The lieutenant governor of California is the second highest executive officer of the government of the U.S. state of California. The lieutenant governor is elected to serve a four-year term and can serve a maximum of two terms.
Under California’s Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor serves as Acting Governor whenever the Governor is absent from the state, and automatically becomes Governor if a vacancy occurs in the Office of Governor. The Lieutenant Governor is also President of the Senate and votes in case of a tie.
Under Section 9C, the Lieutenant-Governor or Administrator assumes the administration of the government of the State if there is a vacancy in the office of Governor or the Governor is unavailable.
Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California.
In most cases, the lieutenant governor is the highest officer of state after the governor, standing in for that officer when they are absent from the state or temporarily incapacitated. In the event a governor dies, resigns or is removed from office, the lieutenant governor typically becomes governor.
Five of the seven remaining states (Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Wyoming) do not have a lieutenant governor, and two (Tennessee and West Virginia) assign the position to the Senate president, whom the State Senate elects.
In the Republic of India, a lieutenant governor is the constitutional head of five of the eight union territories. The lieutenant governor is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years, and holds office at the President’s pleasure.
On November 6, Kounalakis was elected by a 56.6% to 43.3% margin against her opponent. Kounalakis, along with then Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, took office on January 7, 2019. After her candidacy announcement, she visited all 58 counties in California during her campaign.
Governors exist in the states while lieutenant governors or administrator exist in union territories including National Capital Territory of Delhi. The governor acts as the nominal head whereas the real power lies with the Chief ministers of the states and his/her councils of ministers.
The Lieutenant Governor’s constitutional duties include, among others: Swearing in the provincial government’s Executive Council (Premier and Cabinet); Opening each session of the provincial legislative assembly; and. Providing Royal Assent to provincial bills.
Official duties dictated to the lieutenant governor under the present New York Constitution are to serve as president of the state senate, serve as acting governor in the absence of the governor from the state or the disability of the governor, or to become governor in the event of the governor’s death, resignation or
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