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Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi

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Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi
Delbert Hosemann

since January 14, 2020
TypeLieutenant Governor
Term lengthFour years
Two terms

The lieutenant governor of Mississippi is the second-highest ranking executive officer in Mississippi, below the governor of Mississippi. The office of lieutenant governor was established when Mississippi became a state, abolished for a few decades in the first half of the 19th century, and restored later in the century.

The lieutenant governor is the president of the (state) Senate and presides over that body, only voting to break a tie. Compared to the lieutenant governors in other states, Mississippi's has a great deal of power concerning the state Senate. The lieutenant governor has the sole ability to appoint members, vice-chairmen, and chairmen to the various Senate committees, regardless of each party's strength in the chamber. For example, Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, a Republican, appointed other Republicans to the chairmanships of some committees, even though the Democrats had a four-seat majority. Given that power, it is argued that the office is more powerful than the governorship.

In the event of the death, resignation, or removal of the governor, the lieutenant governor assumes the higher office. Also, if the governor is out of state, then the lieutenant governor can act in the governor's place.

There is a two-term limit, with each term being four years long.

The majority of Mississippi Lieutenant Governors have been Democrats, although the post has been held continuously by Republicans since 2002. Since the end of Reconstruction, there have been only four Republicans: Eddie Briggs, who served from 1992 to 1996; Amy Tuck, who served from 2000 to 2008 (who was originally elected as a Democrat before switching to the Republican Party in December 2002 and being re-elected as a Republican in 2003). There have been three consecutive full-time Republicans since 2008, Phil Bryant, who served from 2008 to 2012; Tate Reeves, who served from 2012 to 2020; and Delbert Hosemann who assumed office on January 14, 2020.



  No party   Democratic   Republican

Lieutenant governors (1817–1832)

Lt. Governor Term Party
Duncan Stewart 1817–1820
James Patton 1820–1822
David Dickson 1822–1824
Gerard C. Brandon 1824–1826*
Abram M. Scott 1828–1832 Democrat
Fountain Winston 1832–1832

Presidents of the Senate

The Office of Lieutenant Governor was abolished by the Constitution of 1832, and the duties of President of the Senate were incorporated into a separate office.

Senate President Term Party
Charles Lynch 1833–1834 Democrat
P. Briscoe 1834–1836
W. Van Norman 1836–1837
Alexander G. McNutt 1837–1838 Democrat
A. L. Bingaman 1838–1840
G. B. Augustus 1840–1842
Jesse Speight 1842–1843
A. Fox 1843–1844
Jesse Speight 1844–1846
G. T. Swan 1846–1848
Dabney Lipscomb 1848–1850
John Isaac Guion 1850-1851 Democrat
James Whitfield 1852–1854 Democrat
John J. Pettus 1854–1858 Democrat
James Drane 1858–1865
John M. Simonton 1865–1869

Lieutenant governors (1870–present)

The Constitution of 1868 re-established the Office of Lieutenant Governor. This office also re-assumed the duties of President of the Senate.

Lt. Governor Term Governor(s) served under Party
Ridgley C. Powers 1870–1871 James L. Alcorn Republican
Alexander K. Davis 1871–1876 Ridgley C. Powers
Adelbert Ames
John M. Stone 1876 Adelbert Ames Democrat
William H. Sims 1878–1882 John M. Stone Democrat
G. D. Shands 1882–1890 Robert Lowry Democrat
M. M. Evans 1890–1896 John M. Stone Democrat
J. H. Jones 1896–1900 Anselm J. McLaurin Democrat
James T. Harrison 1900–1904 Andrew H. Longino Democrat
John Prentiss Carter 1904–1908 James K. Vardaman Democrat
Luther Manship 1908–1912 Edmond Noel Democrat
Theodore G. Bilbo 1912–1916 Earl L. Brewer Democrat
Lee Maurice Russell 1916–1920 Theodore G. Bilbo Democrat
Homer Casteel 1920–1924 Lee M. Russell Democrat
Dennis Murphree 1924–1927 Henry L. Whitfield Democrat
Bidwell Adam 1928–1932 Theodore G. Bilbo Democrat
Dennis Murphree 1932–1936 Martin Sennet Conner Democrat
Jacob Buehler Snider 1936–1940 Hugh L. White Democrat
Dennis Murphree 1940–1943 Paul B. Johnson Sr. Democrat
Fielding L. Wright 1944–1946 Thomas L. Bailey Democrat
Sam Lumpkin 1948–1952 Fielding L. Wright Democrat
Carroll Gartin 1952–1960 Hugh L. White
James P. Coleman
Paul B. Johnson, Jr. 1960–1964 Ross Barnett Democrat
Carroll Gartin 1964–1966 Paul B. Johnson Jr. Democrat
Charles L. Sullivan 1968–1972 John Bell Williams Democrat
William F. Winter 1972–1976 William Waller Democrat
Evelyn Gandy 1976–1980 Cliff Finch Democrat
Brad Dye 1980–1992 William Winter
William Allain
Ray Mabus
Eddie Briggs 1992–1996 Kirk Fordice Republican
Ronnie Musgrove 1996–2000
Amy Tuck1 2000–2002 Ronnie Musgrove Democrat
2002–2008 Ronnie Musgrove (Democratic)

Haley Barbour (Republican)

Phil Bryant 2008–2012 Haley Barbour Republican
Tate Reeves 2012–2020 Phil Bryant Republican
Delbert Hosemann 2020–present Tate Reeves Republican

1. Amy Tuck switched to the Republican Party in December 2002.

Living former lieutenant governors of Mississippi

As of December 2020, there are five former lieutenant governors of Mississippi who are currently living at this time, the oldest lieutenant governor of Mississippi being Eddie Briggs (served 1992–1996, born 1949). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor of Mississippi was that of William F. Winter (served 1972–1976, born 1923) on December 18, 2020. The most recently serving former lieutenant governor of Mississippi to die was Brad Dye (served 1980–1992, born 1933) on July 1, 2018.

Lt. Governor Lt. gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Eddie Briggs 1992–1996 (1949-10-14) October 14, 1949 (age 72)
Ronnie Musgrove 1996–2000 (1956-07-29) July 29, 1956 (age 66)
Amy Tuck 2000–2008 (1963-07-08) July 8, 1963 (age 59)
Phil Bryant 2008–2012 (1954-12-09) December 9, 1954 (age 67)
Tate Reeves 2012–2020 (1974-06-05) June 5, 1974 (age 48)

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