skillman (R) IA Reynolds (R) KS Colyer (R) KY Mongiardo (D) LA Dardenne (R) ME Raye (R)2 MD Brown (D) MA Murray (D) MI Calley (R) MN Solon (D) MS Bryant (R) MO Kinder (R) MT Bohlinger (R) NE Sheehy (R) NV Krolicki (R) NH Bragdon (R)2 NJ Guadagno (R) NM Sanchez (R) NY Duffy (D) NC Dalton (D) ND Wrigley (R) OH Taylor (R) OK Lamb (R) OR Brown (D)1 PA Cawley (R) RI Roberts (D) SC Ard (R) SD Michels (R) TN Ramsey (R)2 TX Dewhurst (R) UT Bell (R) VT Scott (R) VA Bolling (R) WA Owen (D) WV Kessler (D)2 WI Kleefisch (R) WY Maxfield (R)1 DC Brown (D)3
AS Sunia (D) GU Tenorio (R) MP Inos (C) PR McClintock (D)1 VI Francis (D)
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