Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota

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Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Seal of South Dakota
Larry Rhoden

since January 5, 2019
Style The Honorable
Term length 4 years, renewable once, same election with The governor's Ticket
Inaugural holderJames H. Fletcher, 1889
Formation Constitution of South Dakota
Website Governor's Website

The Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota is the lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of South Dakota.

A lieutenant governor, lieutenant-governor, or vice governor is a high officer of state, whose precise role and rank vary by jurisdiction.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

South Dakota State of the United States of America

South Dakota is a U.S. state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who compose a large portion of the population and historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the fifth smallest by population and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 187,200, is South Dakota's largest city.


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 executive is the organ exercising authority in and holding responsibility for the governance of a state. The executive executes and enforces law.

Government of South Dakota government of the U.S. state of South Dakota

The structure of the Government of South Dakota is based on that of the federal government, with three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. The structure of the state government is laid out in the Constitution of South Dakota, the highest law in the state. The constitution may be amended either by a majority vote of both houses of the legislature, or by voter initiative.

Speaker (politics) presiding officer of a deliberative assembly, especially a legislative body

The speaker of a deliberative assembly, especially a legislative body, is its presiding officer, or the chair. The title was first used in 1377 in England.

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.

Ticket (election)

A ticket refers to a single election choice which fills more than one political office or seat. For example, in Guyana, the candidates for President and Parliament run on the same "ticket", because they are elected together on a single ballot question — as a vote for a given party-list in the Parliamentary election counts as a vote for the party's corresponding presidential candidate — rather than separately.

Charles N. Herreid American politician

Charles Nelson Herreid was the fourth Governor of South Dakota.

Frank M. Byrne American politician

Frank M. Byrne was the eighth Governor of South Dakota.

Carole Hillard became the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor when she was elected in 1994.

Carole Hillard was the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

List of lieutenant governors


   Democratic (6)   Republican (23)

#Lt. GovernorPartyFromToGovernor(s) served under
1 James H. Fletcher Republican 18891891 Arthur C. Mellette
2 George H. Hoffman Republican18911893 Charles H. Sheldon
3 Charles N. Herreid Republican18931897 Andrew E. Lee
4 Daniel T. Hindman Republican18971899 Andrew E. Lee
5 John T. Kean Republican18991901 Andrew E. Lee
6 George W. Snow Republican19011905 Charles N. Herreid
7 John E. McDougall Republican19051907 Samuel H. Elrod
8 Howard C. Shober Republican19071911 Coe I. Crawford
Robert S. Vessey
9 Frank M. Byrne Republican19111913 Robert S. Vessey
10 Edward Lincoln Abel Republican19131915 Frank M. Byrne
11 Peter Norbeck Republican19151917 Frank M. Byrne
12 William H. McMaster Republican19171921 Peter Norbeck
13 Carl Gunderson Republican19211925 William H. McMaster
14 Alva Clark Forney Republican19251927 Carl Gunderson
15 Hyatt E. Covey Republican19271929 William J. Bulow
16 Clarence E. Coyne [1] Republican19291929 William J. Bulow
17 John T. Grigsby Democrat 19291931 William J. Bulow
18 Odell K. Whitney Republican19311933 Warren Green
19 Hans Ustrud Democrat19331935 Tom Berry
20 Robert Peterson Democrat19351937 Tom Berry
21 Donald McMurchie Republican19371941 Leslie Jensen
Harlan J. Bushfield
22 Albert C. Miller Republican19411945 Harlan J. Bushfield
Merrill Q. Sharpe
23 Sioux K. Grigsby Republican19451949 Merrill Q. Sharpe
George T. Mickelson
24 Rex A. Terry Republican19491955 George T. Mickelson
Sigurd Anderson
25 L. Roy Houck Republican19551959 Joe Foss
26 John F. Lindley Democrat19591961 Ralph Herseth
27 Joseph H. Bottum [2] Republican19611962 Archie M. Gubbrud
28 Nils Boe Republican19631965 Archie M. Gubbrud
29 Lem Overpeck Republican19651969 Nils Boe
30 James Abdnor Republican19691971 Frank Farrar
31 William Dougherty Democrat19711975 Richard Kneip
32 Harvey L. Wollman [3] Democrat19751978 Richard Kneip
33 Lowell C. Hansen II Republican19791987 Bill Janklow
34 Walter Dale Miller [4] Republican19871993 George S. Mickelson
35 Steve T. Kirby Republican19931995 Walter Dale Miller
36 Carole Hillard Republican19952003 Bill Janklow
37 Dennis Daugaard Republican20032011 Mike Rounds
38 Matt Michels Republican20112019 Dennis Daugaard
39 Larry Rhoden Republican2019Incumbent Kristi Noem

Living former Lieutenant Governors of South Dakota

As of January 2019, five former lieutenant governors of South Dakota were alive, the oldest being Harvey L. Wollman (served 19751978, born 1935). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor of South Dakota was that of Walter Dale Miller (served 19871993, born 1925), on September 28, 2015. The most recent serving lieutenant governor of South Dakota to die was Carole Hillard (served 19952003, born 1936), on October 25, 2007.

Harvey L. Wollman Governor of South Dakota

Harvey Lowell Wollman was the 26th Governor of South Dakota. He was the first Lieutenant Governor in the history of South Dakota to succeed to the governorship. As of 2019, he is also the most recent Democrat to serve as South Dakota governor.

Walter Dale Miller American politician (Republican) 1925-2015

Walter Dale "Walt" Miller was an American politician with the Republican Party. He served as 29th Governor of South Dakota from 1993 to 1995, having assumed the office upon the death of George S. Mickelson. He was, at age 67 upon taking office, the oldest person to serve as the Governor of South Dakota.

Lt. GovernorLt. Gubernatorial termDate of birth (and age)
Harvey L. Wollman 19751978May 14, 1935 (age 83)
Lowell C. Hansen II 19791987October 11, 1939 (age 79)
Steve T. Kirby 19931995March 26, 1952 (age 67)
Dennis Daugaard 20032011June 11, 1953 (age 65)
Matt Michels 2011–2019March 9, 1960 (age 59)

See also

Governor of South Dakota head of state and of government of the U.S. state of South Dakota

The Governor of South Dakota is the head of the executive branch of the government of the U.S. state of South Dakota. The governor is elected to a four-year term in even years when there is no Presidential election. The current governor is Kristi Noem, a Republican who took office on January 5, 2019.

Lieutenant governor (United States) sub-national title in the United States

In the United States, 45 of the 50 states have an office of lieutenant governor. In two of the 45 states, the speaker of the upper house of the state legislature serves in such a capacity. In most cases, the lieutenant governor is the highest officer of state after the governor, standing in for that officer when they are absent from the state or temporarily incapacitated. In the event a governor dies, resigns or is removed from office, the lieutenant governor typically becomes governor.


  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.

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