Virginia Lieutenant Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 02, 2021

Filing Window

Mar 08, 2021 - Jun 08, 2021


The Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Virginia. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and, unlike the governor, may run for re-election. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the Virginia State 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. He serves as the President of the Senate but only has a vote in cases of a tie. The Code of Virginia provides that the lieutenant governor is automatically a member of these state boards, commissions and councils: The Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; The Board of Trustees of the Center for Rural Virginia; The Board of Directors of the Virginia; Economic Development Partnership; The Board of Directors of the Virginia Tourism Authority; The Virginia Military Advisory Council; The Commonwealth Preparedness Council; The Council on Virginia’s Future. The salary for the position is $36,321/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Virginia Department of Elections 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 appropriate candidate filing forms. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including a Statement of Organization, a Certificate of Candidate Qualification, a Declaration of Candidacy, a Petition of Qualified Voters, a Statement of Economic Interests and a Filing Fee. Next, if you are running as an independent, file these papers with the Virginia Department of Elections. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party headquarters for additional information. The location to file the forms listed above varies depending on the type of district you are running as a candidate in, please contact the Virginia Department of elections to confirm the correct location to file these forms. 3) Submit the filing paperwork by the filing deadline, which is the the 2nd Tuesday in June at 7:00pm for independent candidates. The Virginia Department of Elections, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have, can be reached by phone at (804) 864-8901 or by email at [email protected] Another source for candidate information is your local general registrat. Local general registrat contact information can be found here: The 2015 candidates guide for state assembly positions can be found here: The 2016 candidates guide for running for U.S. Representative can be found here:

Submit application to:
Virginia State Board of Elections, 1100 Bank St, Richmond, VA, 23219, US