|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
Seal of South Dakota
|Term length||4 years, renewable once, same election with The governor's Ticket|
|Inaugural holder||James H. Fletcher, 1889|
|Formation||Constitution of South Dakota|
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Nelson Herreid was the fourth Governor of South Dakota.
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.
Democratic (6) Republican (23)
|#||Lt. Governor||Party||From||To||Governor(s) served under|
|1||James H. Fletcher||Republican||1889||1891||Arthur C. Mellette|
|2||George H. Hoffman||Republican||1891||1893||Charles H. Sheldon|
|3||Charles N. Herreid||Republican||1893||1897||Andrew E. Lee|
|4||Daniel T. Hindman||Republican||1897||1899||Andrew E. Lee|
|5||John T. Kean||Republican||1899||1901||Andrew E. Lee|
|6||George W. Snow||Republican||1901||1905||Charles N. Herreid|
|7||John E. McDougall||Republican||1905||1907||Samuel H. Elrod|
|8||Howard C. Shober||Republican||1907||1911|| Coe I. Crawford |
Robert S. Vessey
|9||Frank M. Byrne||Republican||1911||1913||Robert S. Vessey|
|10||Edward Lincoln Abel||Republican||1913||1915||Frank M. Byrne|
|11||Peter Norbeck||Republican||1915||1917||Frank M. Byrne|
|12||William H. McMaster||Republican||1917||1921||Peter Norbeck|
|13||Carl Gunderson||Republican||1921||1925||William H. McMaster|
|14||Alva Clark Forney||Republican||1925||1927||Carl Gunderson|
|15||Hyatt E. Covey||Republican||1927||1929||William J. Bulow|
|16||Clarence E. Coyne||Republican||1929||1929||William J. Bulow|
|17||John T. Grigsby||Democrat||1929||1931||William J. Bulow|
|18||Odell K. Whitney||Republican||1931||1933||Warren Green|
|19||Hans Ustrud||Democrat||1933||1935||Tom Berry|
|20||Robert Peterson||Democrat||1935||1937||Tom Berry|
|21||Donald McMurchie||Republican||1937||1941|| Leslie Jensen |
Harlan J. Bushfield
|22||Albert C. Miller||Republican||1941||1945|| Harlan J. Bushfield |
Merrill Q. Sharpe
|23||Sioux K. Grigsby||Republican||1945||1949|| Merrill Q. Sharpe |
George T. Mickelson
|24||Rex A. Terry||Republican||1949||1955|| George T. Mickelson |
|25||L. Roy Houck||Republican||1955||1959||Joe Foss|
|26||John F. Lindley||Democrat||1959||1961||Ralph Herseth|
|27||Joseph H. Bottum||Republican||1961||1962||Archie M. Gubbrud|
|28||Nils Boe||Republican||1963||1965||Archie M. Gubbrud|
|29||Lem Overpeck||Republican||1965||1969||Nils Boe|
|30||James Abdnor||Republican||1969||1971||Frank Farrar|
|31||William Dougherty||Democrat||1971||1975||Richard Kneip|
|32||Harvey L. Wollman||Democrat||1975||1978||Richard Kneip|
|33||Lowell C. Hansen II||Republican||1979||1987||Bill Janklow|
|34||Walter Dale Miller||Republican||1987||1993||George S. Mickelson|
|35||Steve T. Kirby||Republican||1993||1995||Walter Dale Miller|
|36||Carole Hillard||Republican||1995||2003||Bill Janklow|
|37||Dennis Daugaard||Republican||2003||2011||Mike Rounds|
|38||Matt Michels||Republican||2011||2019||Dennis Daugaard|
|39||Larry Rhoden||Republican||2019||Incumbent||Kristi Noem|
As of January 2019 [update] , five former lieutenant governors of South Dakota were alive, the oldest being Harvey L. Wollman (served 1975–1978, born 1935). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor of South Dakota was that of Walter Dale Miller (served 1987–1993, born 1925), on September 28, 2015. The most recent serving lieutenant governor of South Dakota to die was Carole Hillard (served 1995–2003, born 1936), on October 25, 2007.
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 "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. Governor||Lt. Gubernatorial term||Date of birth (and age)|
|Harvey L. Wollman||1975–1978||May 14, 1935|
|Lowell C. Hansen II||1979–1987||October 11, 1939|
|Steve T. Kirby||1993–1995||March 26, 1952|
|Dennis Daugaard||2003–2011||June 11, 1953|
|Matt Michels||2011–2019||March 9, 1960|
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