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Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii

Lt. Governor of State of Hawaii
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
Incumbent
Shan Tsutsui

since December 27, 2012
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder James Kealoha
Formation 1959
Website Office of the Lt. Governor
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Hawaii
The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi, concurrently the Secretary of State of Hawaiʻi, is the assistant chief executive of that U.S. state and its various agencies and departments, as provided in the Hawaiʻi State Constitution Article V, Sections 2 though 6. He or she is elected by popular suffrage of residents of the state on the same ticket as the Governor of Hawaiʻi. The lieutenant governor becomes acting governor upon the absence of the governor from the state, or if the governor becomes disabled from duty. Historically, lieutenant governors were members of either the Hawaiʻi Democratic Party or Hawaiʻi Republican Party.

Contents

  • Qualifications 1
  • List of lieutenant governors 2
  • Living former lieutenant governors 3
  • Resources 4

Qualifications

The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is limited to two four-year terms. Inauguration takes place on the first Monday in December following a gubernatorial election. A single term ends at noon four years later. He or she must be thirty years old and be a resident of Hawaiʻi for five consecutive years previous to election. Unlike other states, the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is a full-time position and requires that he or she be barred from other professions or paid positions during the term.

List of lieutenant governors

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

# Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Governor(s) served under
1 James Kealoha August 21, 1959 December 2, 1962 Republican William F. Quinn
2 William S. Richardson December 2, 1962 December 2, 1966 Democratic John A. Burns
3 Thomas Gill December 2, 1966 December 2, 1970 Democratic
4 George Ariyoshi December 2, 1970 December 2, 1974 Democratic
5 Nelson Doi December 2, 1974 December 2, 1978 Democratic George Ariyoshi
6 Jean King December 2, 1978 December 2, 1982 Democratic
7 John D. Waihee III December 2, 1982 December 2, 1986 Democratic
8 Benjamin J. Cayetano December 2, 1986 December 2, 1994 Democratic John Waihee
9 Mazie Hirono December 2, 1994 December 2, 2002 Democratic Benjamin J. Cayetano
10 Duke Aiona December 4, 2002 December 6, 2010 Republican Linda Lingle
11 Brian Schatz December 6, 2010 December 26, 2012 Democratic Neil Abercrombie
12 Shan Tsutsui December 27, 2012 Democratic

Living former lieutenant governors

As of August 2014, there are seven living former lieutenant governors, the oldest being Nelson Doi (1974-1978, born 1922). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of Jean King (1978-1982), who died on November 24, 2013.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
George Ariyoshi 1970-1974 (1926-03-12) March 12, 1926
Nelson Doi 1974-1978 (1922-01-01) January 1, 1922
John D. Waihee III 1982-1986 (1946-05-19) May 19, 1946
Benjamin J. Cayetano 1986-1994 (1939-11-04) November 4, 1939
Mazie Hirono 1994-2002 (1947-11-03) November 3, 1947
Duke Aiona 2002-2010 (1955-06-08) June 8, 1955
Brian Schatz 2010-2012 (1972-10-20) October 20, 1972

Resources

  • iʻConstitution of the State of Hawai
  • iʻOffice of the Lieutenant Governor of Hawai
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