Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina

The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina is the second-in-command to the Governor of South Carolina. Other than the responsibility to act or serve as governor in the event of the office's vacancy, the duties of the lieutenant governor are chiefly ceremonial. The current lieutenant governor is Pamela Evette, who took office on January 9, 2019.

Lieutenant Governor of
South Carolina
Pamela Evette

since January 9, 2019
StyleHer Honor
Term lengthFour years, no limit
Inaugural holderThomas Bee
FormationSouth Carolina Constitution
Salary$46,545 (2016) [1]

Roles and responsibilities

The office of Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina is considered a part-time position. The chief responsibility of the lieutenant governor is to act as governor in the case that the governor is temporarily unable to fulfill his or her duties. And if the governor is no longer able to serve as governor, the lieutenant governor ascends to the office of governor. The most recent historical example of such ascension was on January 24, 2017 when incumbent Governor Nikki Haley resigned to become the United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster immediately became governor.

Election and qualifications

The lieutenant governor is elected at the same time as and on the same ticket as the governor.[2] The lieutenant governor's term is the same as the governors, beginning at noon on the first Wednesday after the second Tuesday of January following the election and lasting four year. However, there are no term limits for lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor must also meet the eligibility requirement as the office of governor.[3]

Oath of office

Before the lieutenant governor-elect fulfills any duties of the office, he or she is constitutionally required to take an oath of office:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am duly qualified, according to the Constitution of this State, to exercise the duties of the office to which I have been elected, (or appointed), and that I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the duties thereof, and preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of this State and of the United States. So help me God." [3]


Should the lieutenant governor leave office early by impeachment, death, resignation, disability, or disqualification, the governor will appoint a new lieutenant governor. If both the governor and lieutenant governor are unable to become governor, then the Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, President of the South Carolina Senate, Secretary of State, State Treasurer or Attorney General (in that order) shall become governor.


As a part-time position, the lieutenant governor receives a salary of $46,545, the lowest salary of any elected statewide office in South Carolina.[1]

See also


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