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Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota

Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Seal of South Dakota
Matt Michels

since January 8, 2011
Style The Honorable
Term length 4 years, renewable once, same election with The governor's Ticket
Inaugural holder James H. Fletcher, 1889
Formation Constitution of South Dakota
Salary $14,400
Website Governor's Website

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

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 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.

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

List of lieutenant governors


      Democratic       Republican

# Lt. Governor Party From To
1 James H. Fletcher Republican 1889 1891
2 George H. Hoffman Republican 1891 1893
3 Charles N. Herreid Republican 1893 1897
4 Daniel T. Hindman Republican 1897 1899
5 John T. Kean Republican 1899 1901
6 George W. Snow Republican 1901 1905
7 John E. McDougall Republican 1905 1907
8 Howard C. Shober Republican 1907 1911
9 Frank M. Byrne Republican 1911 1913
10 Edward Lincoln Abel Republican 1913 1915
11 Peter Norbeck Republican 1915 1917
12 William H. McMaster Republican 1917 1921
13 Carl Gunderson Republican 1921 1925
14 Alva Clark Forney Republican 1925 1927
15 Hyatt E. Covey Republican 1927 1929
16 Clarence E. Coyne[1] Republican 1929 1929
17 John T. Grigsby Democrat 1929 1931
18 Odell K. Whitney Republican 1931 1933
19 Hans Ustrud Democrat 1933 1935
20 Robert Peterson Democrat 1935 1937
21 Donald McMurchie Republican 1937 1941
22 A. C. Miller Republican 1941 1945
23 Sioux K. Grigsby Republican 1945 1949
24 Rex A. Terry Republican 1949 1955
25 L. Roy Houck Republican 1955 1959
26 John F. Lindley Democrat 1959 1961
27 Joseph H. Bottum[2] Republican 1961 1962
28 Nils Boe Republican 1963 1965
29 Lem Overpeck Republican 1965 1969
30 James Abdnor Republican 1969 1971
31 William Dougherty Democrat 1971 1975
32 Harvey L. Wollman[3] Democrat 1975 1978
33 Lowell C. Hansen II Republican 1979 1987
34 Walter Dale Miller[4] Republican 1987 1993
35 Steve T. Kirby Republican 1993 1995
36 Carole Hillard Republican 1995 2003
37 Dennis Daugaard Republican 2003 2011
38 Matt Michels Republican 2011

Living former lieutenant governors

As of August 2014, five former lieutenant governors were alive, the oldest being Walter Dale Miller (1987–1993, born 1925). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of James Abdnor (1969–1971), on May 16, 2012. The most recent serving lieutenant governor to die was Carole Hillard (1995–2003), on October 25, 2007.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Harvey L. Wollman 1975–1978 (1935-05-14) May 14, 1935
Lowell C. Hansen II 1979–1987 (1939-10-11) October 11, 1939
Walter Dale Miller 1987–1993 (1925-10-05) October 5, 1925
Steve T. Kirby 1993–1995 (1952-03-26) March 26, 1952
Dennis Daugaard 2003–2011 (1953-06-11) June 11, 1953

See also


  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. ^ Steve T. Kirby was appointed to fill the vacancy.
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