Arizona would have an office of Lieutenant Governor under a pair of measures the House Elections Committee passed Monday morning. Representative J-D Mesnard’s proposals would establish the office of Lieutenant Governor by 2023, making that person the next in line for a vacant Governor’s seat instead of the Secretary of State.

Mesnard says, like a President-Vice Presidential ticket, his bill would create a Governor-Lieutenant Governor team, both belonging to the same party. Gubernatorial candidates, in the same manner, would choose their running mates with both names on the ballot.

But committee Chair Michelle Ugenti questions the necessity for a new office, and is not comfortable with the idea of putting the Lieutenant Governor in charge of the Department of Administration.

The committee also passed a measure that would let voters in 2016 decide on whether to create the office of Lieutenant Governor.

–Barbara Villa