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Democratic
held seats
Republican
held seats
Independent
held seats
Total seats
per race
2015 Gubernatorial Races 1 2 0 3
2016 Gubernatorial Races 7 4 0 11
2017 Gubernatorial Races 1 1 0 2
2018 Gubernatorial Races 9 24 1 34
All Current Governors 18 31 1 50



Governors of the United States

The position of Governor in the United States dates back from the pre-independence period, when the British crown appointed Royal Governors to oversee and manage its interest in the colonies. Aided by a Privy Council, the office of the Royal Governor is viewed as possessing direct royal authority, backed by the might of the British Navy. The office grew gradually in strength and importance, and its authority expanded from trade and customs regulations to judicial matters and the enforcement of royal policies. By the early 18th century, provincial assemblies were created to further strengthen the executive authority of the Royal Governors, which by the middle of the century, had grown to eight. These assemblies also provided a measure of control against any possible abuses of power by the Royal Governors.

After independence, the office of Governor was established by the original 13 states to act as the chief executive of the local government. While there were several federal appointments during the early days of independence, the responsibility was soon taken over by state legislatures. Towards the middle of the 19th century, the elections of governors were decided by the citizenry, a practice that continues today. However, the individual states’ requirement and political evolution have rendered the process, criterion and scope of authority of the governors considerably varied.

Today, each of the 50 states elects a governor to lead the local government. While the role of governors is largely ceremonial, they are also seen as a symbol of the sovereignty of the states within the construct of the federal union.

These governors generally serve a four-year term, with the exception of New Hampshire and Vermont, where the term is only two years. However, in 13 American states, a governor may serve for an unlimited number of terms. Other states allow between one to four terms, although some have limitations on consecutive terms.

Gubernatorial elections are governed by the constitution of the individual states. In 2015, the citizens of 3 states will be going to the voting booth to elect their governors. In 2016, another 11 gubernatorial seats will be up for election.




List of all 50 United States Governors and their election information



Alabama
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 17th, 2011
  • Age 72 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Alaska
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(Independent)
  • First sworn into office on December 1st, 2014
  • Age 64 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Arizona
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 5th, 2015
  • Age 51 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Arkansas
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 13th, 2015
  • Age 64 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

California
Open seat
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011
  • Age 77 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Colorado
Open seat
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 11th, 2011
  • Age 63 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Connecticut
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 5th, 2011
  • Age 59 and currently serving his second term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Delaware
Open seat
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 20th, 2009
  • Age 54 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2016 due to term limits

Florida
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 4th, 2011
  • Age 62 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Georgia
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 10th, 2011
  • Age 72 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Hawaii
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on December 1st, 2014
  • Age 58 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Idaho
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 1st, 2007
  • Age 73 and currently serving his third term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Illinois
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 12th, 2015
  • Age 58 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Indiana
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 14th, 2013
  • Age 56 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2016 but has not announced

Iowa
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 14th, 2011
  • Age 68 and currently serving his second term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Kansas
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 10th, 2011
  • Age 59 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Kentucky
Open seat
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on December 11th, 2007
  • Age 70 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2015 due to term limits

Louisiana
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 14th, 2008
  • Age 44 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2015 due to term limits

Maine
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 5th, 2011
  • Age 66 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Maryland
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 21st, 2015
  • Age 59 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Massachusetts
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 8th, 2015
  • Age 58 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Michigan
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 1st, 2011
  • Age 56 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Minnesota
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011
  • Age 68 and currently serving his second term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Mississippi
testtest
(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 10th, 2012
  • Age 60 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2015 and intends to run

Missouri
Open seat
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 12th, 2009
  • Age 59 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2016 due to term limits

Montana
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 7th, 2013
  • Age 49 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2016 but has not announced

Nebraska
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 8th, 2015
  • Age 50 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Nevada
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011
  • Age 51 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

New Hampshire
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 3rd, 2013
  • Age 57 and currently serving her second term
  • She is eligible in 2016 but has not announced

New Jersey
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 19th, 2010
  • Age 52 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2017 due to term limits

New Mexico
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 1st, 2011
  • Age 55 and currently serving her second term
  • She is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

New York
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 1st, 2011
  • Age 57 and currently serving his second term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

North Carolina
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 5th, 2013
  • Age 58 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2016 and intends to run

North Dakota
testtest
(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on December 7th, 2010
  • Age 66 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2016 but has not announced

Ohio
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 10th, 2011
  • Age 63 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Oklahoma
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 10th, 2011
  • Age 60 and currently serving her second term
  • She is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Oregon
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on February 18th, 2015
  • Age 55 and currently serving her first term
  • She is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Pennsylvania
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 20th, 2015
  • Age 66 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Rhode Island
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 6th, 2015
  • Age 44 and currently serving her first term
  • She is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

South Carolina
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 12th, 2011
  • Age 43 and currently serving her second term
  • She is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

South Dakota
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 8th, 2011
  • Age 62 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Tennessee
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 15th, 2011
  • Age 56 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits

Texas
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 20th, 2015
  • Age 57 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Utah
testtest
(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on August 11th, 2009
  • Age 68 and currently serving his second term
  • He is eligible in 2016 but has not announced

Vermont
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 6th, 2011
  • Age 59 and currently serving his third term
  • He is eligible in 2016 but has not announced

Virginia
Open seat
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 11th, 2014
  • Age 58 and currently serving his first term
  • He is ineligible in 2017 due to term limits

Washington
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on January 16th, 2013
  • Age 64 and currently serving his first term
  • He is eligible in 2016 but has not announced

West Virginia
Open seat
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(Democrat)
  • First sworn into office on November 15th, 2010
  • Age 63 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2016 due to term limits

Wisconsin
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011
  • Age 47 and currently serving his second term
  • He is eligible in 2018 but has not announced

Wyoming
Open seat
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(Republican)
  • First sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011
  • Age 53 and currently serving his second term
  • He is ineligible in 2018 due to term limits




 
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