Indiana

Third Congressional District

Democratic Committee

Eligibility & Duties - Indiana Executive

Presidential Years

  • Governor
    • Eligibility:  [IC 3-8-1-9] A candidate for the office of governor or lieutenant governor: (1) must have been a United States citizen for at least five (5) years before the election; (2) must have resided in the state for at least five (5) years before the election; (3) must be thirty (30) years old upon taking office; and (4) may not hold any other office of the United States or of this state upon taking office; as provided in Article 5, Sections 7 and 8 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana.
    • Term of Office:  Four years with a limit of two successive terms.
    • Salary:  $95,000 before 2009. Increased every 4 years based on budget director's analysis.
    • Duties:  The Governor is the state's chief executive. Like the president, the governor is empowered to appoint and remove personnel in administrative departments, grant reprieves and pardons, convene the legislature in special session, veto legislation, serve as chairman of various boards and activities, and be the honorary head of a political party.
  • Lieutenant Governor
    • Eligibility:  [IC 3-8-1-9] A candidate for the office of governor or lieutenant governor: (1) must have been a United States citizen for at least five (5) years before the election; (2) must have resided in the state for at least five (5) years before the election; (3) must be thirty (30) years old upon taking office; and (4) may not hold any other office of the United States or of this state upon taking office; as provided in Article 5, Sections 7 and 8 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana.
    • Term of Office:  Four years with no limits of successive terms.
    • Salary:  $76,000
    • Duties:  The Lieutenant Governor assumes the powers and the duties of the governor in the event of the Governor's death, resignation, or inability to function in the office. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the Indiana Senate, is Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development and holds other duties relating to administrative and legislative functions.
  • Attorney General
    • Eligibility:  [IC 3-8-1-10] A candidate for the office of attorney general must: (1) have resided in Indiana for at least two (2) years before the election; and (2) have been admitted to the practice of law in Indiana for at least five (5) years upon taking office.
    • Term of Office:  Four years with a limit of two successive terms.
    • Salary:  $79,400
    • Duties:  The attorney general represents the state of Indiana in every lawsuit in which the state has an interest, including state courts and US courts. However, the attorney general is not an enforcement officer and thus does not ordinarily prosecute offenders. In criminal cases, this officer's responsibility is generally limited to handling of appeals. As a legal advisor for other state officers and departments, the attorney general prepares interpretations or official opinions on how certain laws are to be applied. This officer also supervises the state's consumer protection agency.
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • Eligibility:  [IC 3-8-1-10.5] A candidate for the office of state superintendent of public instruction must have resided in Indiana for at least two (2) years before the election.
    • Term of Office:  Four years with no limit of successive terms.
    • Salary:  $79,400
    • Duties:  Represents the state of Indiana and prosecutes violators of the state statutes in various courts having criminal jurisdiction.

Non-Presidential Years

  • Secretary of State
    • Eligibility:  Must be a registered voter in the state and be nominated at State Convention. Four year term with a two term limit.
    • Term of Office:  Four years.
    • Salary:  $66,000
    • Duties: 
  • Auditor of State
    • Eligibility: 
    • Term of Office:  Four years with a limit of two successive terms.
    • Salary:  $76,000
    • Duties:  The Lieutenant Governor assumes the powers and the duties of the governor in the event of the Governor's death, resignation, or inability to function in the office. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the Indiana Senate, is Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development and holds other duties relating to administrative and legislative functions.
  • State Treasurer
    • Eligibility:  Must be a registered voter in the state and be nominated at the State Convention. Four year term with a two term limit.
    • Term of Office:  Four years.
    • Salary:  $66,000
    • Duties: