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Office of Lieutenant Governor - Current Law

Article III, State Constitution; RCW 43.06

The Lieutenant Governor is elected independently of the Governor and holds office for four years. The position of Lieutenant Governor is unique in Washington state, in that it falls within both the executive and legislative branches. The state Constitution gives the Lieutenant Governor the following responsibilities: to act as Governor if the Governor is absent from the state or is unable to perform the duties of the office; to be presiding officer (President) of the Senate; and to discharge other duties prescribed by law. The Lieutenant Governor’s duties, by statute, include serving on 10 committees or boards, including as chair of the Senate Rules Committee and the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations (LCEDIR). As chair of the LCEDIR, and a de facto ambassador for the state, the Lieutenant Governor actively pursues opportunities to enhance economic development and international relations for the state of Washington. Additionally, the Lieutenant Governor serves as chair of the State Capitol Committee; and as a member of the State Finance Committee, Washington Health Care Facilities Authority, Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority, Capital Furnishings Preservation Committee and state Medal of Merit and Medal of Valor committees. The Lieutenant Governor makes appointments to over 35 committees, boards and commissions. In addition to the responsibilities set out by the state’s Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor leads the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, a state agency that maintains policy and programming initiatives that focus on economic development, trade and higher education.

Agency Mission

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor improves the lives of the citizens of Washington through its commitment to and fierce advocacy for equal access to opportunity for all -- including communities often left underserved. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor focuses on three critical issue areas: expanding access to higher education, promoting Washington’s international trade relations and improving employment opportunities throughout Washington state.
Request 3,192,000
Net change from current biennium (218,000) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium (6.4%) Decrease

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2021-23 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2019-21 Actual 2021-23 Estimated 2023-25 Proposed
90,000 General Fund - Private/Local 90,000 90,000
Industrial Insurance Premium Refund - Nonappropriated
(1,000) Legislative International Trade - Nonappropriated 282 1,000 5,000
Seattle Seahawks Account - Nonappropriated 262,803
Seattle Mariners Account - Nonappropriated 47,801
3,319,000 General Fund - State 2,717,225 3,319,000 3,097,000
Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 54,000
3,409,000 (1,000) Total Appropriated Funds 3,082,110 3,410,000 3,192,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 1,611,320 1,959,406 421,856 1,589,000 1,603,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
1,290,747 72.1% (700,849) (22.7%) 810,739 34.0%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 6.6 7.0 6.6 9.9 9.9