Table 4.13

Lieutenant Governors: Qualifications and Terms


FIPS State or other
jurisdiction
Minimum age State citizen
(years)
U.S. citizen
(years) (a)
State
resident
(years) (b)
Qualified
voter (years)
Length of
term (years)
Maximum terms
allowed
01Alabama*30710742 C
02Alaska3077742 C
04Arizona* (c)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
05Arkansas307742 T
06California*18542 T
08Colorado30242 C
09Connecticut*304
10Delaware*3012642 T
12Florida*30742 A
13Georgia*3010154
15Hawaii305542 C
16Idaho3024
17Illinois*2534
18Indiana304
19Iowa30224
20Kansas*42 C
21Kentucky30642 C
22Louisiana*255554
23Maine* (c)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
24Maryland304
25Massachusetts*74
26Michigan*304442 C (d)
27Minnesota*2514
28Mississippi*3020542 A
29Missouri*301015104
30Montana25242 (e)
31Nebraska305542 A
32Nevada252242 T
33New Hampshire* (c)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
34New Jersey302074
35New Mexico30542 C
36New York*3054
37North Carolina*305242 C
38North Dakota*3054
39Ohio1842 C
40Oklahoma311042 T
41Oregon* (c)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
42Pennsylvania*30742 C
44Rhode Island*1842 C
45South Carolina3055542 C
46South Dakota*21242 C
47Tennessee (f)30312
48Texas*3054
49Utah304
50Vermont*18442
51Virginia*30554
53Washington184
54West Virginia (g)*25552
55Wisconsin184
56Wyoming* (c)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
60American Samoa*35(h)542 C
66Guam*305542 C
69CNMI* **3542 T
72Puerto Rico* (c)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
78U.S. Virgin Islands*3055542 C

Source:

The Council of State Governments' survey of lt. governors' offices, 2022.

Notes:

This table includes constitutional and statutory qualifications.

Key:

* Information from The Council of State Governments’ survey of secretaries of state offices and review of state websites, 2021.
** Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
N/A — Not available.
✓ — Formal provision; number of years not specified.
✕ — No formal provision.
C — Consecutive terms.
T — Total terms.
2A — After 2 consecutive terms must wait one term before being eligible again.

Footnotes:

(a) In some states you must be a U.S. citizen to be an elector, and must be an elector to run.
(b) In some states you must be a state resident to be an elector, and must be an elector to run.
(c) No lieutenant governor.
(d) In 1993 a constitutional limit of two lifetime terms in the office was enacted.
(e) Eligible for eight out of 16 years
(f) In Tennessee, the speaker of the senate, elected from Senate membership, has statutory title of “lieutenant governor.”
(g) In West Virginia, the president of the senate and the lieutenant governor are one in the same. The legislature provided in statute the title of lieutenant governor upon the senate president. The senate president serves two-year terms, elected by the Senate on the first day of the first session of each two year legislative term.
(h) Must be a U.S. national.