Louisiana Lieutenant Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Oct 19, 2019

Filing Window

Aug 20, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019


The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Louisiana. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality. The lieutenant governor exercises powers delegated to him by the governor as provided by law. The lieutenant governor also serves as governor in the event of a vacancy in the office, if the governor is unable to act as governor, or is out of state. Under the state constitution, the lieutenant governor no longer serves as ex-officio President of the Louisiana State Senate, but he is made an ex-officio member of each committee, board and commission on which the governor serves. Additionally, the lieutenant governor serves as commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and has such other responsibilities and duties as the governor shall assign. The salary for this position is $115,000/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the required qualifying forms. 2) Complete the required qualifying forms and submit the qualifying forms to the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations. The qualifying forms require either the submission of a qualifying fee or nomination papers. Additional paperwork, such as campaign finance forms, must be filed as well. 3) If you are running for a position contested during the federal election, the qualifying window is from the 3rd Wednesday in July until the following Friday. If you are running for a position contested during the gubernatorial election (state representatives and state senators are elected during this type of election), the filing window takes place from the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August until the following Thursday. Petition signature requirements vary by office. Candidates qualify with the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations. Louisiana has a “jungle” primary system where all candidates regardless of political party affiliation appear on the same primary ballot. The primary for federal positions occurs on the general election date in November. If no candidate attains a majority of the vote during the primary, a Louisiana general election is held the 2nd Saturday in December. The primary for gubernatorial positions is held the 2nd to last Saturday in October and the gubernatorial general is held 4 Saturdays afterwards. If you have any questions or concerns you are encouraged to contact the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations at (225) 922-0900 or visit the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations website: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/BecomeACandidate/Pages/default.aspx.