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DescriptionThe Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin is the first person in the order of succession of Wisconsin's executive branch, thus serving as governor in the event of the death, resignation, removal, impeachment, absence from the state, or incapacity due to illness of the Governor of Wisconsin. The position was first filled by John Edwin Holmes on June 7, 1848, the year that Wisconsin became a state.

Under the original terms of the state constitution, the lieutenant governor was elected for a two-year term on a separate ticket from the governor; because of this, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin have not always been of the same party. After a 1967 amendment, however, the two have been nominated, and voted upon, as a single ticket. The 1967 amendment also increased the terms of both the governor and lieutenant governor to four years. There is no limit to the number of terms a lieutenant governor may hold.

Until 1979, the Wisconsin Constitution merely stated that in the event of the governor's death, resignation, removal from office, impeachment, absence from the state or incapacity due to illness, "the powers and duties of the office [of Governor of Wisconsin] shall devolve upon the lieutenant governor". Lieutenant governors who served as governor during this period are referred to as "acting governors". In 1979, the constitution was amended to make this more specific: in the event of the governor's death, resignation, or removal from office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor; in the event of the governor's impeachment, absence, or incapacity, the lieutenant governor becomes acting governor until the governor is again able to serve.

If the governor appoints the lieutenant governor to a statutory board, committee or commission on which he is entitled membership as his representative, the lieutenant governor has all the authority in that position that would be granted to the governor.

Originally, the lieutenant governor also presided over the state senate and cast a vote in the event of a tie; however, after an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution in 1979, the senate chooses a senator to be presiding officer.

RACES [Show Primaries]
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Date Type Results
Nov 06, 2018 General Election
 Mandela Barnes
1,324,307
49.54%
 Rebecca Kleefisch(I)
1,295,080
48.44%
 Patrick Baird
20,225
0.76%
 Wil Losch
18,884
0.71%
 Tiffany Anderson
11,087
0.41%
 No Candidate
2,755
0.10%
  Write-In (W)
966
0.04%
  Corban Gehler (W)
3
0.00%
 William Henry Davis III (W)
1
0.00%
Nov 04, 2014 Running Mate
 Rebecca Kleefisch(I)
1,259,706
52.26%
 John W. Lehman
1,122,913
46.59%
 Joseph Brost
18,720
0.78%
 Mary Jo Walters
7,530
0.31%
  Write-In (W)
1,445
0.06%
Jun 05, 2012 Recall
 Rebecca Kleefisch(I)
1,301,739
52.89%
 Mahlon Mitchell
1,156,520
46.99%
  Scattering (W)
3,077
0.13%
Nov 02, 2010 General Election
 Rebecca Kleefisch
1,128,941
52.25%
 Tom Nelson
1,004,303
46.48%
 No Candidate
18,921
0.88%
 Terry Virgil
6,790
0.31%
  Scattering (W)
1,858
0.09%
 David Myron Smetak (W)
19
0.00%
Nov 07, 2006 General Election
 Barbara C. Lawton(I)
1,139,115
52.70%
 Jean L. Hundertmark
979,427
45.31%
 Leon Todd
40,709
1.88%
  Scattering (W)
2,449
0.11%
Nov 05, 2002 Running Mate
 Barbara C. Lawton
800,515
45.09%
 Margaret Farrow(I)
734,779
41.39%
 Marty Reynolds
185,455
10.45%
 Jeff Peterson
44,111
2.48%
  Others
10,489
0.59%
May 08, 2001 Appointment
 Margaret Farrow
1
100.00%
Nov 03, 1998 Running Mate
 Scott McCallum(I)
1,048,897
60.70%
 Barbara C. Lawton
678,998
39.30%
Nov 08, 1994 Running Mate
 Scott McCallum(I)
1,051,326
67.61%
 Dorothy Dean
482,850
31.05%
 Kevin J. Robinson
11,639
0.75%
 Michael O'Hare
9,188
0.59%
Nov 06, 1990 Running Mate
 Scott McCallum(I)
802,321
59.49%
 Joseph J. Czarnezki
546,280
40.51%
Nov 04, 1986 Running Mate
 Scott McCallum
805,090
52.74%
 Sharon K. Metz
705,578
46.22%
 John Ervin Bergum
10,323
0.68%
 Irma L. Lotts
3,913
0.26%
 Verdell Hallingstad
1,668
0.11%
Nov 02, 1982 Running Mate
 James T. Flynn
896,812
56.76%
 Russell A. Olson(I)
662,838
41.95%
 Gerald Shidell
9,734
0.62%
 Diana K. Simonson
7,721
0.49%
 Margo Storsteen
3,025
0.19%
Nov 07, 1978 Running Mate
 Russell A. Olson
816,056
54.37%
 Douglas J. La Follette
673,813
44.90%
 George Reed
6,355
0.42%
 Marion A. Doherty
2,183
0.15%
 William C. Breihan
1,548
0.10%
 Robert E. Nordlander
849
0.06%
Nov 05, 1974 General Election
 Martin J. Schreiber(I)
628,639
53.20%
 John M. Alberts
497,189
42.07%
 Donald D. Hoeft
33,528
2.84%
 Gary G. Wetzel
12,107
1.02%
 Fred A. Dahir
5,113
0.43%
 Mary K. Blair
3,617
0.31%
 David Hornung
1,492
0.13%
Nov 03, 1970 Running Mate
 Martin J. Schreiber
728,403
54.23%
 David O. Martin
602,617
44.87%
 Theodore G. Kothe
9,035
0.67%
 Denis Kitchen
1,287
0.10%
 Peter J. Kohlenberg
888
0.07%
 Russell Chabot
628
0.05%
  Others (W)
302
0.02%
Nov 05, 1968 General Election
 Jack B. Olson(I)
955,459
59.33%
 Taylor Benson
654,893
40.67%
Nov 08, 1966 General Election
 Jack B. Olson
629,232
55.05%
 Martin J. Schreiber
513,781
44.95%
Nov 03, 1964 General Election
 Patrick J. Lucey
841,970
51.24%
 Jack B. Olson(I)
801,141
48.76%
Nov 06, 1962 General Election
 Jack B. Olson
617,475
50.51%
 David Carley
605,095
49.49%
Nov 08, 1960 General Election
 Warren P. Knowles
866,697
51.80%
 Philleo Nash(I)
806,549
48.20%
Nov 04, 1958 General Election
 Philleo Nash
587,209
50.26%
 Warren P. Knowles(I)
581,061
49.74%
Nov 06, 1956 General Election
 Warren P. Knowles(I)
822,780
54.57%
 William A. Schmidt
684,844
45.43%
Nov 02, 1954 General Election
 Warren P. Knowles
593,520
52.59%
 Edwin J. Larkin
535,025
47.41%
Nov 04, 1952 General Election
 George M. Smith(I)
995,017
63.64%
 Sverre Roang
564,725
36.12%
 Bertha Kurki
3,652
0.23%
Nov 07, 1950 General Election
 George M. Smith(I)
617,668
56.02%
 Eugene A. Clifford
480,696
43.60%
 Rudolph Beyer
4,272
0.39%
Nov 02, 1948 General Election
 George M. Smith
602,513
49.35%
 Anthony P. Gawronski
591,732
48.47%
 Alex Y. Wallace
14,213
1.16%
 William O. Hart
12,343
1.01%
Nov 05, 1946 General Election
 Oscar Rennebohm(I)
604,054
61.05%
 Lewis F. Nelson
372,736
37.67%
 Walter Roach
12,699
1.28%
Nov 07, 1944 General Election
 Oscar Rennebohm
672,462
54.22%
 Marshall Whaling
477,554
38.50%
 Clough Gates
79,068
6.38%
 George E. Helberg
11,167
0.90%
Nov 03, 1942 General Election
 Walter S. Goodland(I)
349,230
47.34%
 Henry J. Berquist
256,851
34.82%
 John M. Brophy
119,926
16.26%
 Arthur C. Ochsner
10,372
1.41%
 Adolf Wiggert
1,336
0.18%
Nov 05, 1940 General Election
 Walter S. Goodland(I)
575,983
45.58%
 Anton M. Miller
411,055
32.53%
 Morley G. Kelly
274,016
21.68%
 Alex Schaufelberger, Jr.
2,756
0.22%
Nov 08, 1938 General Election
 Walter S. Goodland
477,084
52.37%
 George A. Nelson
313,066
34.36%
 Max J. Galasinski
113,057
12.41%
 Clement C. Lange
5,945
0.65%
 Alfred Potter
1,890
0.21%
Nov 03, 1936 General Election
 Henry A. Gunderson
465,918
41.69%
 Roland J. Steinle
355,340
31.79%
 Edward H. Gervais
289,964
25.95%
 Alfred Potter
3,882
0.35%
 Vernon T. Groves
2,496
0.22%
Nov 06, 1934 General Election
 Thomas J. O'Malley(I)
322,873
36.28%
 Henry A. Gunderson
313,682
35.25%
 Waldemar C. Wehe
196,459
22.07%
 Robert Buech
53,087
5.96%
 Walter Harju
2,393
0.27%
 Edwin Kerswill
1,104
0.12%
 John Schleier, Jr.
391
0.04%
Nov 08, 1932 General Election
 Thomas J. O'Malley
544,294
51.11%
 Harry Dahl
450,966
42.34%
 William Coleman
63,380
5.95%
 J. Keith Peckham
3,296
0.31%
 Walter Harju
2,617
0.25%
 Abe Fisher
430
0.04%
Nov 04, 1930 General Election
 Henry Huber(I)
370,075
66.04%
 Berthold J. Husting
141,632
25.27%
 John R. Severin
32,107
5.73%
 Otto Kahl
13,404
2.39%
 William Clark
3,155
0.56%
Nov 06, 1928 General Election
 Henry Huber(I)
582,456
64.48%
 Leo P. Fox
277,497
30.72%
 Samuel S. Walkup
34,162
3.78%
 Oliver Needham
6,621
0.73%
 Henry Koski
1,314
0.15%
 Emil Wagner
1,204
0.13%
Nov 02, 1926 General Election
 Henry Huber(I)
395,235
78.92%
 William G. Evenson
61,865
12.35%
 Peter H. Gilles
34,283
6.85%
 Henry H. Tubbs
9,448
1.89%
Nov 04, 1924 General Election
 Henry Huber
433,106
60.27%
 Carl Mathie
215,327
29.96%
 Peter H. Gilles
46,660
6.49%
 Maria I. Nelson
11,170
1.55%
 John E. Ferris
8,301
1.16%
 Steve Fisher
2,025
0.28%
 Charles Kuzdas
1,978
0.28%
   Scattering (W)
102
0.01%
Nov 07, 1922 General Election
 George F. Comings(I)
351,505
76.56%
 Joseph R. Pfeiffner
44,847
9.77%
 Martin Georgenson
42,499
9.26%
 Ella T. Sanford
20,121
4.38%
  Scattering (W)
155
0.03%
Nov 02, 1920 General Election
 George F. Comings
440,839
76.92%
 Henry Kleist
75,457
13.17%
 Frank R. Derrick
55,940
9.76%
  Scattering (W)
904
0.16%
Nov 05, 1918 General Election
 Edward F. Dithmar(I)
165,401
51.72%
 John W. Hogan
92,889
29.05%
 James H. Vint
56,374
17.63%
 Clyde D. Mead
5,084
1.59%
  Scattering (W)
31
0.01%
Nov 07, 1916 General Election
 Edward F. Dithmar(I)
230,293
55.44%
 John Cudahy
145,383
35.00%
 Ellis B. Harris
31,411
7.56%
 Charles H. Mott
8,279
1.99%
  Scattering (W)
30
0.01%
Nov 03, 1914 General Election
 Edward F. Dithmar
154,503
50.20%
 Melvin Hoyt
118,082
38.37%
 R. C. McCaleb
27,062
8.79%
 Frank R. Derrick
7,351
2.39%
 Carl Pietsch
757
0.25%
  Scattering (W)
12
0.00%
Nov 05, 1912 General Election
 Thomas Morris(I)
178,594
46.80%
 Harry W. Bolens
155,990
40.88%
 Henry M. Parks
35,155
9.21%
 Joseph V. Collins
8,784
2.30%
 John Vierthaler
3,048
0.80%
  Scattering (W)
18
0.00%
Nov 08, 1910 General Election
 Thomas Morris
159,759
50.92%
 Harry W. Bolens
106,406
33.92%
 Henry Bruins
39,831
12.70%
 Charles Lewis Hill
7,270
2.32%
 John Herold
451
0.14%
  Scattering (W)
6
0.00%
Nov 03, 1908 General Election
 John Strange
243,443
54.93%
 Burt Williams
159,795
36.05%
 Chester M. Wright
28,461
6.42%
 Charles H. Forward
11,146
2.51%
 Albert Waug
374
0.08%
  Scattering (W)
7
0.00%
Nov 06, 1906 General Election
 William D. Connor
174,750
55.75%
 Michael F. Blenski
104,398
33.31%
 William Kaufmann
25,036
7.99%
 August F. Fehlandt
8,724
2.78%
 John Vierthaler
510
0.16%
  Scattering (W)
12
0.00%
Nov 05, 1867 General Election
 Wyman Spooner(I)
1
100.00%
Nov 07, 1865 General Election
 Wyman Spooner(I)
1
100.00%
Nov 03, 1863 General Election
 Wyman Spooner(I)
1
100.00%

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