Lieutenant Governor of Florida

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Lieutenant Governor of Florida
Seal of the State of Florida
Flag of the State of Florida
Jeanette Nuñez

since January 8, 2019
  • Madam Lieutenant Governor
  • The Honorable
  • Her Excellency
TypeSecond-highest executive state officer
Member ofFlorida Executive Branch
Florida Cabinet
ResidenceNo official residence
SeatTallahassee, Florida
AppointerGovernor of Florida
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Florida
Inaugural holderWilliam W. J. Kelly
FormationDecember 20, 1865; 157 years ago (1865-12-20)
Salary$125,000 (annually)
Lieutenant Governor Nuñez

The lieutenant governor of Florida is a constitutional statewide elected office in the executive branch of the state government of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the second highest-ranking official in the state government.

The lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four-year term. Official duties of the lieutenant governor are under the current Florida Constitution are to serve as the acting governor in the absence of the governor from the state or to become the governor in the event of the governor's death, resignation or impeachment.

Jeanette Nuñez is the 20th and current lieutenant governor of Florida, in office since January 2019.

Eligibility & requirements[change | change source]

Section 5 of the state's constitution states for a person to serve as lieutenant governor must:

  • be at least thirty years old.
  • be a permanent resident in Florida for at least seven years.

Election process and terms[change | change source]

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

Under Section 5 of the state's constitution forbids anyone from being elected lieutenant governor more than twice.

Inauguration[change | change source]

The lieutenant governor-elect, or incumbent lieutenant governor immediately began their four-year team on inauguration day every four years in the month of January, along with the incumbent governor and governor-elect.

Gubernatorial line of succession[change | change source]

If the governor dies, reigns, or is impeached, the lieutenant governor ranks first in the succession will assume the gubernatorial office and duties.

List of lieutenant governors of Florida[change | change source]

List of living former lieutenant governors of Florida[change | change source]

References[change | change source]