Lieutenant Governor of Texas

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Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate of Texas
Seal of Lt. Governor of Texas.svg
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Incumbent
Dan Patrick

since January 20, 2015
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years, no term limits
Inaugural holderAlbert Clinton Horton
1846
FormationTexas Constitution
WebsiteOffice of the Lieutenant Governor

The lieutenant governor of Texas is the second-highest executive office in the government of Texas, a state in the U.S. It is the second most powerful post in Texas government because its controls the work of the Texas Senate.[1]

The term of office was two years from 1846 to 1972. Voters then increased it to four years in 1974.

List[change | change source]

Parties

  Democratic (39)   Republican (8)

Lt. Governor Years in Office Governor(s) served under Party
Albert Clinton Horton 1846–1847 James Pinckney Henderson Democratic
John Alexander Greer 1847–1851 George T. Wood
Peter H. Bell
Democratic
James Wilson Henderson 1851–1853 Peter H. Bell Democratic
David Catchings Dickson 1853–1855 Elisha M. Pease Democratic
Hardin Richard Runnels 1855–1857 Elisha M. Pease Democratic
Francis R. Lubbock 1857–1859 Hardin R. Runnels Democratic
Edward Clark 1859–1861 Sam Houston Democratic
John McClannahan Crockett 1861–1863 Francis Lubbock Democratic
Fletcher Summerfield Stockdale 1863–1865 Pendleton Murrah Democratic
Vacant 1865–1866 Fletcher Summerfield Stockdale
Andrew Jackson Hamilton
  –
George Washington Jones[2] 1866–1867 James W. Throckmorton Democratic
Vacant 1867–1870 Elisha M. Pease   –
James W. Flanagan[3] elected 1869 None Republican
Vacant 1871–1874 Elisha M. Pease
Edmund J. Davis
  –
Donald Campbell ex officio 1870–1871 Vacant Republican
David Webster Flanagan ex officio 1871 Vacant Republican
Albert Jennings Fountain ex officio 1871–1873 Vacant Republican
Edward Bradford Pickett ex officio 1873–1874 Vacant Democratic
Richard Bennett Hubbard Jr. 1874–1876 Vacant Democratic
Vacant 1876–1879 Vacant   –
Joseph Draper Sayers 1879–1881 Oran Milo Roberts Democratic
Leonidas Jefferson Storey 1881–1883 Oran Milo Roberts Democratic
Francis Marion Martin 1883–1885 John Ireland Democratic
Barnett Gibbs 1885–1887 John Ireland Democratic
Thomas Benton Wheeler January 18, 1887 – January 19, 1891 Lawrence Sullivan Ross Democratic
George Cassety Pendleton January 19, 1891 – January 17, 1893 Lawrence Sullivan Ross Democratic
Martin McNulty Crane January 17, 1893 – January 15, 1895 Jim Hogg Democratic
George Taylor Jester January 15, 1895 – January 17, 1899 Charles A. Culberson Democratic
James Nathan Browning January 17, 1899 – January 20, 1903 Joseph D. Sayers Democratic
George D. Neal January 20, 1903 – January 15, 1907 S. W. T. Lanham Democratic
Asbury Bascom Davidson January 15, 1907 – January 20, 1913 Thomas Mitchell Campbell
Oscar Branch Colquitt
Democratic
William Harding Mayes January 20, 1913 – August 14, 1914 Oscar Branch Colquitt Democratic
Vacant 1914–1915   –
William Pettus Hobby Sr. January 19, 1915 – August 25, 1917 James E. Ferguson Democratic
Vacant 1917–1919 William P. Hobby   –
Willard Arnold Johnson January 21, 1919 – January 18, 1921 William P. Hobby Democratic
Lynch Davidson January 18, 1921 – January 16, 1923 Pat Morris Neff Democratic
Thomas Whitfield Davidson January 16, 1923 – January 20, 1925 Pat Morris Neff Democratic
Barry Miller January 20, 1925 – January 20, 1931 Miriam A. Ferguson
Dan Moody
Democratic
Edgar E. Witt January 20, 1931 – January 15, 1935 Ross S. Sterling
Miriam A. Ferguson
Democratic
Walter Frank Woodul January 15, 1935 – January 17, 1939 James V. Allred Democratic
Coke Robert Stevenson January 17, 1939 – August 4, 1941 W. Lee O'Daniel Democratic
Vacant 1941–1943 Coke R. Stevenson   –
John Lee Smith January 19, 1943 – January 21, 1947 Coke R. Stevenson
Beauford H. Jester
Democratic
Robert Allan Shivers January 21, 1947 – July 11, 1949 Beauford H. Jester Democratic
Vacant 1949–1951 Allan Shivers   –
Ben Ramsey January 16, 1951 – September 18, 1961 Allan Shivers
Price Daniel
Democratic
Vacant 1961–1963 Price Daniel   –
Preston Earnest Smith January 15, 1963 – January 21, 1969 John Connally Democratic
Ben Barnes January 21, 1969 – January 16, 1973 Preston Smith Democratic
William Pettus Hobby Jr. January 16, 1973 – January 15, 1991 Dolph Briscoe (Democratic)
Bill Clements (Republican)
Mark White (Democratic)
Bill Clements (Republican)
Democratic
Bob Bullock January 15, 1991 – January 19, 1999 Ann Richards (Democratic)
George W. Bush (Republican)
Democratic
Rick Perry[4] January 19, 1999 – December 21, 2000 George W. Bush Republican
Bill Ratliff[5] December 28, 2000 – January 21, 2003 Rick Perry Republican
David Dewhurst January 21, 2003 – January 20, 2015 Rick Perry Republican
Dan Patrick January 20, 2015 – present Greg Abbott Republican

References[change | change source]

  1. Duties and Powers of the lieutenant governor
  2. Jones was removed by General Philip Sheridan, commander of the Fifth Military District during Reconstruction and the office remained vacant until the 14th Legislature in 1874.
  3. Flanagan was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1869 but was not inaugurated. He presided over the Provisional session, but left office after being selected as an at-large representative to the U.S. Congress.
  4. Perry vacated the office when he succeeded George W. Bush as Governor of Texas on December 21, 2000.
  5. Ratliff was chosen by the Texas Senate to finish the unexpired term due to the vacancy of Rick Perry's succession to the Governorship. Ratliff served until David Dewhurst was elected in 2002 and inaugurated on January 21, 2003.