The Power of One

One vote, one person, can make all the difference in the world.  The office of lieutenant governor is a living example of this importance.

  • In 2005, the North Carolina Lottery was created by one vote – the tie-breaking vote of the lieutenant governor
  • From 2003 – 2011, the South Carolina lieutenant governor reported blocking over $2 billion in tax increases in his terms
  • In 2018, the Virginia lieutenant governor cast four tie-breaking senate votes to pave the way for Medicaid expansion
  • Eight NLGA members became governor via succession since 2010
  • The lieutenant governor of Nebraska presides over the only unicameral legislature in the nation

These are just a few examples.  NLGA members are the only officials with powers in both the executive and legislative branches.  Half preside over state senates, others lead divisions of government, and NLGA members become governor at a greater rate than any other official.  Lieutenant governors have different duties in each of the different states.  NLGA will be highlighting some of the powers of lieutenant governors – the Power of One – to demonstrate the effectiveness of the office of lieutenant governor.