List of lieutenant governors of Colorado
|Lieutenant Governor of Colorado|
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Lafayette Head|
|Salary||$68,500 per year|
The Lieutenant Governor of Colorado is the second-highest-ranking member of the executive department of the Government of Colorado, United States, below the Governor of Colorado. The Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, who acts as Governor of Colorado in the absence of the officeholder and succeeds to the governorship in case of vacancy, is elected on a partisan ticket.
After the 1966 general election, the Constitution of Colorado was amended to require the joint election of governor and lieutenant governor — candidates running as a ticket. Prior to this amendment, the lieutenant governor candidate was elected separately from the governor during the same election—sometimes resulting in a governor and a lieutenant governor from different political parties.
- Lieutenant governors represented the same party as their governor unless noted.
- Represented the Democratic Party.
- The 1904 gubernatorial election was rife with fraud and controversy. Adams and Cornforth won election, but soon after Adams took office the Republican legislature declared Peabody to be the actual winner, on the condition that Peabody immediately resign. Since Peabody had been governor for a few moments before resigning, it was his lieutenant governor, McDonald, that succeeded to the governorship. Cornforth, as president pro tempore of the senate, acted as lieutenant governor until the Colorado Supreme Court declared that Parks, who had been elected president pro tempore of the senate on April 3, 1905, was the rightful acting lieutenant governor.
- Represented the Republican Party.
- Johnson resigned and Talbot succeeded him, rendering the office vacant for the remainder of the term.
- Knous resigned and Johnson succeeded him; as president of the senate, Murphy succeeded Johnson.
- Love resigned and Vanderhoof succeeded him; as president of the senate, Strickland succeeded Vanderhoof.
- García resigned to be President of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; Lynne was nominated and confirmed to succeed him.
- Primavera's first term expires on January 10, 2023.
- "Constitution of the State of Colorado, as amended, annotated". Michie's Legal Resources. 1876. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
- "Constitution of the State of Colorado" (PDF). Colorado State Archives. 1876. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
- The Colorado State Constitution, by Dale A. Oesterle, Richard B. Collins https://books.google.com/books?id=3epMAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA102&lpg=PA102&dq=election+colorado+lieutenant+governor&source=bl&ots=o9D16W-H9A&sig=oFAP6pfuu9uSu2wictxCB5quh9Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDoQ6AEwBTgeahUKEwi_sZXf6KTHAhXIm4gKHXfhAAo#v=onepage&q=election%20colorado%20lieutenant%20governor&f=false
- "Cornforth is Deposed, Parks Lieutenant Governor". New Castle, Colorado: New Castle Nonpareil. July 8, 1905. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
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