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Lieutenant Governors of Ohio

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  • Myrl Shoemaker (1913 - 1985)
    Howard Shoemaker (April 14, 1913 – July 30, 1985) was an American politician of the Democratic party who served as the 57th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1983 until his death in 1985.Shoemaker serve...
  • George Voinovich, Governor & U.S. Senator (1936 - 2016)
    Victor Voinovich, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 15, 1936; B.A. in government, Ohio University 1958; J.D., Ohio State University College of Law 1961; assistant attorney general o...
  • Dick Celeste, Governor (1937 - d.)
    Frank "Dick" Celeste (born November 11, 1937) is an American former diplomat, university administrator and politician from Ohio, he is a member of the Democratic Party and served as the 64th Governor o...
  • John W. Donahey (1905 - 1967)
    William Donahey (August 16, 1905 – March 2, 1967) was an American politician of the Democratic party, who served as the 53rd Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1959 to 1963. Donahey died at the grant Hos...
  • Govenor John William Brown Jr. (1913 - 1993)
    William Brown (December 28, 1913 – October 29, 1993) was an American Republican politician from Ohio. He briefly served as the 58th Governor of Ohio from January 3, 1957 to January 14, 1957 and served ...

The position of lieutenant governor of Ohio was established in 1852.[1] The lieutenant governor becomes governor if the governor resigns, dies in office or is removed by impeachment. Before 1852, the president of the Ohio State Senate would serve as acting governor if a vacancy in the governorship occurred. Until 1978, lieutenant governors were elected separately but concurrently with the governor (not on a "ticket"). Thus, there were several occasions when the lieutenant governor was from a different party than the governor. This was changed by constitutional amendment. In 1974, Richard F. Celeste was the last lieutenant governor to be elected separately. In 1978, George Voinovich became the first lieutenant governor to be elected on the same ticket with the governor.

From 1852 to 1979, the lieutenant governor also served as the president of the Ohio State Senate. More recently, Ohio governors have generally named the lieutenant governor to head an agency of state government. An example of this is Bruce Edward Johnson, who served as Director of the Ohio Department of Development, as did his successor, Lee Fisher.

List of lieutenant governors