Responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor

Constitutional:

  1. Preside as President over the Senate, voting in the event of a tie vote.
  2. Preside as Governor when the Governor is absent from the state or disabled.
  3. Upon the death, conviction, impeachment or resignation of the Governor, the Lt. Governor shall become governor for the remainder of the term.

Statutory:

Board of Public Buildings (Member)
(Ch. 8.010) - The governor, lt. governor and the attorney general sit on this board. They have control over state property/buildings.

Board of Fund Commissioners (Member)
(Ch. 33.300) - The governor, lt. governor, attorney general, state auditor, state treasurer, and OA commissioner sit on this board. They direct payment of the state debt and manage bonds.

Missouri Development Finance Board (Member)
(Ch. 100.265) - The lt. governor, the directors of the departments of economic development and agriculture, and nine members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate serve on this board. The purpose of this board is to promote economic development in the State and has broad powers regarding loans, bonds, etc. The board is located within the Dept. of Economic Development.

Tourism Commission (Vice-Chair)
(Ch.620.455) - The lt. governor, two senators and two State representatives plus five members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate sit on the Tourism Commission housed in the Dept. of Economic Development. The commission determines all matters relating to the policy and administration of tourism promotion in MO.

Office of Advocacy and Assistance for the Elderly
(Ch 660.620) - This Office is created within the office of the lt. governor. Acts as the "Elderly Advocate" and coordinates activities with the long-term care ombudsman program, does investigations into complaints from the elderly, and coordinates with the division of aging. (This Office was created by referendum, Prop. C, Nov. 3, 1992)

Missouri Housing Development Commission (member)
(Ch. 215.020) - The governor, lt. governor, state treasurer, attorney general and six member appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate comprise this commission. MHDC is assigned to the Dept. of Economic Development (Ch 620.010.18) they have a budget of $3.5 million in the MO Housing Trust Fund. These monies are spent by the Commission on homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, transitional housing, emergency housing assistance, and home repairs for low-income homeowners, the development of low-income housing, and rental assistance for low-income people.

Rural Economic Development Council (member)
(Ch. 620.155) The lt. governor, directors of the departments of agriculture and economic development, the director of the extension division of the University of MO, one Senator and one House member sit on this council. It is under the Dept. of Economic Development. The purpose of this Council is to promote economic development in rural areas. The statute creating the council sunsets on June 30, 2010.

Parents As Teachers Program
(Ch. 178.695) The lt. governor shall act as an advisor to DESE for all such programs.

Advisor to DESE on Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Program allows low-income stay-at home parents to receive payments for staying home with their children. If these parents participate in the PAT program, they can receive a higher amount of money from the Early Childhood funding.

Commission for the Missouri Senior Rx Program (Chair)
(Ch. 208.553) - 15 member commission including the lieutenant governor, in his or her capacity as advocate for the elderly.

Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health (Member)
The Council promotes physical fitness and health throughout the state by implementing programs, fostering communication and cooperation and developing statewide support that will help the citizens of Missouri develop and maintain healthier lifestyles for an improved quality of life.

Missouri Community Service Commission (Chair)
The Commission's mission is to build stronger communities by fostering an ethic of service in all Missourians through empowering communities and citizens from all walks of life to address educational, public safety, human and environmental needs through volunteer service programs; supporting those programs that demonstrate a lasting impact on communities, and; instilling in participants a sense of community and civic responsibility while nurturing personal development and self-esteem.

Personal Independence Commission (Co-Chair)
The Commission examines existing programs and services, provides community based treatment, facilitates communication and collaboration between state agencies Health and Community based services and consumer directed care.

Second State Capitol Commission (Member)
The commission evaluates and recommends courses of action on the restoration and preservation of the capitol, the preservation of historical significance of the capitol and the history of the capitol, and ensures accessibility to the capitol for physically disabled persons.

Special Health, Psychological, and Social Needs of Minority Older Individuals Commission (Member)
The Commission studies certain needs of the state's minority older individuals and makes recommendations for program improvements and services to the governor and key legislators.

Statewide Safety Steering Committee (Member)

Veterans Benefits Awareness Task Force (Chair)