About the Lt Governor
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, separate and distinct from the
Alabama Legislature, was created by way of the Constitution of 1901. The
Lieutenant Governor is first in the line of succession to the Governor and
serves as President of the Alabama Senate.
The office is filled by an election
of the people every four years and may be held for no more than two consecutive
terms. Rather than running as a ticket as they do in many states, Alabama's
Lieutenant Governor is elected separately from the Governor. The Lieutenant
Governor - along with the Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary
of State, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries and the
Sheriff of each county - serves as a member of the Executive Department of state
government. The Lieutenant Governor must be at least 30 years old and is
required to live in the capital city of Montgomery while serving.
officer, the Lieutenant Governor is responsible for convening the body into
session, for the preservation of order in the chamber, and for the determination
of points of order. The Lieutenant Governor also plays important roles in the
appointment of Senate standing committees, the assignment of bills to those
committees, and in the appointment of citizens of Alabama to various boards,
commissions and authorities. In addition to serving as the Senate’s presiding
officer, the Lieutenant Governor performs the duties of the Governor in the
event of the Governor’s death, impeachment, disability, or absence from the
state for more than 20 days. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor is located in
Suite 725 of the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Alabama.