Title: Lieutenant Governor Records
Lieutenant Governor's Office
California State Archives
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The Lieutenant Governor is a constitutional officer (
Const. Art. V, Sec. 9). He assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Governor when the Governor is disabled or absent from the state.
These duties include signing or vetoing legislation, making appointments to office, granting or denying clemency and performing
the other functions granted to the Governor by custom, statute or constitution. As President of the Senate, the Lieutenant
Governor is empowered to cast the tie-breaking vote in that body. He is also a member of the Governor's Cabinet and the Governor's
Council, the highest advisory bodies in the executive branch.
Another duty, not specified by law, is that of unofficial ombudsman for the people of California. The Lieutenant Governor's
office investigates the individual complaints of citizens against various departments of State government. He interprets the
goals of the administration to interested groups: labor, partisan, social, business and civic throughout the state. He attempts
to marshal the private and independent sectors of society to help solve problems in various areas, particularly youth and
Statutorily, the Lieutenant Governor is both a Regent of the University of California (
Const. Art. IX, Sec. 9a) and a Trustee of the California State Colleges and Universities (
Stats. 1960, 1 Ex. Sess., ch. 49, p.393). As one of the few people to serve on both boards, he plays an active role in determining
higher education policies.
The Lieutenant Governor is also a member of various boards and commissions by statute, constitution or gubernatorial appointment.
These boards and commissions change with changing times and administrations.