Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced on Thursday his support for an effort to term limit his own office.
Duncan will partner with fellow Forsyth County elected official Greg Dolezal, the state senator for District 27 that includes most of Forsyth, to propose a constitutional amendment that would term limit the office of lieutenant governor to two consecutive four-year terms, according to a statement released by Duncan’s staff.
A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate to pass. If approved during the next session of the General Assembly, the ballot question would be put before voters during the 2020 general election.
“The office of lieutenant governor is no place for academic tenure,” Duncan said in the statement. “Individuals elected to this office should focus solely on serving Georgians, and no lieutenant governor should consider this post a permanent home.”
The office of lieutenant governor was created in 1945, and since then there have only been a few cases of a lieutenant governor holding office for extended periods of time.
The late Zell Miller officially held the office for 16 years from 1975-91, while Duncan’s predecessor, Casey Cagle, was officially lieutenant governor for 12 years from 2007-19 before his failed campaign bid for governor last year.