The office of the lieutenant governor was first established under the Texas Constitution of 1845. The lieutenant governor was elected and served two years until 1972, when voters approved a constitutional amendment to increase the term to four years, according to the Handbook of Texas Online, a publication of the Texas State Historical Association.
The salary, set by the constitution ...
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