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Governor of Arkansas
Seal of Arkansas.svg
Incumbent
Asa Hutchinson

since January 13, 2015
Style The Honorable
Residence Arkansas Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder James Sevier Conway
Formation 1836; Constitution of Arkansas
Succession Every four years, unless re-elected.
Salary $86,890 (2013)

The Governor of Arkansas is the head of the executive branch of Arkansas's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.

List of governors

Governors of the Territory of Arkansas
No. Governor Term in office Appointed by Notes
1 AR Miller James.jpg James Miller 01819-03-03March 3, 1819

December 27, 1824
James Monroe
2 George Izard.jpg George Izard 01825-03-04March 4, 1825

November 22, 1828
John Quincy Adams
3 AR Pope John.jpg John Pope 01829-03-09March 9, 1829

March 9, 1835
Andrew Jackson
4 WSFulton.jpg William S. Fulton 01835-03-09March 9, 1835

September 13, 1836

Governors of the State of Arkansas

Governors of the State of Arkansas
No. Governor Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor
1 AR Conway James Sevier.jpg   James Sevier Conway 01836-09-13September 13, 1836

November 4, 1840
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1836 Office did not exist
2 Archibald Yell - 2er Gouverneur Arkansas.jpg Archibald Yell 01840-11-04November 4, 1840

April 29, 1844
(resigned)
Democratic 1840
Samuel Adams (governor).jpg Samuel Adams 01844-04-29April 29, 1844

November 9, 1844
(not candidate for election)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
3 Thomas Stevenson Drew - Gouverneur von Arkansas.jpg Thomas Stevenson Drew 01844-11-05November 5, 1844

January 10, 1849
(resigned)
Democratic 1844
1848
Richard C. Byrd 01849-01-10January 10, 1849

April 19, 1849
(not candidate for election)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
4 AR Roane John.jpg John Selden Roane 01849-04-19April 19, 1849

November 15, 1852
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1849
(special)
5 Elias Nelson Conway.jpg Elias Nelson Conway 01852-11-15November 15, 1852

November 15, 1860
(term limited)
Democratic 1852
1856
6 Henry Massey Rector.jpg Henry Massey Rector 01860-11-16November 16, 1860

November 4, 1862
(resigned)
Democratic 1860
Thomas Fletcher 01862-11-04November 4, 1862

November 15, 1862
(successor took office)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
7 Governor Harris Flanigin.jpg Harris Flanagin 01862-11-15November 15, 1862

May 26, 1865
(government-in-exile
disbanded)
Democratic 1862
8 Isaac Murphy.jpg Isaac Murphy 01864-04-18April 18, 1864

July 2, 1868
(not candidate for election)
Unionist 1864   Calvin C. Bliss
9 Powell Clayton.jpg Powell Clayton 01868-07-02July 2, 1868

March 17, 1871
(resigned)
Republican 1868   James M. Johnson
(resigned March 14, 1871)
Vacant
O. A. Hadley (Arkansas Governor) 2.jpg Ozra Amander Hadley 01871-03-17March 17, 1871

January 6, 1873
(not candidate for election)
Republican President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
10 Elisha Baxter 01873-01-06January 6, 1873

November 12, 1874
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1872 Volney V. Smith
11 Augustus Hill Garland - Brady-Handy.jpg Augustus Hill Garland 01874-11-12November 12, 1874

January 11, 1877
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1874 Office did not exist
12 WRMiller.jpg William Read Miller 01877-01-11January 11, 1877

January 13, 1881
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1876
1878
13 Thomas James Churchill (2).jpg Thomas James Churchill 01881-01-13January 13, 1881

January 13, 1883
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1880
14 AR James Berry.jpg James Henderson Berry 01883-01-13January 13, 1883

January 15, 1885
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1882
15 Simon Pollard Hughes, Jr - Gouverneur von Arkansas.jpg Simon Pollard Hughes Jr. 01885-01-15January 15, 1885

January 17, 1889
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1884
1886
16 James Philip Eagle.jpg James Philip Eagle 01889-01-17January 17, 1889

January 14, 1893
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1888
1890
17 William Meade Fishback.jpg William Meade Fishback 01893-01-14January 14, 1893

January 18, 1895
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1892
18 AR Clarke John.jpg James Paul Clarke 01895-01-18January 18, 1895

January 18, 1897
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1894
19 Daniel Webster Jones (governor).jpg Daniel Webster Jones 01897-01-18January 18, 1897

January 18, 1901
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1896
1898
20 Jeff Davis.jpg Jeff Davis 01901-01-18January 18, 1901

January 18, 1907
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1900
1902
1904
21 AR Little John.jpg John Sebastian Little 01907-01-18January 18, 1907

February 11, 1907
(resigned)
Democratic 1906
AR Moore John.jpg John Isaac Moore 01907-02-11February 11, 1907

May 14, 1907
(legislature adjourned)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
PindallXO f.jpg Xenophon Overton Pindall 01907-05-14May 14, 1907

January 11, 1909
(senate term expired)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
Jesse M. Martin 01909-01-11January 11, 1909

January 14, 1909
(successor took office)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
22 Portrait of George Washington Donaghey.jpg George Washington Donaghey 01909-01-14January 14, 1909

January 16, 1913
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1908
1910
23 Joseph T. Robinson cropped.jpg Joseph Taylor Robinson 01913-01-16January 16, 1913

March 8, 1913
(resigned)
Democratic 1912
William Kavanaugh Oldham 01913-03-08March 8, 1913

March 13, 1913
(new president of
the senate elected)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
Junius Marion Futrell 01913-03-13March 13, 1913

August 6, 1913
(successor took office)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
24 George Washington Hays 01913-08-06August 6, 1913

January 10, 1917
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1913
(special)
1914
25 Charles Hillman Brough in 1916.jpg Charles Hillman Brough 01917-01-10January 10, 1917

January 11, 1921
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1916
1918
26 AR McRae Thomas.jpg Thomas Chipman McRae 01921-01-11January 11, 1921

January 13, 1925
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1920
1922
27 Tom Terral 01925-01-13January 13, 1925

January 11, 1927
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1924
28 JohnEllisMartineau.jpg John Ellis Martineau 01927-01-11January 11, 1927

March 14, 1928
(resigned)
Democratic 1926 Harvey Parnell
29 Harvey Parnell 01928-03-14March 14, 1928

January 10, 1933
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
1928 Lee Cazort
1930 Lawrence Elery Wilson
30 Junius Marion Futrell 01933-01-10January 10, 1933

January 12, 1937
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1932 Lee Cazort
1934
31 Carl Edward Bailey 01937-01-12January 12, 1937

January 14, 1941
(lost election)
Democratic 1936 Robert L. Bailey
1938
32 Homer Martin Adkins 01941-01-14January 14, 1941

January 9, 1945
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1940
1942 James L. Shaver
33 Benjamin Travis Laney 01945-01-09January 9, 1945

January 11, 1949
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1944
1946 Nathan Green Gordon
34 Sid mcmath1.JPG Sid McMath 01949-01-11January 11, 1949

January 13, 1953
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1948
1950
35 Francis Cherry 01953-01-13January 13, 1953

January 11, 1955
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1952
36 Orval Faubus speaking, 20 August 1959.jpg Orval Faubus 01955-01-11January 11, 1955

January 10, 1967
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1954
1956
1958
1960
1962
1964
37 Winthrop Rockefeller.jpg Winthrop Rockefeller 01967-01-10January 10, 1967

January 12, 1971
(lost election)
Republican 1966 Maurice Britt
1968
38 Dale Bumpers.jpg Dale Bumpers 01971-01-12January 12, 1971

January 3, 1975
(resigned)
Democratic 1970 Bob C. Riley
1972
Bob C. Riley 01975-01-03January 3, 1975

January 14, 1975
(successor took office)
Democratic Lieutenant
Governor
acting as
Governor
Acting as Governor
39 AR Pryor David (cropped).jpg David Pryor 01975-01-14January 14, 1975

January 3, 1979
(resigned)
Democratic 1974 Joe Purcell
1976
Joe Purcell 01979-01-03January 3, 1979

January 9, 1979
(successor took office)
Democratic Lieutenant
Governor
acting as
Governor
Acting as Governor
40 Bill Clinton (37899881792) (cropped2).jpg Bill Clinton 01979-01-09January 9, 1979

January 19, 1981
(lost election)
Democratic 1978 Joe Purcell
41 Frank D. White 1995.jpg Frank D. White 01981-01-19January 19, 1981

January 11, 1983
(lost election)
Republican 1980 Winston Bryant
42 Bill Clinton.jpg Bill Clinton 01983-01-11January 11, 1983

December 12, 1992
(resigned)
Democratic 1982
1984
1986
1990 Jim Guy Tucker
43 Jim Guy Tucker.jpg Jim Guy Tucker 01992-12-12December 12, 1992

July 15, 1996
(resigned)
Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
Mike Huckabee
(elected November 20, 1993)
1994
44 Huckabee-SF-CC-024.jpg Mike Huckabee 01996-07-15July 15, 1996

January 9, 2007
(term limited)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
Winthrop Paul Rockefeller
(elected November 19, 1996)
(died July 16, 2006)
1998
2002
Vacant
45 MikeBeebe2009 (cropped).jpg Mike Beebe 02007-01-09January 9, 2007

January 13, 2015
(term limited)
Democratic 2006 Bill Halter
2010 Mark Darr
(resigned February 1, 2014)
Vacant
46 Asa Hutchinson.jpg Asa Hutchinson 02015-01-13January 13, 2015

present
Republican 2014 Tim Griffin
2018

Living former U.S. governors of Arkansas

As of January 2016, there were five former U.S. governors of Arkansas who are still living. The oldest was David Pryor (1975-1979, born 1934). The most recent death of a former U.S. governor of Arkansas was that of Dale Bumpers (1971–1975), who died on January 1, 2016. The most recently serving governor to die was Frank D. White, who served from 1981 to 1983 and died on May 21, 2003.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
David Pryor 1975–1979 August 29, 1934 (1934-08-29) (age 85)
Bill Clinton 1979–1981
1983–1992
August 19, 1946 (1946-08-19) (age 73)
Jim Guy Tucker 1992–1996 June 12, 1943 (1943-06-12) (age 76)
Mike Huckabee 1996–2007 August 24, 1955 (1955-08-24) (age 64)
Mike Beebe 2007-2015 December 28, 1946 (1946-12-28) (age 72)

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