lieutenant governor


Definition of lieutenant governor 

: a deputy or subordinate governor: such as

a : an elected official serving as deputy to the governor of an American state

b : the formal head of the government of a Canadian province appointed by the federal government as the representative of the crown

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Democrats endorsed Byswiewicz for lieutenant governor at the party’s convention in May, but Bermudez Zimmerman netted enough support to qualify for the primary. Daniela Altimari,, "Eva Bermudez Zimmerman Says She's Met the Threshold for Public Financing," 10 July 2018 Mallott remained a Democrat and ran as Walker's lieutenant governor. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Sen. Mark Begich’s entry causes angst in Alaska governor’s race," 4 July 2018 That will probably mean less help for other labor allies seeking statewide office, like state Sen. Ed Hernandez, who is running for lieutenant governor against Eleni Kounalakis, a fellow Democrat with deep personal wealth to boost her campaign. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "After 'wake-up call' from Supreme Court, California unions face tough political choices," 3 July 2018 That set up a rare battle with the Maryland Board of Elections over how to get her name on the ballot as a top-of-the-ticket candidate, not just a lieutenant governor contender with Kamenetz. Pamela Wood,, "Democratic ballot for Maryland governor offers a rare crowded field that includes Kevin Kamenetz," 26 June 2018 Cordray is running alongside Betty Sutton, who is seeking to become Ohio’s next lieutenant governor. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Richard Cordray used to lead the government’s top consumer watchdog. Now he’s trying to become governor of Ohio.," 9 May 2018 Mahlon Mitchell, the Democratic contender for lieutenant governor in the 2012 recall election, spoke after Mayor Tom Barrett conceded the gubernatorial race to Scott Walker. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Firefighter leader Mahlon Mitchell would take pay cut if elected governor," 22 Jan. 2018 Beyond the state line, in Connecticut, there’s Eva Zimmerman’s campaign for lieutenant governor. James Pindell,, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 July 2018 The local Aam Aadmi Party led by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal -- a political opponent of Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- has been holding a hunger strike in the waiting room of the state’s lieutenant governor. Iain Marlow,, "Dust Storms Worsen India's Air as Part of Deadly ‘New Normal’," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of lieutenant governor

1595, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lieutenant governor

: an elected official who is an assistant to the governor of a U.S. state

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