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Governor of Colorado
Seal of the Executive Office of Colorado.svg
Seal of the Executive Office
Jared Polis official photo (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Jared Polis

since January 8, 2019
Style The Honorable
Residence Colorado Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, renewable once consecutively
Inaugural holder John Long Routt
Formation August 1, 1876
Deputy Dianne Primavera
Salary $90,000 (2013)

The Governor of Colorado is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Colorado. The governor is the head of the executive branch of Colorado's state government.

The governor is charged with enforcing state laws. The governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Colorado General Assembly and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason or impeachment. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.

The current governor is Democrat Jared Polis, who took office on January 8, 2019.

List of Governors

Governors of the State of Colorado
No. Governor Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor
1 John Long Routt.jpg   John Long Routt 01876-11-03November 3, 1876

January 14, 1879
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1876   Lafayette Head
2 Frederick Walker Pitkin.jpg Frederick Walker Pitkin 01879-01-14January 14, 1879

January 9, 1883
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1878 Horace Tabor
1880
3 James Grant.gif James Benton Grant 01883-01-09January 9, 1883

January 13, 1885
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1882 William H. Meyer
4 Benjamin Eaton.gif Benjamin Harrison Eaton 01885-01-13January 13, 1885

January 11, 1887
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1884 Peter W. Breene
5 Alvaadams.jpg Alva Adams 01887-01-11January 11, 1887

January 8, 1889
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1886 Norman H. Meldrum
6 Job Cooper.gif Job Adams Cooper 01889-01-08January 8, 1889

January 13, 1891
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1888 William Grover Smith
7 John Long Routt.jpg John Long Routt 01891-01-13January 13, 1891

January 10, 1893
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1890 William Story
8 Davis Hanson Waite.gif Davis Hanson Waite 01893-01-10January 10, 1893

January 8, 1895
(lost election)
Populist 1892 David H. Nichols
9 Albert Mcintire.gif Albert McIntire 01895-01-08January 8, 1895

January 12, 1897
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1894 Jared L. Brush
10 Alvaadams.jpg Alva Adams 01897-01-12January 12, 1897

January 10, 1899
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1896
11 Charles Spalding Thomas.jpg Charles S. Thomas 01899-01-10January 10, 1899

January 8, 1901
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1898 Francis Patrick Carney
12 James Orman.gif James Bradley Orman 01901-01-08January 8, 1901

January 13, 1903
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1900 David C. Coates
13 James Hamilton Peabody.jpg James Hamilton Peabody 01903-01-13January 13, 1903

January 10, 1905
(lost election)
Republican 1902 Warren A. Haggott
14 Alvaadams.jpg Alva Adams 01905-01-10January 10, 1905

March 16, 1905
(declared loser in election)
Democratic 1904 Arthur Cornforth
15 James Hamilton Peabody.jpg James Hamilton Peabody 01905-03-16March 16, 1905

March 17, 1905
(resigned)
Republican Jesse Fuller McDonald
16 Jesse Mcdonald.gif Jesse Fuller McDonald 01905-03-17March 17, 1905

January 8, 1907
(did not run for election)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Arthur Cornforth
(removed July 5, 1905)
Fred W. Parks
17 Henry Buchtel.gif Henry Augustus Buchtel 01907-01-08January 8, 1907

January 12, 1909
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1906 Erastus Harper
18 John Shafroth.gif John F. Shafroth 01909-01-12January 12, 1909

January 14, 1913
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1908 Stephen R. Fitzgarrald
1910
19 Elias Ammons.gif Elias M. Ammons 01913-01-14January 14, 1913

January 12, 1915
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1912
20 George Alfred Carlson in 1914.jpg George Alfred Carlson 01915-01-12January 12, 1915

January 9, 1917
(lost election)
Republican 1914 Moses E. Lewis
21 Julius Gunter.gif Julius Caldeen Gunter 01917-01-09January 9, 1917

January 14, 1919
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1916 James Pulliam
22 Oliver Henry Shoup.jpg Oliver Henry Shoup 01919-01-14January 14, 1919

January 9, 1923
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1918 George Stephan
1920 Earl Cooley
23 William Sweet.gif William Ellery Sweet 01923-01-09January 9, 1923

January 13, 1925
(lost election)
Democratic 1922 Robert F. Rockwell
24 Clarence Morley 01925-01-13January 13, 1925

January 11, 1927
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1924 Sterling Byrd Lacy
25 Billy Adams 01927-01-11January 11, 1927

January 10, 1933
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1926 George Milton Corlett
1928
1930 Edwin C. Johnson
26 Edwin Johnson.jpg Edwin C. Johnson 01933-01-10January 10, 1933

January 1, 1937
(resigned)
Democratic 1932 Ray Herbert Talbot
1934
27 Ray Herbert Talbot 01937-01-01January 1, 1937

January 12, 1937
(successor took office)
Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
28 Teller Ammons 01937-01-12January 12, 1937

January 10, 1939
(lost election)
Democratic 1936 Frank Hayes
29 Gov Ralph L Carr 1940.jpg Ralph Lawrence Carr 01939-01-10January 10, 1939

January 12, 1943
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1938 John Charles Vivian
1940
30 John Charles Vivian 01943-01-12January 12, 1943

January 14, 1947
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1942 William Eugene Higby
1944
31 William Lee Knous.jpg William Lee Knous 01947-01-14January 14, 1947

April 15, 1950
(resigned)
Democratic 1946 Homer L. Pearson
1948 Walter Walford Johnson
32 Walter Walford Johnson 01950-04-15April 15, 1950

January 9, 1951
(lost election)
Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Charles P. Murphy
33 Daniel I.J. Thornton Colorado.jpg Daniel I. J. Thornton 01951-01-09January 9, 1951

January 11, 1955
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1950 Gordon Allott
1952
34 Edwin Johnson.jpg Edwin C. Johnson 01955-01-11January 11, 1955

January 8, 1957
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1954 Stephen McNichols
35 Stephen McNichols 1962.jpg Stephen McNichols 01957-01-08January 8, 1957

January 8, 1963
(lost election)
Democratic 1956 Frank L. Hays
1958
Robert Lee Knous
36 John A. Love.jpg John Arthur Love 01963-01-08January 8, 1963

July 16, 1973
(resigned)
Republican 1962
1966 Mark Anthony Hogan
1970 John D. Vanderhoof
37 John D. Vanderhoof Colorado Governor.jpg John D. Vanderhoof 01973-07-16July 16, 1973

January 14, 1975
(lost election)
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Ted L. Strickland
38 Richard Lamm.jpg Richard Lamm 01975-01-14January 14, 1975

January 13, 1987
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1974 George L. Brown
1978 Nancy E. Dick
1982
39 Roy Romer 01987-01-13January 13, 1987

January 12, 1999
(term limited)
Democratic 1986 Mike Callihan
(resigned May 10, 1994)
1990
Vacant
Samuel H. Cassidy
(took office May 11, 1994)
1994 Gail Schoettler
40 Bill Owens 2002 (cropped).jpg Bill Owens 01999-01-12January 12, 1999

January 9, 2007
(term limited)
Republican 1998 Joe Rogers
2002 Jane E. Norton
41 Bill Ritter official photo (cropped 2).jpg Bill Ritter 02007-01-09January 9, 2007

January 11, 2011
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 2006 Barbara O'Brien
42 Governor John Hickenlooper 2015.jpg John Hickenlooper 02011-01-11January 11, 2011

January 8, 2019
(term limited)
Democratic 2010 Joseph García
(resigned May 12, 2016)
2014
Donna Lynne
43 Jared Polis official photo (cropped).jpg Jared Polis 02019-01-08January 8, 2019

present
Democratic 2018 Dianne Primavera

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