Lieutenant Governor of Delaware

Lieutenant Governor of Delaware

since January 6, 2015
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, no term limits

The Lieutenant Governor of Delaware is the second ranking executive officer of the U.S. state of Delaware. Lieutenant Governors are elected for a term of four years in the same general election as the U.S. President and take office the following January.

As in many other U.S. state legislatures, the Lieutenant Governor also serves as the President of the Delaware Senate, though he or she can only issue a vote if there is a tie on any vote.

Although in practice the candidate for Lieutenant Governor is nominated as a ticket with the candidate for Governor, the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor are voted on separately in Delaware. In 1972, 1976, and 1984, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor were elected from different parties.

The Delaware Lieutenant Governor's office is currently vacant due to Matthew Denn's resignation, following his election and before his subsequent assumption of office as Delaware Attorney General. Bethany Hall-Long was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2016, and is scheduled to assume office on January 20, 2017.

The offices of the Lieutenant Governor are at the state capital of Dover.

See also


Rubenstein, Harvey Bernard (1997). The Delaware Constitution of 1897. The Delaware State Bar Association. 

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