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Lieutenant Governors of California

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  • Mike Curb
    Curb (born December 24, 1944, Savannah, Georgia) is an American musician, record company executive, motorsports car owner, and politician who served as the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California from 1...
  • John Garamendi, U.S. Congress
    Garamendi, a Representative from California; born in Camp Blanding, Clay County, Fla., January 24, 1945; B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1966; M.B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, M...
  • Photo by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of California. Public domain.
    Gavin Newsom, 40th Governor of California
    Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman. He is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previ...
  • John L. Harmer (1934 - d.)
    L. Harmer (born April 28, 1934) is a former California politician who served in the California State Senate as a Republican from 1966 to 1974. Harmer served as the Lieutenant Governor of California fro...
  • Robert Finch (1925 - 1995)
    Hutchinson Finch (October 9, 1925 – October 10, 1995) was a Republican politician from La Canada Flintridge, California. In 1967, he served as the 38th Lieutenant Governor of California. Following Rich...

The Lieutenant Governor of California is a statewide constitutional officer and vice-executive of the State of California. The lieutenant governor is elected to serve a four-year term and can serve a maximum of two terms. In addition to basically ceremonial roles, serving as acting governor in the absence of the Governor, and as President of the California State Senate, the lieutenant governor either sits on, or appoints representatives to, many of California's regulatory commissions and executive agencies.

California is one of eighteen states where the governor and lieutenant governor do not run as running mates on the same ticket: in California the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately, although both are up for election in the same year every four years. California has had a governor and a lieutenant governor of different parties 26 of the past 31 years.

California has had 41 lieutenant governors and five acting lieutenant governors since achieving statehood in 1850. The current lieutenant governor is Gavin Newsom, who was sworn into office on January 10, 2011.

List of lieutenant governors of California