Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico

second-highest constitutional in the U.S. state of New Mexico

The lieutenant governor of New Mexico is a constitutional office in the executive branch of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is the second highest-ranking official in the state government. The lieutenant governor ranks first in the gubernatorial line of succession and is also the officer of the legislative branch, president of the Senate and the presiding officer of the Senate.

Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico
Seal of New Mexico
Flag of New Mexico
Howie Morales

since January 1, 2019
New Mexico Senate
Government of New Mexico
SeatSanta Fe, New Mexico
AppointerDirect election
Governor of New Mexico
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
First holderEzequiel Cabeza De Baca
(gubernatorial line of succession)
Salary$85,000 (annually)

Howie Morales is the 30th and current lieutenant governor of New Mexico, in office since January 2019.[1][2]

Power and duties change

The lieutenant governor is the president of the Senate. The lieutenant governor has the power to preside over the Senate and has the authority exercise a tie-breaking vote.

The lieutenant governor serves on the following boards and commissions:

Eligibility and requirements change

Under the New Mexico Constitution, a person must:

• be at least 30 years old and a United States citizen

• a resident of the state of New Mexico for a least five years

Election process change

The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor as their running mate to a four-year term. The gubernatorial candidate or incumbent governor must have a majority of the popular vote in order to win the election.

Line of succession change

The lieutenant governor is first in the line of succession to become governor if the governor dies resigns, or is impeached from office.

References change

  1. "Office of the Lt. Governor - Howie Morales | Bringing the Change New Mexico Families Deserve". Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  2. "Lieutenant Governor". Office of the Governor - Michelle Lujan Grisham. Retrieved 2024-02-01.