Lieutenant Governors: Powerful in Two Branches

The office of lieutenant governor is gaining recognition for its power and possibility. Lieutenant governors are unique officeholders with many having power in both the executive and legislative branches. In states in which the lieutenant governor is elected as a team with the governor and does not preside over the Senate, a trend is emerging. Lieutenant governors are being named to lead state departments and major authorities.

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About the Author
Julia Nienaber Hurst is executive director of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). Hurst holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and previously was chief operating officer of The Council of State Governments. She authored government research published in Spectrum: The Journal of State Government, State Government News and at