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Lieutenant Governors of Pennsylvania

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  • Roy E. Furman (1901 - 1977)
    E. Furman (April 16, 1901 – May 18, 1977) was the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1959, and the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, 1936-1938.Furman was born in Davistown, Greene C...
  • Major General Daniel B. Strickler (1897 - 1992)
    Bursk "Dan" Strickler (May 17, 1897 – June 29, 1992) was the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1947 to 1950, under Governor James Duff. He was also a career officer in the United States Arm...
  • Major General Edward C. Shannon (1870 - 1943)
    C. Shannon (June 24, 1870 – May 20, 1946) was the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1931 to 1935.BiographyEdward Caswell Shannon was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1870, and...
  • William M. Brown (1850 - 1915)
    M. Brown (September 20, 1850 – January 31, 1915) was a Republican political official from Pennsylvania. Brown was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania but grew up in Iowa, where his family purchased a farm...
  • Walter Lyon (1853 - 1933)
    Lyon (April 27, 1853 – March 21, 1933) was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania as a Republican from 1895 to 1899.He was born in Shaler Township, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the Wakeam Ac...

The lieutenant governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The lieutenant governor is elected for a four year term in the same year as the governor. Each party picks a candidate for lieutenant governor independently of the governors. The winners of the party primaries are then teamed together in a governor/lieutenant governor ticket which runs together in the fall general election. Michael J. Stack III is the incumbent lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor presides in the Senate and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor.

The office of lieutenant governor was created by the Constitution of 1873. As with the governor's position, the Constitution of 1968 made the lieutenant governor eligible to succeed himself or herself for one additional four-year term. The position's only official duties are serving as president of the state senate and chairing the Board of Pardons and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council. Lieutenant governors often work on additional projects and have a full schedule of community and speaking events.

Pennsylvania is the only state that provides a residence (the "State House" at Fort Indiantown Gap) for its lieutenant governor. Constructed in 1940 and previously the governor's "summer residence", it became available for Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor in 1968 when the current governor's residence was completed in Harrisburg.

List of lieutenant governors