Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas

second-highest constitutional office in the U.S. state of Arkansas

The Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas presides over the Arkansas Senate with a tie-breaking vote, serves as Governor of Arkansas when the governor resigns, is impeached or dies in office.

Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
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Incumbent
Leslie Rutledge

since January 10, 2023 (2023-01-10)
SeatState Capitol, Little Rock, Arkansas
Term lengthFour years, renewable once (Seventy-third Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution of 1874)
Constituting instrumentArkansas Constitution of 1864
Inaugural holderCalvin C. Bliss
FormationApril 18, 1864
(158 years ago)
 (1864-04-18)
Websiteltgovernor.arkansas.gov

ListEdit

Lieutenant Governors of the State of Arkansas
No. Lieutenant Governor Term in office Party Election Governor[a]
1   Calvin C. Bliss April 18, 1864

July 2, 1868
Republican 1864   Isaac Murphy
2 James M. Johnson July 2, 1868

March 14, 1871
Republican 1868
[b]
Powell Clayton
(resigned March 17, 1871)
Vacant March 14, 1871

January 6, 1873
Ozra Amander Hadley
3 Volney V. Smith January 6, 1873

November 12, 1874
Republican 1872
[c]
Elisha Baxter
Office did not exist from November 12, 1874, to January 11, 1927
4 Harvey Parnell January 11, 1927

March 4, 1928
Democratic 1926
[d]
John Ellis Martineau
Vacant March 4, 1928

January 14, 1929
Harvey Parnell
5 Lee Cazort January 14, 1929

January 12, 1931
Democratic 1928
6 Lawrence Elery Wilson January 12, 1931

January 10, 1933
Democratic 1930
7 Lee Cazort January 10, 1933

January 12, 1937
Democratic 1932 Junius Marion Futrell
1934
8 Robert L. Bailey January 12, 1937

January 12, 1943
Democratic 1936 Carl Edward Bailey
1938
1940 Homer Martin Adkins
9 James L. Shaver January 12, 1943

January 14, 1947
Democratic 1942
1944 Benjamin Travis Laney
10   Nathan Green Gordon January 14, 1947

January 10, 1967
Democratic 1946
1948 Sid McMath
1950
1952 Francis Cherry
1954 Orval Faubus
1956
1958
1960
1962
1964
11 Maurice Britt January 10, 1967

January 12, 1971
Republican 1966 Winthrop Rockefeller
1968
12 Bob C. Riley January 12, 1971

January 3, 1975
Democratic 1970 Dale Bumpers
1972
[e]
Acting as governor January 3, 1975

January 14, 1975
Bob C. Riley
13   Joe Purcell January 14, 1975

January 3, 1979
Democratic 1974 David Pryor
1976
[f]
Acting as governor January 3, 1979

January 9, 1979
Joe Purcell
13   Joe Purcell January 9, 1979

January 19, 1981
Democratic 1978 Bill Clinton
14   Winston Bryant January 19, 1981

January 15, 1991
Democratic 1980 Frank D. White[g]
1982 Bill Clinton
1984
1986
[h]
15   Jim Guy Tucker January 15, 1991

December 12, 1992
Democratic 1990
[i]
Vacant December 12, 1992

November 20, 1993
Jim Guy Tucker[j]
16   Mike Huckabee November 20, 1993

July 15, 1996
Republican 1993
(special)
1994
[k]
Vacant July 15, 1996

November 19, 1996
Mike Huckabee
17   Winthrop Paul Rockefeller November 19, 1996

July 16, 2006
Republican 1996
(special)
1998
2002
[l]
Vacant July 16, 2006

January 9, 2007
18   Bill Halter January 9, 2007

January 11, 2011
Democratic 2006 Mike Beebe[j]
19 Mark Darr January 11, 2011

February 1, 2014
Republican 2010
[m]
Vacant February 1, 2014

January 13, 2015
20   Tim Griffin January 13, 2015

January 10, 2023
Republican 2014
2018
Asa Hutchinson
21   Leslie Rutledge January 10, 2023

present
Republican 2022 Sarah Huckabee Sanders

NotesEdit

  1. Lieutenant governors represented the same party as their governor unless noted.
  2. Johnson resigned as part of party machinations to allow Clayton to resign without Johnson succeeding him; the office remained vacant for the remainder of the term.[1][2]
  3. First term under the 1871 constitution, which shortened terms to two years.
  4. Martineau resigned[3] and Parnell served as governor for the remainder of the term.
  5. Bumpers resigned and Riley acted as governor for the remainder of the term.
  6. Pryor resigned and Purcell acted as governor for the remainder of the term.
  7. Represented the Republican Party.
  8. First term under a 1984 constitutional amendment, which lengthened terms to four years.
  9. Clinton resigned and Tucker served as governor for the remainder of the term.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Represented the Democratic Party.
  11. Tucker resigned and Huckabee served as governor for the remainder of the term.
  12. Rockefeller died in office; the office remained vacant for the remainder of the term.
  13. Darr resigned; he was under sanction for ethics violations involving illegal use of campaign funds.[4] The office remained vacant for the remainder of the term.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hempstead, Fay (1911). Historical Review of Arkansas: Its Commerce, Industry, and Modern Affairs. p. 269. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  2. "Ozro Amander Hadley (1826–1915)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  3. "John Ellis Martineau". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on October 7, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  4. "Mark Darr, Arkansas lt. gov., says he'll resign over ethics case". Politico. Retrieved November 27, 2018.