Duncan Endorses Term Limits For Lt Gov Position

Newly elected Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan has just sent word via press release that he is endorsing a constitutional amendment to limit the tenure of the Lt Gov two two terms. The Amendment is sponsored by freshman State Senator Greg Dolezal, a Republican from Forsyth County.

“The Office of Lt. Governor is no place for academic tenure,” said Duncan. “Individuals elected to this office should focus solely on serving Georgians, and no Lt. Governor should consider this post a permanent home.”

Governor’s in Georgia are limited to two consecutive terms. Lieutenant Governors have a history of serving much longer. Zell Miller served in the position from 1975 to 1991, while Casey Cagle Served from 2007 to 2019. Duncan is Georgia’s twelfth person to hold the position since it was created in 1947. The creation of the position somewhat led to the confusion that resulted in Georgia’s “three Governor’s” controversy.

The Amendment would need to clear both the House and the Senate before the end of next year’s General Assembly, as it did not pass either chamber this year prior to Crossover Day. If approved by two-thirds of both, the question would appear on the November 2020 ballot.

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MidGaRetiree
MidGaRetiree

Appears to be a really great idea. Wish we could get the Legislature to include senators and representatives in this proposal.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Duncan could set an example by relinquishing most of his Senate legislative responsibilities if he’s going to argue the Lt. Gov is mainly an executive position. My opinion isn’t firm, but my initial thought is that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

chefdavid
chefdavid

If your going to do it for the MC of the Senate than might as well do it for the House also.