The following is a list of current governors of U.S. states and territories.
In the United States, a governor is the chief executive officer of a state or a territory. The partisan affiliations of American governors are close to being even among the fifty states. As of January 2021, there are 23 states with Democratic governors and 27 states with Republican governors. Additionally, three U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam and the United States Virgin Islands) have Democratic governors, while one (the Northern Mariana Islands) has a Republican governor. Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico is a member of the New Progressive Party, although he is also affiliated with the Democratic Party.
The current term ends and new term begins 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.
|State||Portrait||Governor||Party||Born||Prior public experience||Inauguration||End of term||Past governors|
|Republican||October 15, 1944||Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer||April 10, 2017||2023||List|
|Republican||May 5, 1961||Alaska Senate||December 3, 2018||2022||List|
|Republican||April 9, 1964||Treasurer||January 5, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Republican||December 3, 1950|| Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Border & Transportation Security,|
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. House, U.S. Attorney
|January 13, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Gavin Newsom||Democratic||October 10, 1967||Lieutenant Governor, Mayor of San Francisco||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
|Jared Polis||Democratic||May 12, 1975||U.S. House, Colorado State Board of Education||January 8, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||January 3, 1954||Greenwich Selectman||January 9, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||May 20, 1956||U.S. House, Lieutenant Governor||January 17, 2017||2025 (term limits)||List|
|Republican||September 14, 1978||U.S. House||January 8, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||November 2, 1963||Secretary of State, Georgia Senate||January 14, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||January 15, 1957||Hawaii Senate, Hawaii House||December 1, 2014||2022 (term limits)||List|
|Republican||February 15, 1954||Lieutenant Governor, Idaho Senate||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||January 19, 1965||No prior public experience||January 14, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||May 2, 1968||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, 2017||2025 (term limits)||List|
|Republican||August 4, 1959||Lieutenant Governor, Iowa Senate||May 24, 2017||2023||List|
|Democratic||January 24, 1950||Kansas Senate||January 14, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||November 29, 1977||Attorney General||December 10, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||September 16, 1966||Minority Leader of the Louisiana House||January 11, 2016||2024 (term limits)||List|
|Democratic||December 30, 1947||Attorney General, Maine House||January 2, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||May 25, 1956||Secretary of Appointments||January 21, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Republican||November 13, 1956|| Swampscott Selectman, Secretary of Administration and Finance,|
Secretary of Health and Human Services
|January 8, 2015||2023||List|
|Gretchen Whitmer||Democratic||August 23, 1971||Michigan Senate, Michigan House||January 1, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic–Farmer–Labor||April 6, 1964||U.S. House||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||June 5, 1974||Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer||January 14, 2020||2024||List|
|Republican||September 17, 1955||Lieutenant Governor, Missouri Senate, Missouri House, Sheriff of Polk County||June 1, 2018||2025||List|
|Republican||April 17, 1961||U.S. House||January 4, 2021||2025||List|
|Republican||August 19, 1964||No prior public experience||January 8, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Steve Sisolak||Democratic||December 26, 1953||Clark County Commission, Nevada Board of Regents||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||November 5, 1974||New Hampshire Executive Council||January 5, 2017||2023||List|
|Democratic||August 16, 1957||U.S. Ambassador, Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee||January 16, 2018||2022||List|
|Michelle Lujan Grisham||Democratic||October 24, 1959||U.S. House, Secretary of Health||January 1, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||December 6, 1957||Attorney General, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development||January 1, 2011||2022||List|
|Democratic||June 13, 1957||Attorney General, North Carolina Senate, North Carolina House||January 1, 2017||2025 (term limits)||List|
|Republican||August 1, 1956||No prior public experience||December 15, 2016||2024||List|
|Republican||January 5, 1947||Attorney General, U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor, U.S. House, Ohio Senate||January 14, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||December 28, 1972||No prior public experience||January 14, 2019||2023||List|
|Democratic||June 21, 1960||Secretary of State, Oregon Senate, Oregon House||February 18, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Democratic||November 17, 1948||Secretary of Revenue||January 20, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Democratic||May 17, 1971||General Treasurer||January 6, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Republican||May 27, 1947||Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, U.S. Attorney||January 24, 2017||2023||List|
|Kristi Noem||Republican||November 30, 1971||U.S. House, South Dakota House||January 5, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||October 9, 1959||No prior public experience||January 19, 2019||2023||List|
|Republican||November 13, 1957||Attorney General, Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court||January 20, 2015||2023||List|
|Republican||June 11, 1975||Lieutenant Governor, Utah House, Sanpete County Commission||January 4, 2021||2025||List|
|Republican||August 4, 1958||Lieutenant Governor, Vermont Senate||January 5, 2017||2023||List|
|Democratic||September 13, 1959||Lieutenant Governor, Virginia Senate||January 13, 2018||2022 (term limits)||List|
|Democratic||February 9, 1951||U.S. House, Washington House||January 16, 2013||2025||List|
|Republican||April 27, 1951||No prior public experience||January 16, 2017||2025 (term limits)||List|
|Democratic||November 5, 1951||Superintendent of Public Instruction||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
|Mark Gordon||Republican||March 4, 1957||Treasurer||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
The following hold the gubernatorial offices of the United States territories.
|Territory||Portrait||Governor||Party||Born||Prior public experience||Inauguration||End of term||Past governors|
|Lemanu Peleti Mauga||Democratic||January 1, 1949||Lieutenant Governor||January 3, 2021||2025||List|
|Lou Leon Guerrero||Democratic||November 8, 1950||Senator of the Guam Legislature||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
|Ralph Torres||Republican||August 6, 1979||Lieutenant Governor, Northern Mariana Islands Legislature||December 29, 2015||2023 (term limits)||List|
|Pedro Pierluisi||New Progressive||April 25, 1959||Resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico||January 2, 2021||2025||List|
|Albert Bryan||Democratic||February 21, 1968||Commissioner of Labor||January 7, 2019||2023||List|
|Federal district||Portrait||Mayor||Party||Born||Prior public experience||Inauguration||End of term||Past mayors|
|Muriel Bowser||Democratic||August 2, 1972||Council of the District of Columbia||January 2, 2015||2023||List|
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