Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

The Office of Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana (French: Lieutenant-Gouverneur de la Louisiane) is the second highest state office in Louisiana. The current lieutenant governor is Billy Nungesser, a Republican.

Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
Lieutenant-Gouverneur de la Louisiane
Billy Nungesser

since January 11, 2016
AppointerPopular election
Term lengthFour years
Inaugural holderTrasimond Landry
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Paul J. Hardy, who served from 1988 to 1992, was the first Republican in the position after the Reconstruction Era.


The office was established by the Louisiana Constitution of 1845. Prior to that, the successor to the governor in the event of his death or resignation was the President of the Louisiana State Senate.[1][2] A number of state senate presidents succeeded governors before the 1845 Constitution was adopted, including Henry S. Thibodaux, Armand Beauvais and Jacques Dupre.

The lieutenant governor presided over the Louisiana Senate from 1845 until the adoption of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974. Today, the lieutenant governor exercises powers delegated to him or her by the governor as provided by law. She or he 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 constitution, the lieutenant governor no longer serves as ex officio president of the senate, but is made an ex officio member of each committee, board and commission on which the governor serves. (Louisiana Constitution Article IV, Section 6) Additionally, the lieutenant governor serves as commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

List of lieutenant governors


  Independent (0)   Democratic (46)   Republican (8)


No.Lt. governorTook officeLeft officePartyNotesGovernor
1Trasimond Landry18461850Democratic[2][3]Isaac Johnson
2Jean Baptiste Plauche18501853Democratic[2][3][4][5]Joseph Marshall Walker
3William Wood Farmer18531854Democratic[2][3][6]Paul Octave Hébert
4Robert C. Wickliffe18541856Democratic[7][8]Paul Octave Hébert
5Charles Homer Mouton18561856Democratic[2][3][9]Robert C. Wickliffe
6William F. Griffin18561860Democratic[2][3][10]Robert C. Wickliffe

Civil War era

Lieutenant governors of Confederate Louisiana

No.Lt. governorTook officeLeft officePartyNotesGovernor
7Henry M. Hyams18601864DemocraticThomas Overton Moore
8Benjamin W. Pearce18641865DemocraticHenry Watkins Allen

Lieutenant governors of Union-held territory in Louisiana

No.Lt. governorTook officeLeft officePartyNotesGovernor
9James M. Wells18641865RepublicanMichael Hahn (Republican)
10Albert Voorhies18651866RepublicanJames Madison Wells (Republican)

Resumption of U.S. statehood

No.Lt. governorTook officeLeft officePartyNotesGovernor
11Oscar J. Dunn18681871RepublicanHenry C. Warmoth (Republican)
12P. B. S. Pinchback18711872RepublicanHenry C. Warmoth (Republican)
13Davidson B. Penn18731873Democratic; Liberal RepublicanJohn McEnery (Democratic; Liberal Republican)
14C.C. Antoine18731877RepublicanWilliam P. Kellogg (Republican) 1873-1877
Stephen B. Packard (Republican) 1877
15Louis A. Wiltz18771880DemocraticFrancis T. Nicholls (Democratic)
16Samuel D. McEnery18801881DemocraticLouis A. Wiltz (Democratic)
17W.A. Robertson18811881DemocraticSamuel D. McEnery (Democratic)
18George L. Walton18811882DemocraticSamuel D. McEnery (Democratic)
19Clay Knobloch18841888DemocraticSamuel D. McEnery (Democratic)
20James Jeffries18881892DemocraticFrancis T. Nicholls (Democratic)
21Charles Parlange18921893DemocraticMurphy J. Foster (Democratic)
22Hiram R. Lott18931896DemocraticMurphy J. Foster (Democratic)
23Robert H. Snyder18961900DemocraticMurphy J. Foster (Democratic)
24Albert Estopinal19001904DemocraticW. W. Heard (Democratic)
25Jared Y. Sanders, Sr.19041908DemocraticNewton C. Blanchard (Democratic)
26Paul M. Lambremont19081911DemocraticJared Y. Sanders, Sr. (Democratic)
27Thomas C. Barret19121916DemocraticLuther E. Hall (Democratic)
28Fernand Mouton19161920DemocraticRuffin G. Pleasant (Democratic)
29Hewitt Bouanchaud19201924DemocraticJohn M. Parker (Democratic)
30Delos R. Johnson19241924DemocraticJohn M. Parker (Democratic)
31Oramel H. Simpson19241926DemocraticHenry L. Fuqua (Democratic)
32Philip H. Gilbert19261928DemocraticOramel H. Simpson (Democratic)
33Paul N. Cyr19281931Democratic[11]Huey P. Long (Democratic)
34Alvin Olin King19311932Democratic[3][12][13]Huey P. Long (Democratic)
35John B. Fournet19321935DemocraticO. K. Allen (Democratic)
36Thomas C. Wingate19351935DemocraticO. K. Allen (Democratic)
37James A. Noe19351936DemocraticO. K. Allen (Democratic)
38Earl K. Long19361939DemocraticRichard W. Leche (Democratic)
39Coleman Lindsey19391940DemocraticEarl K. Long (Democratic)
40Marc M. Mouton19401944DemocraticSam H. Jones (Democratic)
41J. Emile Verret19441948DemocraticJimmie H. Davis (Democratic)
42William J. Dodd19481952DemocraticEarl K. Long (Democratic)
43Charles E. (Cap) Barham19521956DemocraticRobert F. Kennon (Democratic)
44Lether Frazar19561960DemocraticEarl K. Long (Democratic)
45Clarence C. (Taddy) Aycock19601972DemocraticJimmie H. Davis (Democratic) 1960-1964
John J. McKeithen (Democratic) 1964-1972
46James E. (Jimmy) Fitzmorris, Jr.19721980DemocraticEdwin Edwards (Democratic)
47Robert Louis Freeman Sr.19801988DemocraticDavid C. Treen (Republican) 1980-1984
Edwin Edwards (Democratic) 1984-1988
48Paul Hardy19881992RepublicanBuddy Roemer (Democratic turn Republican)
49Melinda Schwegmann19921996DemocraticEdwin Edwards (Democratic)
50Kathleen Babineaux Blanco19962004DemocraticMike Foster (Republican)
51Mitchell (Mitch) Landrieu20042010DemocraticKathleen Blanco (Democratic)
Bobby Jindal (Republican)
52Scott Angelle20102010Democratic
53John L. (Jay) Dardenne20102016Republican
54Billy Nungesser2016IncumbentRepublicanJohn Bel Edwards (Democratic)

See also

Living former Lieutenant Governors of Louisiana

As of August 2019, there are six former lieutenant governors of Louisiana who are currently living at this time, the oldest lieutenant governor of Louisiana being James E. Fitzmorris, Jr. (served 197280, born 1921). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor of Louisiana was that of Kathleen Blanco (19962004), who died on August 18, 2019.

Lt. governorLt. gubernatorial termDate of birth (and age)
James E. (Jimmy) Fitzmorris, Jr. 19721980 (1921-11-15) November 15, 1921
Paul Hardy 19881992 (1942-10-18) October 18, 1942
Melinda Schwegmann 19921996 (1946-10-25) October 25, 1946
Mitch Landrieu 20042010 (1960-08-16) August 16, 1960
Scott Angelle 2010 (1961-11-20) November 20, 1961
Jay Dardenne 20102016 (1954-02-06) February 6, 1954


  1. Louisiana State Constitution of 1812 Article III Sect. 17th. and Louisiana State Constitution of 1845 Art. 45
  2. Louisiana. Report of the Secretary of State to His Excellency W.W. Heard, Governor of the State of Louisiana. May 12th, 1902. [Baton Rouge]: Baton Rouge news Pub. Co., State printers, 1902. p 325
  3. Calhoun, Milburn, and Bernie McGovern. Louisiana Almanac, 2002-2003 Edition. Gretna, LA: Pelican Pub. Co, 2001. PP 462-63
  4. s:Louisiana State Constitution of 1852 The Constitution of 1852 shortened this term.
  5. Hyde, Samuel C. Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810-1899. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998. p.71
  6. Died in office
  7. When William Wood Farmer died in office in 1854, Robert C. Wickliffe, as president pro temp, became lieutenant governor.
  8. s:Louisiana State Constitution of 1852 The Constitution of 1852 Set this to in end in 1856
  9. Resigned
  10. When Charles Homer Mouton resigned from office, William F. Griffin, as president pro temp, became lieutenant governor.
  11. Vacated the lieutenant governorship by trying to declare himself governor
  12. As President pro tempore of the Senate became lieutenant governor when Paul N. Cyr vacated the lieutenant governorship
  13. Became Governor on January 25, 1932

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