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Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
Bethany Hall-Long.jpg
Incumbent
Bethany Hall-Long

since January 17, 2017
StyleMadam Lieutenant Governor
Term lengthFour years, 2 Terms.
Inaugural holderPhilip L. Cannon
Websiteltgov.delaware.gov

The lieutenant governor of Delaware is the second ranking executive officer of the U.S. state of Delaware. Lieutenant governors are elected for a term of four years in the same general election as the U.S. President and take office the following January.

As in many other U.S. state legislatures, the lieutenant governor also serves as the President of the Delaware Senate, though they can only issue a vote if there is a tie on any vote.

The Office of Lieutenant Governor was created by the Delaware Constitution of 1897, and the first election took place in 1900.

Although in practice the candidate for lieutenant governor is nominated as a ticket with the candidate for governor, the offices of governor and lieutenant governor are voted on separately in Delaware. In 1972, 1976, and 1984, the governor and lieutenant governor were elected from different parties.

Bethany Hall-Long is the current lieutenant governor, having taken office January 17, 2017.

The offices of the lieutenant governor are at the state capital of Dover.

List

Parties

  Democratic (14)   Republican (12)

# Lt. Governor Took office Left office Governor(s) served under Party 1 Philip L. Cannon January 15, 1901 January 17, 1905 John Hunn Republican 2 Isaac T. Parker January 17, 1905 January 19, 1909 Preston Lea Republican 3 John M. Mendinhall January 19, 1909 January 21, 1913 Simeon S. Pennewill Republican 4 Colen Ferguson January 21, 1913 January 16, 1917 Charles R. Miller (Republican) Democratic 5 Lewis E. Eliason January 16, 1917 May 2, 1919 John G. Townsend, Jr. (Republican) Democratic 6 J. Danforth Bush January 18, 1921 January 20, 1925 William D. Denney Republican 7 James H. Anderson January 20, 1925 January 15, 1929 Robert P. Robinson Republican 8 James H. Hazel January 15, 1929 January 17, 1933 C. Douglass Buck Republican 9 Roy F. Corley January 17, 1933 January 19, 1937 C. Douglass Buck Republican 10 Edward W. Cooch January 19, 1937 January 21, 1941 Richard C. McMullen Democratic 11 Isaac J. MacCollum January 21, 1941 January 16, 1945 Walter W. Bacon Democratic 12 Elbert N. Carvel January 16, 1945 January 18, 1949 Walter W. Bacon Democratic 13 Alexis I. du Pont Bayard January 18, 1949 January 20, 1953 Elbert N. Carvel Democratic 14 John W. Rollins January 20, 1953 January 15, 1957 J. Caleb Boggs Republican 15 David P. Buckson January 15, 1957 December 30, 1960 J. Caleb Boggs Republican 16 Eugene Lammot January 17, 1961 January 19, 1965 Elbert N. Carvel Democratic 17 Sherman W. Tribbitt January 19, 1965 January 21, 1969 Charles L. Terry, Jr. Democratic 18 Eugene Bookhammer January 21, 1969 January 18, 1977 Russell W. Peterson (Republican)Sherman W. Tribbitt (Democratic) Republican 19 James D. McGinnis January 18, 1977 January 20, 1981 Pete du Pont (Republican) Democratic 20 Mike Castle January 20, 1981 January 15, 1985 Pete du Pont Republican 21 S. B. Woo January 15, 1985 January 20, 1989 Michael N. Castle Democratic 22 Dale E. Wolf January 20, 1989 December 31, 1992 Mike Castle Republican 23 Ruth Ann Minner January 19, 1993 January 3, 2001 Tom Carper Democratic 24 John Carney January 16, 2001 January 20, 2009 Ruth Ann Minner Democratic 25 Matthew Denn January 20, 2009 January 6, 2015 Jack Markell Democratic 26 Bethany Hall-Long January 17, 2017 present John Carney Democratic

Living former lieutenant governors of Delaware

As of November 2021, four former lieutenant governors of Delaware are living, the oldest being Shien Biau Woo (served 1985–1989, born 1937). The most recent and most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Ruth Ann Minner (served 1993–2001, born 1935), who died on November 4, 2021.

Lt. Governor Lt. gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Michael N. Castle 1981–1985 (1939-07-02) July 2, 1939 (age 83)
Shien Biau Woo 1985–1989 (1937-08-13) August 13, 1937 (age 85)
John Carney 2001–2009 (1956-05-20) May 20, 1956 (age 66)
Matthew Denn 2009–2015 (1966-02-09) February 9, 1966 (age 56)

References