List of United States governors

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The following is a list of current governors of U.S. states and territories.

Governor (United States) position of the head of the government of a state or territory of the United States

In the United States, a governor serves as the chief executive officer and commander-in-chief in each of the fifty states and in the five permanently inhabited territories, functioning as both head of state and head of government therein. As such, governors are responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing the operation of the state executive branch. As state leaders, governors advance and pursue new and revised policies and programs using a variety of tools, among them executive orders, executive budgets, and legislative proposals and vetoes. Governors carry out their management and leadership responsibilities and objectives with the support and assistance of department and agency heads, many of whom they are empowered to appoint. A majority of governors have the authority to appoint state court judges as well, in most cases from a list of names submitted by a nominations committee.

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In the United States, a governor is the chief executive officer of a state or a territory. As of November 2019, 27 states have Republican governors and 23 states have Democratic governors. Additionally, three U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) have Democratic governors, while one (the Northern Mariana Islands) has a Republican governor. Wanda Vázquez Garced of Puerto Rico is registered with the New Progressive Party, but is affiliated with the Republican Party.

Republican Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party.

Democratic Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with its main rival, the Republican Party. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party.

American Samoa US territory in the Pacific

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. Its location is centered on 14.2710° S, 170.1322° W. It is east of the International Date Line, while Samoa is west of the Line.

State governors

The current term ends in January of the given year for every state except for Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, New York and Kentucky, where the term ends in December of that year's election. The notation "(term limits)" after the year indicates that the current governor is ineligible to seek re-election in that year; the notation "(retiring)" indicates that the current governor has announced his or her intention not to seek re-election at the end of the term nor to run for another office.

A term limit is a legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office. When term limits are found in presidential and semi-presidential systems they act as a method of curbing the potential for monopoly, where a leader effectively becomes "president for life". This is intended to protect a democracy from becoming a de facto dictatorship. Sometimes, there is an absolute or lifetime limit on the number of terms an officeholder may serve; sometimes, the restrictions are merely on the number of consecutive terms he or she may serve.

   Democratic (23)   Republican (27)

StatePortraitGovernorPartyBornPrior public experienceInaugurationEnd of termPast governors
Seal of the Governor of Alabama.svg
Portrait-Governor-Kay-Ivey (cropped).jpg
Kay Ivey
  Republican October 15, 1944 (age 75) Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer April 10, 20172023 List
State Seal of Alaska.svg
Mike Dunleavy official photo (cropped).jpg
Mike Dunleavy
 RepublicanMay 5, 1961 (age 58) Alaska Senate December 3, 20182022 List
Arizona-StateSeal.svg
Doug Ducey by Gage Skidmore 13.jpg
Doug Ducey
 RepublicanApril 9, 1964 (age 55) Treasurer January 5, 20152023 (term limits) List
Seal of Arkansas.svg
Asa Hutchinson.jpg
Asa Hutchinson
 RepublicanDecember 3, 1950 (age 68) Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Border & Transportation Security,
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. House, U.S. Attorney
January 13, 20152023 (term limits) List
Seal of California.svg
Gavin Newsom official photo (cropped 2).jpg Gavin Newsom   Democratic October 10, 1967 (age 52) Lieutenant Governor, Mayor of San Francisco January 7, 20192023 List
Colorado-StateSeal.svg
Jared Polis official photo (cropped).jpg Jared Polis  DemocraticMay 12, 1975 (age 44) U.S. House, Colorado State Board of Education January 8, 20192023 List
Seal of the Governor of Connecticut.svg
Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, official portrait (cropped).jpg
Ned Lamont
 DemocraticJanuary 3, 1954 (age 65) Greenwich SelectmanJanuary 9, 20192023 List
Delaware-StateSeal.svg
John C. Carney Jr. official portrait 112th Congress (cropped).jpg
John Carney
 DemocraticMay 20, 1956 (age 63) U.S. House, Lieutenant Governor of Delaware January 17, 20172021 List
Seal of Florida.svg
Ron DeSantis, Official Portrait, 113th Congress (cropped 2).jpg
Ron DeSantis
 RepublicanSeptember 14, 1978 (age 41) U.S. House January 8, 20192023 List
Seal of Georgia.svg
David Perdue and Brian Kemp (cropped).jpg
Brian Kemp
 RepublicanNovember 2, 1963 (age 56) Secretary of State, Georgia Senate January 14, 20192023 List
Seal of the State of Hawaii.svg
Governor David Ige (cropped 2).jpg
David Ige
 DemocraticJanuary 15, 1957 (age 62) Hawaii Senate, Hawaii House December 1, 20142022 (term limits) List
Seal of Idaho.svg
Brad Little official photo (cropped).jpg
Brad Little
 RepublicanFebruary 15, 1954 (age 65) Lieutenant Governor, Idaho Senate January 7, 20192023 List
Seal of Illinois.svg
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.jpg
J. B. Pritzker
 DemocraticJanuary 19, 1965 (age 54)No prior public experienceJanuary 14, 20192023 List
Indiana-StateSeal.svg
Governor Eric Holcomb 2018 State of the State Address (cropped).jpg
Eric Holcomb
 RepublicanMay 2, 1968 (age 51) Lieutenant Governor, Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Coats, Chair of the Indiana Republican Party, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Indiana January 9, 20172021 List
Iowa-StateSeal.svg
Kim Reynolds by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Kim Reynolds
 RepublicanAugust 4, 1959 (age 60) Lieutenant Governor, Iowa Senate May 24, 20172023 List
Seal of Kansas.svg
Laura Kelly official photo (cropped).jpg
Laura Kelly
 DemocraticJanuary 24, 1950 (age 69) Kansas Senate January 14, 20192023 List
Seal of Kentucky.svg
Matt Bevin (cropped).jpg
Matt Bevin
 RepublicanJanuary 9, 1967 (age 52)No prior public experienceDecember 8, 20152019 List
Great Seal of the State of Louisiana.svg
John Bel Edwards (cropped).jpg
John Bel Edwards
 DemocraticSeptember 16, 1966 (age 53) Minority Leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives January 11, 20162024 (term limits) List
Seal of the Governor of Maine.svg
Janet Mills in 2019.jpg
Janet Mills
 DemocraticDecember 30, 1947 (age 71) Maine Attorney General, Maine House January 2, 20192023 List
Seal of Maryland (reverse).svg
Governor Hogan 2018 (cropped).jpg
Larry Hogan
 RepublicanMay 25, 1956 (age 63)Maryland Secretary of AppointmentsJanuary 21, 20152023 (term limits) List
Seal of the Governor of Massachusetts.svg
Charlie Baker official photo (cropped).jpg
Charlie Baker
 RepublicanNovember 13, 1956 (age 63) Swampscott Selectman, Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance,
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services
January 8, 20152023 List
Seal of Michigan Governor.svg
Gretchen Whitmer Portrait.jpg Gretchen Whitmer  DemocraticAugust 23, 1971 (age 48) Michigan Senate, Michigan House January 1, 20192023 List
Seal of Minnesota-alt.png
Tim Walz official photo (cropped 2).jpg
Tim Walz
  Democratic–Farmer–Labor April 6, 1964 (age 55) U.S. House January 7, 20192023 List
Seal of Mississippi 2014.svg
Secretary Perry with Govt Phil Bryant KSS2455 (32743097363) (cropped).jpg
Phil Bryant
 RepublicanDecember 9, 1954 (age 64) Lieutenant Governor, Auditor, Mississippi House January 10, 20122020 (term limits) List
Seal of Missouri.svg
Mike Parson official photo (cropped).jpg
Mike Parson
 RepublicanSeptember 17, 1955 (age 64) Lieutenant Governor, Missouri Senate, Missouri House of Representatives, Sheriff of Polk County June 1, 20182021 List
Montana-StateSeal.svg
Steve Bullock by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Steve Bullock
 DemocraticApril 11, 1966 (age 53) Attorney General January 7, 20132021 (term limits) List
Seal of Nebraska.svg
Pete Ricketts by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Pete Ricketts
 RepublicanApril 19, 1964 (age 55)No prior public experienceJanuary 8, 20152023 (term limits) List
Nevada-StateSeal.svg
Steve Sisolak (cropped).jpeg Steve Sisolak  DemocraticDecember 26, 1953 (age 65) Clark County Commission, Nevada Board of Regents January 7, 20192023 List
Seal of New Hampshire.svg
Christopher T Sununu.jpg
Chris Sununu
 RepublicanNovember 5, 1974 (age 45) New Hampshire Executive Council January 5, 20172021 List
Seal of New Jersey.svg
Phil Murphy for Governor (cropped 2).jpg
Phil Murphy
 DemocraticAugust 16, 1957 (age 62) United States Ambassador, Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee January 16, 20182022 List
Seal of New Mexico.svg
Michelle Lujan Grisham official photo (cropped 2).jpg Michelle Lujan Grisham  DemocraticOctober 24, 1959 (age 60) U.S. House, Secretary of Health of New Mexico January 1, 20192023 List
Seal of New York.svg
Andrew Cuomo 2017.jpg
Andrew Cuomo
 DemocraticDecember 6, 1957 (age 61) Attorney General, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development January 1, 20112022 [1] List
Seal of the Governor of North Carolina.svg
Gov. Roy Cooper.jpg
Roy Cooper
 DemocraticJune 13, 1957 (age 62) Attorney General, North Carolina Senate, North Carolina House January 1, 20172021 List
NorthDakota-StateSeal.svg
Governor Doug Burgum (cropped).jpg
Doug Burgum
 RepublicanAugust 1, 1956 (age 63)No prior public experienceDecember 15, 20162020 List
Seal of the Governor of Ohio.svg
Gov-Mike-DeWine (cropped).jpg
Mike DeWine
 RepublicanJanuary 5, 1947 (age 72) Attorney General, United States Senate, Lieutenant Governor, United States House of Representatives, Ohio Senate January 14, 20192023 List
Seal of Oklahoma.svg
Kevin Stitt.jpg
Kevin Stitt
 RepublicanDecember 28, 1972 (age 46)No prior public experienceJanuary 14, 20192023 List
Seal of Oregon.svg
Kate Brown in 2017 (cropped).jpg
Kate Brown
 DemocraticJune 21, 1960 (age 59) Secretary of State, Oregon Senate, Oregon House February 18, 20152023 (term limits) List
Seal of the Governor of Pennsylvania.svg
Tom Wolf governor portrait 2019 (cropped).jpg
Tom Wolf
 DemocraticNovember 17, 1948 (age 71) Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue January 20, 20152023 (term limits) List
Seal of the Governor of Rhode Island.svg
Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.jpg
Gina Raimondo
 DemocraticMay 17, 1971 (age 48) General Treasurer January 6, 20152023 (term limits) List
Seal of South Carolina.svg
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (cropped).jpg
Henry McMaster
 RepublicanMay 27, 1947 (age 72) Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, U.S. Attorney January 24, 20172023 List
Seal of South Dakota.svg
Kristi L. Noem (cropped).jpg Kristi Noem  RepublicanNovember 30, 1971 (age 47) U.S. House, South Dakota House January 5, 20192023 List
Tennessee-StateSeal.svg
TN Governor Bill Lee 2019 May.jpg
Bill Lee
 RepublicanOctober 9, 1959 (age 60)No prior public experienceJanuary 19, 20192023 List
Seal of the Governor of Texas.svg
Greg Abbott 2015.jpg
Greg Abbott
 RepublicanNovember 13, 1957 (age 62) Attorney General, Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court January 20, 20152023 List
Seal of the Governor of Utah.svg
2013-05-23 Gary R Herbert.JPG
Gary Herbert
 RepublicanMay 7, 1947 (age 72) Lieutenant Governor, Utah County Commissioner August 11, 20092021 (retiring) List
Seal of Vermont (B&W).svg
Phil Scott 2017 (cropped).jpg
Phil Scott
 RepublicanAugust 4, 1958 (age 61) Lieutenant Governor, Vermont Senate January 5, 20172021 List
Seal of Virginia.svg
Governor Ralph Northam Gives Inaugural Address (39348612584) (cropped).jpg
Ralph Northam
 DemocraticSeptember 13, 1959 (age 60) Lieutenant Governor, Virginia Senate January 13, 20182022 (term limits) List
Seal of Washington.svg
Jay Inslee official portrait (cropped 2).jpg
Jay Inslee
 DemocraticFebruary 9, 1951 (age 68) U.S. House, Washington House January 16, 20132021 List
Seal of the Governor of West Virginia.svg
Jim Justice 2017 InaugurationHighlights PB-63 (32366955776) (cropped).jpg
Jim Justice
 Republican
[note 1]
April 27, 1951 (age 68)No prior public experienceJanuary 16, 20172021 List
Seal of Wisconsin.svg
Tony Evers (cropped).jpg
Tony Evers
 DemocraticNovember 5, 1951 (age 68) Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction January 7, 20192023 List
Seal of Wyoming.svg
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon 2019 (cropped).jpg Mark Gordon  RepublicanMarch 4, 1957 (age 62)TreasurerJanuary 7, 20192023 List

Territory governors

The following hold the gubernatorial offices of the United States territories.

Territories of the United States Political division that is directly overseen by the United States federal government

Territories of the United States are sub-national administrative divisions overseen by the United States government. The various U.S. territories differ from the U.S. states and Native American tribes in that they are not sovereign entities. They are classified by incorporation and whether they have an "organized" government through an organic act passed by Congress. All U.S. territories are part of the United States, but the unincorporated territories are not considered to be integral parts of the United States, and the U.S. constitution applies only partially in those territories.

   Democratic (3)   Republican (1)   New Progressive (1)

TerritoryPortraitGovernorPartyBornPrior public experienceInaugurationEnd of termPast Governors
Seal of American Samoa.svg
Lolo Moliga by James Kneubuhl.jpg Lolo Matalasi Moliga  Democratic
[note 2]
August 12, 1947 (age 72) American Samoa Senate, American Samoa House of Representatives January 3, 20132021 (term limits) List
Seal of Guam.svg
Lou Leon Guerrero in 2018.jpeg Lou Leon Guerrero  DemocraticNovember 8, 1950 (age 69)Senator of the Guam Legislature January 7, 20192023 List
Seal of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg
Ralph Torres.jpg Ralph Torres  RepublicanAugust 6, 1979 (age 40) Lieutenant Governor, Northern Mariana Islands Legislature December 29, 20152023 (term limits) List
Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.svg
Wanda Vázquez Garced  New ProgressiveJuly 9, 1960 (age 59) Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico August 7, 20192021 List
Seal of the United States Virgin Islands.svg
Albert Bryan with Del Plaskett and Doug Domenech cropped (cropped).jpg Albert Bryan  DemocraticFebruary 21, 1968 (age 51)Commissioner of V.I. Department of LaborJanuary 7, 20192023 List

Federal district mayor

   Democratic (1)

Federal districtPortraitMayorPartyBornPrior public experienceInaugurationEnd of termPast Mayors
Seal of the District of Columbia.svg
Muriel Bowser official photo (cropped).jpg Muriel Bowser  DemocraticAugust 2, 1972 (age 47) Council of the District of Columbia January 2, 20152023 List

List of governors-elect

The following is a list of governors elected on November 5, 2019 and who will be taking office in either December 2019 or January 2020. The list does not include re-elected incumbent governors.

StatePortraitGovernor-electPartyBornPrior public experienceTaking office
Seal of Kentucky.svg
Andy Beshear at Teacher's Rally 13 April 2018 (1).png Andy Beshear  DemocraticNovember 29, 1977 (age 41) Attorney General December 10, 2019
Seal of Mississippi 2014.svg
Tate Reeves.jpg Tate Reeves  RepublicanJune 5, 1974 (age 45) Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer January 14, 2020

Longest streaks by one party

Democrats

Republicans

See also

Seals of governors of the U.S. states are the primary symbols of the executive office of the governor in several states of the United States, similar in concept to the Seal of the President of the United States and Seal of the Vice President of the United States. Governors of some states, such as Washington and Oregon, simply use the state seal in their role as chief executive.

Sixteen U.S. states have personal flags for their governors, as does the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. These flags are analogous to the standards of the President and Vice President of the United States. Most of their designs are based upon either the state flag or state seal/coat of arms.

National Governors Association organization consisting of the governors of the states, territories and commonwealths of the United States

The National Governors Association (NGA) is an American political organization founded in 1908. The association’s members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. Members come to the association from across the political spectrum, but NGA itself is nonpartisan.

Notes

  1. Justice was elected as a Democrat, but switched to the Republican Party six months into his term. [2]
  2. Officially, the governor of American Samoa is a non-partisan position, but officeholders do affiliate with political parties at the national level. Moliga was elected as an Independent, but switched to the Democratic Party in 2015.

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References

  1. NY gubernatorial terms begin at midnight New Year's Day.
  2. "West Virginia Governor to Switch from Democrat to Republican". New York Times. August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.