South Dakota Lieutenant Governor

Employer / Organization

South Dakota

Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Jan 01, 2022 - Apr 26, 2022


The Lieutenant Governor of the State of South Dakota is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of South Dakota. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. The lieutenant governor serves as president of the state senate, though he or she has no vote unless the full senate is evenly split on a vote and does not perform day-to-day duties in the chamber. He or she also performs additional duties as delegated and appointed by the governor and is the first officer in the line of succession is the governor's seat is temporarily or permanently vacant. South Dakota's lieutenant governor usually serves as an adviser to the Governor's Executive Committee. He or she also sits on such boards and heads such special projects as his or her experience and skills dictate. The salary for this position is $63,654.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including the appropriate campaign finance forms and (if you plan to run as an independent) a nominating petition. Nominating petition instructions can be found here: If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for further instructions. 3) Submit the nominating petitions with the stipulated amount of signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division by the filing deadline. The amount of required nominating petition signatures varies by office. The filing window for independents runs from the 1st of January until the last Tuesday of April at 5pm. The South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division can be reached at (605) 773-3537 and the Election Services Division website can be found here:

Submit application to:
South Dakota Secretary of State, 500 E Capitol Ave #204, Pierre, SD, 57501, US