Executive Branch
of the Several States


 
StateChief ExecutiveSuccessor to a Vacancy
Alabama GOVERNOR President of the State Senate (1819-1867) [under State's 1st and 2nd Constitutions: would merely become "acting Governor"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
Lieutenant Governor (1867-1875) [under State's 3rd Constitution: elected separately from GOVERNOR; next in line of succession: President pro Tempore of the State Senate]
President of the State Senate (1875-1901) [under State's 4th Constitution: would merely become "acting Governor"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
Lieutenant Governor (1901--) [under State's 5th Constitution: elected separately from GOVERNOR; next in line of succession: President pro Tempore of the State Senate, then Speaker of the State House of Representatives, followed- if ever necessary- by Statewide Elected Executive Officers]
Alaska GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor (1959--) [under State's 1st Constitution]
American Samoa Governor Lieutenant Governor
Arizona GOVERNOR Secretary of State (1912--) [under State's 1st Constitution; next in line of sucession: State Attorney General]
Arkansas GOVERNOR President of the State Senate (1836-1864) [under State's 1st Constitution: would merely become "acting Governor"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
Lieutenant Governor (1864-1874) [under State's 2nd and 3rd Constitutions: elected separately from Governor; next in line of succession: President (pro Tempore) of the Senate]
President of the State Senate (1874-1914) [under State's 4th Constitution: would merely become "acting Governor"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
Lieutenant Governor (1914--) [via Amendment to the State's 4th Constitution: elected separately from GOVERNOR]
California GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor (1850--) [under State's 1st and 2nd Constitutions: elected separately from GOVERNOR; originally, next in line of succession: President (pro Tempore) of the State Senate, then (after State Constitutional Amendment of 1898) Speaker of the State Assembly... subsequently, the Legislature was authorized to determine a line of succession beyond the Lieutenant Governor by statute]
Colorado GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor
Connecticut GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor
Delaware PRESIDENT (1776-1792) [under the State's 1st Constitution]
GOVERNOR (1792--) [under the State's 2nd, 3rd and 4th Constitutions]
Speaker of the Legislative Council (1776-1792) [under State's 1st Constitution: would merely become "acting President"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the House of Assembly]
Speaker of the State Senate (1792-1897) [under the State's 2nd and 3rd Constitutions: would merely become "acting Governor"; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
Lieutenant Governor (1897--) [under State's 4th Constitution; next in the line of succession: Secretary of State, then Attorney General, President pro Tempore of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
Florida GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
President of the State Senate [under State's 4th Constitution; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
President of the State Senate (1845-1865) [under State's 1st Constitution; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives]
Lieutenant Governor (1865-1887) [under State's 2nd and 3rd Constitutions; next in line of succession: Speaker of the State House of Representatives (1865-1868), President pro Tempore of the State Senate (1868-1887)]
Georgia GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Guam Governor 
Hawaii GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [Elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated separately from Governor]
Idaho GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Illinois GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated separately from Governor]
Indiana GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; next in line of succession: President pro Tempore of the State Senate (1816-1851)]
Iowa GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Kansas GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated with Governor as well]
Kentucky GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated with Governor as well]
Louisiana GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Maine GOVERNOR President of the State Senate
Maryland GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
Massachusetts GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Michigan GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [Nominated by convention separately from the gubernatorial primary; elected on same ticket with Governor.]
Minnesota GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated with Governor as well]
Mississippi GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Missouri GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Montana GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated separately from Governor]
Nebraska GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
Nevada GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
New Hampshire GOVERNOR President of the State Senate
New Jersey GOVERNOR President of the State Senate (--2009) [prior to the creation of the Lt. Governor position (first elected in 2009), became "acting Governor" only and had to remain a member of the State Senate in order to hold such position; next in the line of succession (only where the office of State Senate President were itself vacant) was the Speaker of the General Assembly (who, likewise, would have to remain a member of that body during his/her tenure as 'acting Governor').]
Lieutenant Governor (2010--) [next in line of succession: President of the State Senate, followed by Speaker of the General Assembly, still subject to the reservations [that is, remaining in their respective legislative body while serving as, in their cases, 'acting Governor'] which existed prior to the creation of the office of Lt. Gov.; however, if someone has served as 'acting Governor' continuously for at least 180 days without the election of a new Governor, that person then becomes 'Governor' in full name and title.
"The Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be elected conjointly and for concurrent terms by the legally qualified voters of this State, and the manner of election shall require each voter to cast a single vote for both offices. The candidate of each political party for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall be selected by the candidate of that party nominated for election to the office of Governor. The selection of the candidate for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor shall be made within 30 days following the nomination of the candidate for election to the office of Governor. A person shall not seek election to both offices simultaneously. The joint candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be elected; but if two or more joint candidacies shall be equal and greatest in votes, one set of joint candidates shall be elected by the vote of a majority of all the members of both houses in joint meeting at the regular legislative session next following the election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor by the people. Contested elections for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be determined in such manner as may be provided by law." [Article V, Section I, paragraph 4: New Jersey State Constitution (as amended)]]
New Mexico GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated separately from Governor]
New York GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [Elected on a ticket with (but may be nominated separately from) the Governor]
North Carolina GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
North Dakota GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
Northern Marianas Governor 
Ohio GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated with Governor as well]
Oklahoma GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Oregon GOVERNOR Secretary of State
Pennsylvania GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
Puerto Rico Governor Secretary of State (1952--) [appointed by the Governor with the consent of both houses of the Legislative Assembly]
Rhode Island GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
South Carolina GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
South Dakota GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated with Governor as well]
Tennessee GOVERNOR Speaker of the State Senate
Texas GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Utah GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
Vermont GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Virgin Islands Governor 
Virginia GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
Washington GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
West Virginia GOVERNOR President of the State Senate
Wisconsin GOVERNOR Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
Wyoming GOVERNOR Secretary of State
 
 


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