The Washington State Constitution has outlined this 'job description'
for the Lt. Governor:
The function of the Lieutenant Governor is to act as Governor if the
Governor is removed from office or is unable to perform the duties of
the office, to be the presiding officer of the Senate, to serve as
acting Governor when the Governor is absent from the state, and to
discharge other duties as prescribed by law.
The Lieutenant Governor serves by tradition as Chair of the Senate
Rules Committee. The Lieutenant Governor is a member of the State
Finance Committee, State Capitol Committee, the Washington Health
Care Facilities Authority, the Washington Higher Education Facilities
Authority, and the State Medal of Merit Committee.