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
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Seal of South Dakota
Incumbent
Larry Rhoden

since January 5, 2019
StyleThe Honorable
Term length4 years, renewable once, same election with The governor's Ticket
Inaugural holderJames H. Fletcher, 1889
FormationConstitution of South Dakota
Salary$14,400
WebsiteGovernor's Website

List of lieutenant governors

Parties

  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 2019 Dennis Daugaard
39 Larry Rhoden Republican 2019 Incumbent Kristi Noem

Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of South Dakota

As of January 2019, five 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)
Matt Michels 2011–2019 March 9, 1960 (age 58)

See also

Notes

  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.
Alva Clark Forney

A. Clark Forney (February 25, 1871 – April 11, 1956) was the 14th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1925 to 1927 serving under Governor Carl Gunderson. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Clarence E. Coyne

Clarence E. Coyne (23 December 1881 – 27 May 1929) was an American politician. Between January and May 1929 he served as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

Daniel T. Hindman

Daniel T. Hindman (February 22, 1839 – November 7, 1915) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1899 he was the fourth Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

Edward Lincoln Abel

Edward Lincoln Abel (17 November 1860 – 5 December 1926) was an American politician. Between 1913 and 1915 he served as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

George H. Hoffman

George Harrison Hoffman (January 21, 1838 – August 31, 1922) was the second Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1891 to 1893.

George W. Snow

George W. Snow (13 December 1842 – 8 November 1927) was an American politician. Between 1901 and 1905 he was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

Howard C. Shober

Howard Clayton Shober (24 December 1859 – 29 April 1956) was an American politician. Between 1907 and 1911 he served as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

Hyatt E. Covey

Hyatt E. Covey (September 1, 1875 – August 3, 1968) was 15th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1927 to 1929. He was a member of the Republican Party and served with a Democratic Party governor, William J. Bulow. He was from Hamill, South Dakota.

James H. Fletcher

James Hayden Fletcher (1835 – 13 April 1917) was an American politician. Between 1889 and 1891 he served as the first Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

John E. McDougall

John Edmund McDougall (24 February 1860 – 13 April 1932) was an American politician. Between 1905 and 1907 he served as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

John T. Grigsby

John Thomas Grigsby (5 January 1890 – 14 January 1977) was an American politician. Between 1929 and 1931 he served as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

John T. Kean

John Taylor Kean (March 11, 1857 – October 26, 1933) was an American politician. Between 1899 and 1901 he was the fifth Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

Joseph H. Bottum

Joseph Henry Bottum (August 7, 1903 – July 4, 1984) was an American politician. He served as the 27th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota and as a member of the United States Senate from South Dakota.

Larry Rhoden

Larry Rhoden (born February 5, 1959) is a state representative and former state senator from South Dakota. He is the 39th lieutenant governor of South Dakota, since 2019.

Lem Overpeck

Lem Overpeck (September 18, 1911 – April 10, 2003) was the 29th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1965 to 1969 serving under Governor Nils Boe. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Lowell C. Hansen II

Lowell C. Hansen II (born October 11, 1939) is an American politician from South Dakota. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Hansen who is from Sioux Falls, served as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1978, serving as Speaker of the House of that body from 1977 to 1978. He was elected as the 33rd Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota in 1978 and re-elected in 1982 as the running mate of Bill Janklow and served from 1979 until 1987.

Matt Michels

Matthew Michels (born March 9, 1960) is an American politician who served as the 38th lieutenant governor of South Dakota, from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007. Dennis Daugaard picked him as his running mate in the 2010 gubernatorial election; they were reelected in 2014.

Robert Peterson (South Dakota politician)

Robert D. Peterson (March 14, 1888 – September 2, 1968) was the 20th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota serving from 1935 to 1937 under Governor Tom Berry. Robert Peterson was from Glenwood Township in Clay County. He was married to Esther Ellenore (Bring) Peterson (1888-1916). Both he and his wife were buried in Komstad Cemetery in Clay County, South Dakota.

William Dougherty

William "Bill" Dougherty (April 6, 1932 – July 3, 2010) was an American businessman, lobbyist, and Democratic politician who was the 31st Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1971 to 1975.

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