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Elected Officer Positions in Each U.S. Grand Lodge

I believe all the elected Grand Lodge officer positions listed below, except Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, Grand Lecturer, and Grand Tiler, are progressive, meaning those holding an office are expected to move up to the next higher office in the next election until they become Grand Master.

Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, and Grand Tiler, are not progressive, meaning those holding these positions are not normally expected to move to another position in the next election.

Officer positions are listed in order of seniority within that jurisdiction, as far as I know.

The colors are used merely to make it easier to differentiate each state's information from the information above and below that state.

The information on this chart comes from Proceedings and other sources believed to be reliable. If anyone has suggestions for additions or changes in this chart, please send email to Paul M. Bessel so I can update this chart.

State &
Website to find Names of Current Officers &
Any Known Special Information about Elections &
Month Grand Lodge Officers Change (if known)

Elected Officers' Titles

Alabama Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Tiler
Alaska Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Arizona

Grand Master appoints Junior Grand Steward, who moves up in Line, then elected Junior Grand Warden and above, until  Grand Master

 

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Senior Grand Deacon (appointed but progressive)
Junior Grand Deacon (appointed but progressive)
Senior Grand Steward (appointed but progressive)
Junior Grand Steward (appointed but progressive)
Arkansas Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Secretary
Grand Treasurer
Grand Senior Deacon
Grand Junior Deacon
Grand Lecturer
California Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Secretary
Grand Treasurer
Grand Lecturer
Colorado Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Connecticut Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Senior Deacon (appointed, but progressive line)
Grand Junior Deacon (appointed, but progressive line)
Grand Marshal (appointed, but progressive line)
Grand Senior Steward (appointed, but progressive line)
Grand Junior Steward (appointed, but progressive line)
Delaware Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Secretary
Grand Treasurer
District of Columbia

Those who are interested send a letter to the Grand Secretary announcing interest in being elected to the "bottom of the line," Junior Grand Steward. Campaigning is supposed to be kept to a minimum.

Officers change in December

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Secretary
Grand Treasurer
Grand Lecturer
Senior Grand Deacon
Junior Grand Deacon
Senior Grand Steward
Junior Grand Steward
Florida

Candidates run for JGW, each lodge has 3 votes. Any PM can run.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Georgia

GM appoints Third Grand Steward, who moves up through SGD, and then is elected JGW.
Grand Deacons and Grand Stewards are appointed but progressive.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
 Junior Grand Warden
 Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Senior Grand Deacon
Junior Grand Deacon
First Grand Steward
Second Grand Steward
Third Grand Steward
Hawaii Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Idaho Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
 Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Lecturer
Illinois

GM serves 2 years

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Indiana

Grand Master appoints Junior Grand Deacon, who moves up in Line, then elected Junior Grand Warden and above, until  Grand Master

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden

Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Senior Grand Deacon (appointed but progressive)
Junior Grand Deacon (appointed but progressive)
Iowa Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Kansas

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Kentucky Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Louisiana Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Maine

GM and DGM serve 2 years. Line is not progressive except DGM usually moves to GM

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Maryland

GM and DGM usually serve 2 years.  Line is not progressive except GM and DGM. All serve one year terms, the GM and DGM may be re-elected once. Only the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer may be re-elected to their office. Others may be elected to any office other than that which they last served.

Officers change in November

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Secretary
Grand Treasurer
Massachusetts

Grand Master serves for 3 years. Line is not progressive. Grand Marshal (appointed) served the 3 years with the GM and then usually runs unopposed for SGW

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Michigan Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Senior Grand Deacon
Junior Grand Deacon
Grand Marshal
Grand Treasurer
 Grand Secretary
Grand Chaplain
Grand Lecturer
Grand Tiler
Minnesota

From "The Minnesota Mason" July-August 2001:
GL officers who are in line for the office of GM in the next few years have agreed to pick their successors through an interview process. Each Nov several potential candidates for the office of JGS will be interviewed. Line Officers will limit the number to 3 or 4, who will be judged on commitment, experience, availability, and leadership. Formerly, the incoming GM picked the next lowest line officer. The GL recently voted to shorten the Grand Lodge Line to 9 progressive line officers.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Senior Grand Deacon
Junior Grand Deacon
Senior Grand Steward
Junior Grand Steward
Mississippi Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Tyler
Missouri Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Montana

 

I believe the line is progressive down through Grand Stewards.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Nebraska

It appears the Deputy Grand Master & Grand Master Elect becomes Grand Master automatically, without another vote.

There does not appear to be a position of Grand Treasurer in this Grand Lodge.
Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master & Grand Master-Elect
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Secretary
Nevada

Nevada's Grand Lodge elects the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Senior Grand Warden, Junior Grand Warden, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Grand Lecturer (PGM ) to serve one year and our line is progressive from the Junior Grand Deacon, (we can serve 8 to 10 years before being appointed to Junior Grand Deacon ) all other officers are appointed. We have 5 Grand Trustees appointed by the Grand Master for staggered terms.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Lecturer
New Hampshire

I believe the GM serves for more than 1 year.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Deputy Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
New Jersey Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Deputy Grand Secretary
New Mexico

Grand Master appoints Junior Grand Deacon, once appointed to that position that man is virtually assured of moving up each year, including elections which begin with Junior Grand Warden

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Senior Grand Deacon (progressive, but appointed)
Junior Grand Deacon (progressive, but appointed)
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
New York

Grand Master serves for 2 years.  Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master are from New York City and Upstate, in alternate terms.  Line is not progressive other than Deputy Grand Master.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
North Carolina

Grand Master appoints Junior Grand Steward, who moves up in Line, then elected Junior Grand Warden and above, until  Grand Master

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Senior Grand Deacon (appointed but progressive)
Junior Grand Deacon (appointed but progressive)
Senior Grand Steward (appointed but progressive)
Junior Grand Steward (appointed but progressive)
North Dakota

Has detailed procedures for what a candidate for JGW can and cannot do, self-nominations, photos and biographies published in GL publication, and may speak on this when requested by the GM at the GL meeting

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Secretary
Grand Treasurer
Ohio

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Oklahoma

Candidates files for JGW, and Grand Lodge delegates elect. Any PM can file for JGW.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Lecturer
Oregon

The incoming GM appoints the SGD who is elected JGW the following year. Someone else could be nominated for the office at that time, but it never in fact happens.

There does not appear to be a position of Grand Treasurer in this Grand Lodge.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Secretary
Pennsylvania

Grand Master serves for 2 years

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Rhode Island Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
South Carolina

GMs and all elected GL officers serve for 2 years

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
South Dakota

It appears the Deputy Grand Master & Grand Master Elect becomes Grand Master automatically, without another vote.

It appears the offices of Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary are combined

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master & Grand Master Elect

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer-Secretary
Tennessee

From an email message: Per a gentleman's agreement that has been in effect for over 100 years, the new JGW is elected from a different region of the state, rotating between West, Middle and East TN. Within each region, there are sub-rotations (Memphis/Outside Memphis Nashville/Outside Nashville Knoxville/Chattanooga/Johnson City) so there are actually 7 regions. The bottom line is that the Grand Master and JGW come from the same region. There have been several attempts to implement this rotation as a code change, and to give East TN a turn every other year (more than half TN Masons live in East TN) but these have been voted down and the Gentleman's agreement still stands. It sounds confusing, but it works and the state is fairly represented. It's like the electoral college--it doesn't seem to make sense, but it works so there's no move to change the system. 

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Texas Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Utah Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Vermont

Progressive elected officers are reelected to 2nd terms, so they serve 2 years in each position. Grand Master appoints Grand Lecturer, who then is elected Grand Junior Warden, and eventually Grand Master. Deacons are elected to 1 year terms and not reelected, and are not in the progressive line.

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Senior Deacon
Grand Junior Deacon
Virginia

Incoming Grand Master-Elect nominates a candidate for Grand Junior Deacon, who is usually elected without any opposition, but sometimes another candidate is nominated and runs against the GM's candidate.

Officers change in November

Grand Master

Deputy Grand Master

Grand Senior Warden
Grand Junior Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Grand Senior Deacon
Grand Junior Deacon
Washington

There is no position of Grand Treasurer; a motion to reestablish it was defeated in June 1999.

Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Secretary
West Virginia Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Wisconsin Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary
Wyoming Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
Senior Grand Warden
Junior Grand Warden
Grand Treasurer
Grand Secretary

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