Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota

The Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota is the lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of South Dakota.

He or she is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of South Dakota state government and also serves as presiding officer of the South Dakota Senate. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the officer of governor if the office becomes vacant, and may also serve as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.

The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor. Seven lieutenant governors have gone on to be elected governor in their own right: Charles N. Herreid, Frank M. Byrne, Peter Norbeck, William H. McMaster, Carl Gunderson, Nils Boe and Dennis Daugaard. Two others, Harvey L. Wollman and Walter Dale Miller, succeeded to the office of governor when it became vacant, but neither won re-election.

Carole Hillard became the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor when she was elected in 1994.

Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Seal of South Dakota
Matt Michels

since January 8, 2011
StyleThe Honorable
Term length4 years, renewable once, same election with The governor's Ticket
Inaugural holderJames H. Fletcher, 1889
FormationConstitution of South Dakota
WebsiteGovernor's Website

List of lieutenant governors


  Democratic (6)   Republican (23)

# Lt. Governor Party From To Governor(s) served under
1 James H. Fletcher Republican 1889 1891 Arthur C. Mellette
2 George H. Hoffman Republican 1891 1893 Charles H. Sheldon
3 Charles N. Herreid Republican 1893 1897 Andrew E. Lee
4 Daniel T. Hindman Republican 1897 1899 Andrew E. Lee
5 John T. Kean Republican 1899 1901 Andrew E. Lee
6 George W. Snow Republican 1901 1905 Charles N. Herreid
7 John E. McDougall Republican 1905 1907 Samuel H. Elrod
8 Howard C. Shober Republican 1907 1911 Coe I. Crawford
Robert S. Vessey
9 Frank M. Byrne Republican 1911 1913 Robert S. Vessey
10 Edward Lincoln Abel Republican 1913 1915 Frank M. Byrne
11 Peter Norbeck Republican 1915 1917 Frank M. Byrne
12 William H. McMaster Republican 1917 1921 Peter Norbeck
13 Carl Gunderson Republican 1921 1925 William H. McMaster
14 Alva Clark Forney Republican 1925 1927 Carl Gunderson
15 Hyatt E. Covey Republican 1927 1929 William J. Bulow
16 Clarence E. Coyne[1] Republican 1929 1929 William J. Bulow
17 John T. Grigsby Democrat 1929 1931 William J. Bulow
18 Odell K. Whitney Republican 1931 1933 Warren Green
19 Hans Ustrud Democrat 1933 1935 Tom Berry
20 Robert Peterson Democrat 1935 1937 Tom Berry
21 Donald McMurchie Republican 1937 1941 Leslie Jensen
Harlan J. Bushfield
22 Albert C. Miller Republican 1941 1945 Harlan J. Bushfield
Merrill Q. Sharpe
23 Sioux K. Grigsby Republican 1945 1949 Merrill Q. Sharpe
George T. Mickelson
24 Rex A. Terry Republican 1949 1955 George T. Mickelson
Sigurd Anderson
25 L. Roy Houck Republican 1955 1959 Joe Foss
26 John F. Lindley Democrat 1959 1961 Ralph Herseth
27 Joseph H. Bottum[2] Republican 1961 1962 Archie M. Gubbrud
28 Nils Boe Republican 1963 1965 Archie M. Gubbrud
29 Lem Overpeck Republican 1965 1969 Nils Boe
30 James Abdnor Republican 1969 1971 Frank Farrar
31 William Dougherty Democrat 1971 1975 Richard Kneip
32 Harvey L. Wollman[3] Democrat 1975 1978 Richard Kneip
33 Lowell C. Hansen II Republican 1979 1987 Bill Janklow
34 Walter Dale Miller[4] Republican 1987 1993 George S. Mickelson
35 Steve T. Kirby Republican 1993 1995 Walter Dale Miller
36 Carole Hillard Republican 1995 2003 Bill Janklow
37 Dennis Daugaard Republican 2003 2011 Mike Rounds
38 Matt Michels Republican 2011 Dennis Daugaard
39 Larry Rhoden Republican 2019 (elect) Kristi Noem

Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of South Dakota

As of January 2017, four former U.S. lieutenant governors of South Dakota were alive, the oldest being Harvey L. Wollman (served 1975–1978, born 1935). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of South Dakota was that of Walter Dale Miller (served 1987–1993, born 1925), on September 28, 2015. The most recent serving U.S. lieutenant governor of South Dakota to die was Carole Hillard (served 1995–2003, born 1936), on October 25, 2007.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Harvey L. Wollman 1975–1978 May 14, 1935 (age 83)
Lowell C. Hansen II 1979–1987 October 11, 1939 (age 79)
Steve T. Kirby 1993–1995 March 26, 1952 (age 66)
Dennis Daugaard 2003–2011 June 11, 1953 (age 65)

See also


  1. ^ Clarence E. Coyne died on May 27, 1929, and John T. Grigsby was appointed to fill the vacancy.
  2. ^ Joseph H. Bottum was appointed United States Senator on July 9, 1962. No appointment was made to fill the vacancy.
  3. ^ Harvey L. Wollman succeeded to the office of governor on July 24, 1978 upon the resignation of Governor Richard F. Kneip. No appointment was made to fill the vacancy.
  4. ^ Walter Dale Miller succeeded to the office of governor on April 19, 1993 after Governor George S. Mickelson was killed in a plane crash. Steve T. Kirby was appointed to fill the vacancy.

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