Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

The lieutenant governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The lieutenant governor is elected for a four-year term in the same year as the governor. Each party picks a candidate for lieutenant governor independently of the gubernatorial primary. The winners of the party primaries are then teamed together as a single ticket for the fall general election.[2] John Fetterman is the incumbent lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor presides in the Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor.

The office of lieutenant governor was created by the Constitution of 1873. As with the governor's position, the Constitution of 1968 made the lieutenant governor eligible to succeed himself or herself for one additional four-year term.[3] The position's only official duties are serving as president of the state senate and chairing the Board of Pardons and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council. Lieutenant governors often work on additional projects and have a full schedule of community and speaking events. Pennsylvania is the only state that provides a residence (the "State House" at Fort Indiantown Gap) for its lieutenant governor.[4] Constructed in 1940 and previously the governor's "summer residence", it became available for Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor in 1968 when the current governor's residence was completed in Harrisburg.[3]

Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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John Fetterman

since January 15, 2019
Term lengthFour years
renewable once
Inaugural holderJohn Latta
Salary$157,765 (2014)[1]

List of lieutenant governors


  Democratic (10)   Republican (24)

# Name Term Governor(s) served under Party
1 John Latta 1875–1879 John F. Hartranft Democrat
2 Charles Warren Stone 1879–1883 Henry M. Hoyt Republican
3 Chauncey Forward Black 1883–1887 Robert E. Pattison Democratic
4 William T. Davies 1887–1891 James A. Beaver Republican
5 Louis Arthur Watres 1891–1895 Robert E. Pattison Republican
6 Walter Lyon 1895–1899 Daniel H. Hastings Republican
7 John P. S. Gobin 1899–1903 William A. Stone Republican
8 William M. Brown 1903–1907 Samuel W. Pennypacker Republican
9 Robert S. Murphy 1907–1911 Edwin Sydney Stuart Republican
10 John M. Reynolds 1911–1915 John K. Tener Republican
11 Frank B. McClain 1915–1919 Martin Grove Brumbaugh Republican
12 Edward E. Beidleman 1919–1923 William Cameron Sproul Republican
13 David J. Davis 1923–1927 Gifford Pinchot Republican
14 Arthur H. James 1927–1931 John Stuchell Fisher Republican
15 Edward C. Shannon 1931–1935 Gifford Pinchot Republican
16 Thomas Kennedy 1935–1939 George Howard Earle III Democratic
17 Samuel S. Lewis 1939–1943 Arthur James Republican
18 John Cromwell Bell, Jr. 1943–1947 Edward Martin Republican
19 Daniel B. Strickler 1947–1951 James H. Duff Republican
20 Lloyd H. Wood 1951–1955 John S. Fine Republican
21 Roy E. Furman 1955–1959 George M. Leader Democratic
22 John Morgan Davis 1959–1963 David L. Lawrence Democratic
23 Raymond P. Shafer 1963–1967 William Scranton Republican
24 Raymond J. Broderick 1967–1971 Raymond P. Shafer Republican
25 Ernest P. Kline 1971–1979 Milton Shapp Democratic
26 William Scranton, III 1979–1987 Dick Thornburgh Republican
27 Mark Singel 1987–1995 Robert P. Casey Democratic
28 Mark S. Schweiker 1995–2001 Tom Ridge Republican
29 Robert C. Jubelirer 2001–2003 Mark S. Schweiker Republican
30 Catherine Baker Knoll 2003–2008 Ed Rendell Democratic
31 Joseph B. Scarnati III 2008–2011 Ed Rendell Republican
32 Jim Cawley 2011–2015 Tom Corbett Republican
33 Mike Stack 2015–2019 Tom Wolf Democratic
34 John Fetterman 2019–present Tom Wolf Democratic

Living former Lieutenant Governors of Pennsylvania

As of January 2019, seven former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Pennsylvania were alive, the oldest being Robert C. Jubelirer (served 2001–2003, born 1937). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania was that of Ernest P. Kline (served 1971–1979, born 1929), on May 13, 2009. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Catherine Baker Knoll (served 2003–2008), who died in office on November 12, 2008.[5]

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
William Scranton III 1979–1987 July 20, 1947 (age 71)
Mark Singel 1987–1995 September 12, 1953 (age 65)
Mark S. Schweiker 1995–2001 January 31, 1953 (age 65)
Robert C. Jubelirer 2001–2003 February 9, 1937 (age 81)
Joseph B. Scarnati III 2008–2011 January 2, 1962 (age 57)
Jim Cawley 2011–2015 June 22, 1969 (age 49)
Mike Stack 2015–2019 June 5, 1963 (age 55)

Vice-presidents of Pennsylvania

From 1777 to 1790 the executive branch of Pennsylvania's state government was headed by a Supreme Executive Council consisting of a representative of each county and of the City of Philadelphia. The Vice President of the Council—also known as the Vice-President of Pennsylvania—held a position analogous to the modern office of Lieutenant Governor. Presidents and Vice-Presidents were elected to one-year terms and could serve up to three years—the full length of their regular term as Counsellor. Ten men served as Vice-President during the time of the Council's existence.


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  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Election Process". The Morning Call. January 21, 2005. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "RG-64, Records of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Agency History". Pennsylvania State Archives. Archived from the original on November 22, 2002. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Walmer, Daniel (April 21, 2017). "Pa. has US's only Lt. Gov. mansion. Is it worth the cost?". Lebanon Daily News. Gannett. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Gurman, Sadie and Tom Barnes (13 November 2008), "Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll Dies at Age 78", Pittsburgh Post Gazette, accessed September 21, 2016.
2002 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election

The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 2002 was held on November 5, 2002, and included the races for the governor and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

2014 Pennsylvania lieutenant gubernatorial election

The Pennsylvania lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2014 took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the winners of the lieutenant gubernatorial primary elections join the ticket of their party's gubernatorial nominee.

Primary elections were held on May 20, 2014. Incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley was renominated unopposed and ran for re-election to a second term on a ticket with incumbent Governor Tom Corbett. The Democratic nominee was State Senator Michael J. Stack III, who was businessman Tom Wolf's running mate. Wolf and Stack defeated Corbett and Cawley in the general election.

Chauncey Forward Black

Chauncey Forward Black (November 24, 1839 – December 2, 1904) was the third Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1883 to 1887. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1886.

Edward C. Shannon

Edward C. Shannon (June 24, 1870 – May 20, 1946) was the 15th lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania from 1931 to 1935.

Edward E. Beidleman

Edward Ensinger Beidleman (July 8, 1873 – April 9, 1929) was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1919 to 1923.

Beidleman was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was a member of Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1905 to 1906, and a member of Pennsylvania State Senate from 1913 to 1919. He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania in 1924.

Ernest Kline

Ernest P. "Ernie" Kline (June 20, 1929 – May 13, 2009) was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate and the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

Jim Cawley

James Cawley (born June 22, 1969) is an American politician who was the 32nd lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, from 2011 to 2015. A Republican, he previously served on the Board of Commissioners of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

John C. Bell Jr.

John Cromwell Bell Jr. (October 25, 1892 – March 18, 1974) was an American lawyer, politician, and judge. He was the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania (1943–1947) before becoming the 33rd and shortest-serving Governor of Pennsylvania, serving for nineteen days in 1947. He was later a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1950–1972), serving as Chief Justice from 1961 to 1972.

John Morgan Davis

John Morgan Davis (August 9, 1906 – March 8, 1984) was the 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1959 to 1963 and later was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Lloyd H. Wood

Lloyd H. Wood (October 25, 1896 – February 14, 1964) was the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1951 to 1955. He previously served as a state senator from the Montgomery County-based 12th district from 1947 to 1951 and as state representative for one of five Montgomery County seats from 1939 to 1947.

Louis Arthur Watres

Louis Arthur Watres (April 21, 1851 – June 28, 1937) was the fifth Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1891 to 1895.

Mike Stack

Michael Joseph Stack III (born June 5, 1963) is an American politician, who served as the 33rd lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania from 2015 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the 5th district, from 2001 to 2015.

President of the Pennsylvania Senate

The President of Pennsylvania Senate may refer to:

The Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania: The state Lieutenant Governor is elected on a joint-ticket with the Governor, and holds the title of President of the Senate concurrently. When presiding over the Senate, the Lieutenant Governor may execute a number of parliamentary roles, including calling the Senate to order, ensuring that the decorum of the Senate is upheld, signing resolutions, writs, orders, warrants and subpoenas issued by order of the Senate. The Lieutenant Governor may also, "...within one legislative day after receipt or adoption, sign all bills and joint resolutions which have passed both Houses after their titles have been read." The current Lieutenant Governor is Democrat Michael J. Stack III.

The President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate: The holder of this office is elected by the full Senate, and typically comes from the majority party. The position is a constitutional office, and is designated as second in the gubernatorial succession, behind the Lieutenant Governor. The President pro tempore presides over the Senate in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor and appoints committee chairpersons, votes on all bills, and is the leader of the Senate. The position of President Pro Tempore replaced the abolished position of Speaker of the Senate in the Constitution of 1874. In issues involving both chambers of the General Assembly, the President pro tempore confers with the Speaker of the House. The current President pro tempore is Republican Joe Scarnati.

Robert S. Murphy

Robert S. Murphy (October 18, 1861 – June 24, 1912) was the ninth Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1907 to 1911.

Murphy was born in Louisville, New York but spent most of his childhood in Portland, Maine, where his family was active in the temperance movement. He was educated at Hedding College. In 1880, he moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and he was admitted to the Cambria County bar in 1881. Murphy successfully ran as a Republican for Cambria County District Attorney in 1892, despite the overwhelming Democratic majority in terms of party registration. He was reelected in 1895 but was defeated in 1898. He returned to the practice of law and was a key figure in the state Republican Party. He was elected as lieutenant governor in 1906 as running mate of Edwin Sydney Stuart. [1]

Roy E. Furman

Roy E. Furman (April 16, 1901 – May 18, 1977) was the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1959, and the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, 1936–1938.

Furman was born in Davistown, Greene County, Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1933 and served as the House Speaker in 1936. Furman served as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from January 1955 to 1959 during Governor Leader's administration. In 1958, Furman ran for the Democratic nomination for governor but was defeated by David Lawrence. Furman served on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission during Governor Lawrence's term. Furman retired to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania and died at the age of 76.

Samuel S. Lewis

Samuel S. "Sam" Lewis (February 17, 1874 – January 15, 1959) was the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1939 to 1943.

Lewis was born in York, Pennsylvania. He was elected Pennsylvania Auditor General in 1921 and then served as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 1925 through 1929. During the 1931-1935 administration of Gifford Pinchot, he was the Secretary of Highways and spearheaded the governor's ambitious rural transportation initiative. From 1951 through 1953, he was Governor John S. Fine's Secretary of Forests & Water. [1]. There is a state park near York named after the former lieutenant governor.

Sir William Keith, 4th Baronet

Sir William Keith, 4th Baronet, (1669—18 November 1749) served as lieutenant-governor of the Colonies of Pennsylvania and Delaware, 1717 – 26.

Walter Lyon (Pennsylvania)

Walter Lyon (April 27, 1853 – March 21, 1933) was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania as a Republican from 1895 to 1899.

He was born in Shaler Township, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the Wakeam Academy and was admitted to the bar as an attorney in 1876. In 1889, he was appointed as United States District Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He resigned from this position in 1893 to run for Pennsylvania State Senate; he served in this body for one term until his election as Lieutenant Governor. After leaving politics, he founded the Pittsburgh law firm of Lyon, Hunter & Burke. He later retired to Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

William T. Davies

William T. Davies (December 20, 1831 – September 21, 1912) was the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891.

Davies was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. His family emigrated to Towanda, Pennsylvania in his youth. He was admitted to the bar as an attorney, and, in 1865, was elected as district attorney of Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He was later elected to two terms as member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1877 to 1885.

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