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Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

The Office of Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana is the second highest state office in Louisiana. The current Lieutenant Governor is Jay Dardenne, a Republican. He was elected in a special election on November 2, 2010 to replace Mitch Landrieu, who was elected to the office of Mayor of New Orleans on February 6, 2010 and resigned as Lieutenant Governor to assume the mayoral office on May 3, 2010. As prescribed in the Louisiana Constitution, Governor Bobby Jindal had appointed Scott Angelle to serve as the interim Lieutenant Governor until the special election could be held.

Paul J. Hardy, who served from 1988 to 1992, was the first Republican in the position after the Reconstruction Era.


The office was established by the Louisiana Constitution of 1845. Prior to that, the successor to the Governor in the event of his death or resignation was the President of the Louisiana Senate.[1][2] A number of State Senate Presidents succeeded Governors before the 1845 Constitution was adopted, including Henry S. Thibodaux, Armand Beauvais and Jacques Dupre.

The Lieutenant Governor presided over the Louisiana Senate from 1845 until the adoption of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974. Today, the Lieutenant Governor exercises powers delegated to him or her by the Governor as provided by law. She or he also serves as governor in the event of a vacancy in the office; if the Governor is unable to act as governor; or is out of state. Under the constitution, the Lieutenant Governor no longer serves as ex officio president of the Senate, but is made an ex officio member of each committee, board and commission on which the Governor serves. (Louisiana Constitution Article IV, Section 6) Additionally, the Lieutenant Governor serves as Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

List of lieutenant governors


      Independent       Democratic       Republican


No. Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Notes Governor
1 Trasimond Landry 1846 1850 Whig [2][3] Isaac Johnson
2 Jean Baptiste Plauche 1850 1853 Independent [2][3][4][5] Joseph Marshall Walker
3 William Wood Farmer 1853 1854 Democratic [2][3][6] Paul Octave Hébert
4 Robert C. Wickliffe 1854 1856 Democratic [7][8] Paul Octave Hébert
5 Charles Homer Mouton 1856 1856 Democratic [2][3][9] Robert C. Wickliffe
6 William F. Griffin 1856 1860 Democratic [2][3][10] Robert C. Wickliffe

Civil War Era

Lieutenant Governors of Confederate Louisiana

No. Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Notes Governor
7 Henry M. Hyams 1860 1864 Democratic Thomas Overton Moore
8 Benjamin W. Pearce 1864 1865 Democratic Henry Watkins Allen

Lieutenant Governors of Union-held territory in Louisiana

No. Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Notes Governor
9 James M. Wells 1864 1865 Republican Michael Hahn (Republican)
10 Albert Voorhies 1865 1866 Republican James Madison Wells (Republican)

Resumption of U.S. Statehood

No. Lt. Governor Took Office Left Office Party Notes Governor
11 Oscar J. Dunn 1868 1871 Republican Henry C. Warmoth (Republican)
12 P. B. S. Pinchback 1871 1872 Republican Henry C. Warmoth (Republican)
13 Davidson B. Penn 1873 1873 Democratic; Liberal Republican John McEnery (Democratic; Liberal Republican)
14 C.C. Antoine 1873 1877 Republican William P. Kellogg (Republican) 1973-1977
Stephen B. Packard (Republican) 1977
15 Louis A. Wiltz 1877 1880 Democratic Francis T. Nicholls (Democratic)
16 Samuel D. McEnery 1880 1881 Democratic Louis A. Wiltz (Democratic)
17 W.A. Robertson 1881 1881 Democratic Samuel D. McEnery (Democratic)
18 George L. Walton 1881 1882 Democratic Samuel D. McEnery (Democratic)
19 Clay Knobloch 1884 1888 Democratic Samuel D. McEnery (Democratic)
20 James Jeffries 1888 1892 Democratic Francis T. Nicholls (Democratic)
21 Charles Parlange 1892 1893 Democratic Murphy J. Foster (Democratic)
22 Hiram R. Lott 1893 1895 Democratic Murphy J. Foster (Democratic)
23 Robert H. Snyder 1895 1900 Democratic Murphy J. Foster (Democratic)
24 Albert Estopinal 1900 1904 Democratic W. W. Heard (Democratic)
25 Jared Y. Sanders, Sr. 1904 1908 Democratic Newton C. Blanchard (Democratic)
26 Paul M. Lambremont 1908 1911 Democratic Jared Y. Sanders, Sr. (Democratic)
27 Thomas C. Barret 1912 1916 Democratic Luther E. Hall (Democratic)
28 Fernand Mouton 1916 1920 Democratic Ruffin G. Pleasant (Democratic)
29 Hewitt Bouanchaud 1920 1924 Democratic John M. Parker (Democratic)
30 Delos R. Johnson 1924 1924 Democratic John M. Parker (Democratic)
31 Oramel H. Simpson 1924 1926 Democratic Henry L. Fuqua (Democratic)
32 Philip H. Gilbert 1926 1928 Democratic Oramel H. Simpson (Democratic)
33 Paul N. Cyr 1928 1931 Democratic [11] Huey P. Long (Democratic)
34 Alvin Olin King 1931 1932 Democratic [3][12][13] Huey P. Long (Democratic)
35 John B. Fournet 1932 1935 Democratic O. K. Allen (Democratic)
36 Thomas C. Wingate 1935 1935 Democratic O. K. Allen (Democratic)
37 James A. Noe 1935 1936 Democratic O. K. Allen (Democratic)
38 Earl K. Long 1936 1939 Democratic Richard W. Leche (Democratic)
39 Coleman Lindsey 1939 1940 Democratic Earl K. Long (Democratic)
40 Marc M. Mouton 1940 1944 Democratic Sam H. Jones (Democratic)
41 J. Emile Verret 1944 1948 Democratic Jimmie H. Davis (Democratic)
42 William J. Dodd 1948 1952 Democratic Earl K. Long (Democratic)
43 Charles E. (Cap) Barham 1952 1956 Democratic Robert F. Kennon (Democratic)
44 Lether Frazar 1956 1960 Democratic Earl K. Long (Democratic)
45 Clarence C. (Taddy) Aycock 1960 1972 Democratic Jimmie H. Davis (Democratic) 1960-1964
John J. McKeithen (Democratic) 1964-1972
46 James E. (Jimmy) Fitzmorris, Jr. 1972 1980 Democratic Edwin Edwards (Democratic)
47 Robert (Bobby) Freeman 1980 1988 Democratic David C. Treen (Republican) 1980-1984
Edwin Edwards (Democratic) 1984-1988
48 Paul Hardy 1988 1992 Republican Buddy Roemer (Democratic turn Republican)
49 Melinda Schwegmann 1992 1996 Democratic Edwin Edwards (Democratic)
50 Kathleen Babineaux Blanco 1996 2004 Democratic Mike Foster (Republican)
51 Mitchell (Mitch) Landrieu 2004 2010 Democratic Kathleen Blanco (Democratic)
Bobby Jindal (Republican)
52 Scott Angelle 2010 2010 Democratic Bobby Jindal (Republican)
2010 2010 Republican Bobby Jindal (Republican)
53 John L. (Jay) Dardenne 2010 Republican Bobby Jindal (Republican)

Living former lieutenant governors

As of August 2014, seven former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being James E. Fitzmorris, Jr. (1972–1980, born 1921). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of William J. Dodd (1948–1952), on November 16, 1991.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
James E. (Jimmy) Fitzmorris, Jr. 1972–1980 (1921-11-15) November 15, 1921
Robert (Bobby) Freeman 1980–1988 (1934-04-27) April 27, 1934
Paul Hardy 1988–1992 (1942-10-18) October 18, 1942
Melinda Schwegmann 1992–1996 (1946-10-25) October 25, 1946
Kathleen Blanco 1996–2004 (1942-12-15) December 15, 1942
Mitch Landrieu 2004–2010 (1960-08-16) August 16, 1960
Scott Angelle 2010 (1961-11-20) November 20, 1961


  1. ^ Louisiana State Constitution of 1812 Article III Sect. 17th. and Louisiana State Constitution of 1845 Art. 45
  2. ^ a b c d e f [Baton Rouge]: Baton Rouge news Pub. Co., State printers, 1902.Report of the Secretary of State to His Excellency W.W. Heard, Governor of the State of Louisiana. May 12th, 1902.Louisiana. p 325
  3. ^ a b c d e f Calhoun, Milburn, and Bernie McGovern. Louisiana Almanac, 2002-2003 Edition. Gretna, LA: Pelican Pub. Co, 2001. PP 462-63
  4. ^ s:Louisiana State Constitution of 1852 The Constitution of 1852 shortened this term.
  5. ^ Hyde, Samuel C. Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810-1899. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998. p.71
  6. ^ Died in office
  7. ^ When William Wood Farmer died in office in 1854, Robert C. Wickliffe, as President Pro Temp, became Lieutenant Governor.
  8. ^ s:Louisiana State Constitution of 1852 The Constitution of 1852 Set this to in end in 1856
  9. ^ Resigned
  10. ^ When Charles Homer Mouton Resigned from in office, William F. Griffin, as President Pro Temp, became Lieutenant Governor.
  11. ^ Vacated the Lieutenant Governorship by tring to declared himself governor
  12. ^ As President pro tempore of the Senate became Lieutenant Governor when Paul N. Cyr vacated the Lieutenant Governorship
  13. ^ Became Governor on January 25, 1932

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