Lieutenant Governor of Florida

Lieutenant Governor of Florida

The position of Lieutenant Governor of Florida was restored with the 1968 revision of the Florida state constitution (See Article IV, Section 2). The position had existed for a few decades after Florida achieved statehood in 1845, then was abolished in a previous constitutional revision. The lieutenant governor is elected on the same party ticket as the gubernatorial candidate. Although gubernatorial candidates are not required to have a running mate for the primaries, the state constitution requires a 'joint candidacy' for the general election. Statewide elections for governor, lieutenant governor and the state cabinet take place every four years (even years but not divisible by four — in order to prevent presidential elections from overshadowing state elections).

To be eligible for election as lieutenant governor, a candidate must be at least 30 years old and a state resident for seven years.

Once elected, the lieutenant governor is first in the line of succession, serving upon vacancy in the office of governor. Prior to 1968, the president of the state senate was first in the line of succession.

According to the state constitution, the conditions for succession include impeachment or incapacity of the sitting governor. Incapacity is determined by state supreme court after recommendation by three cabinet members or otherwise certified by the governor with the state custodian of records (the Secretary of State of Florida).

Wayne Mixson and Buddy MacKay are two lieutenant governors who assumed the office of governor. Mixson become governor briefly when Bob Graham resigned to assume his elected seat in the U.S. Senate. MacKay completed the unfinished term of outgoing Governor Lawton Chiles when Chiles died in office.

List of Lieutenant Governors

ee also

*List of current United States Lieutenant Governors
*List of Governors of Florida


External links

* [ Manuscript Collections of Florida Lieutenant Governors]
* [ The Political Graveyard: Florida: Lieutenant Governors]

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