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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 March 3, 1819

December 27, 1824
James Monroe
2 George Izard.jpg George Izard March 4, 1825

November 22, 1828
John Quincy Adams
3 AR Pope John.jpg John Pope March 9, 1829

March 9, 1835
Andrew Jackson
4 WSFulton.jpg William S. Fulton March 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 September 13, 1836

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

April 29, 1844
(resigned)
Democratic 1840
Samuel Adams (governor).jpg Samuel Adams April 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 November 5, 1844

January 10, 1849
(resigned)
Democratic 1844
1848
Richard C. Byrd January 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 April 19, 1849

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

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

November 4, 1862
(resigned)
Democratic 1860
Thomas Fletcher November 4, 1862

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

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

July 2, 1868
(not candidate for election)
Unionist 1864   Calvin C. Bliss
9 Powell Clayton.jpg Powell Clayton July 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 March 17, 1871

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11, 1909
(senate term expired)
Democratic President of
the Senate
acting as
Governor
Jesse M. Martin January 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 January 14, 1909

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

March 8, 1913
(resigned)
Democratic 1912
William Kavanaugh Oldham March 8, 1913

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 1928
(resigned)
Democratic 1926 Harvey Parnell
29 Harvey Parnell March 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 January 10, 1933

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 3, 1975
(resigned)
Democratic 1970 Bob C. Riley
1972
Bob C. Riley January 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 January 14, 1975

January 3, 1979
(resigned)
Democratic 1974 Joe Purcell
1976
Joe Purcell January 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 January 9, 1979

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

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

December 12, 1992
(resigned)
Democratic 1982
1984
1986
1990 Jim Guy Tucker
43 Jim Guy Tucker.jpg Jim Guy Tucker December 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 July 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 January 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 January 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 77)
Mike Huckabee 1996–2007 August 24, 1955 (1955-08-24) (age 64)
Mike Beebe 2007-2015 December 28, 1946 (1946-12-28) (age 73)

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