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Governor of Delaware
John C. Carney Jr. official portrait 112th Congress.jpg
Incumbent
John Carney

since January 17, 2017
Style The Honorable
Residence Delaware Governor's Mansion
Dover, Delaware
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder John McKinly
Formation February 12, 1777
Deputy Bethany Hall-Long
Salary $171,000 (2013)
Website governor.delaware.gov

The Governor of Delaware (President of Delaware from 1776 to 1792) is the head of the executive branch of Delaware's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Delaware Legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of impeachment, and only with the recommendation of the Board of Pardons.

There have been 70 people who have served as governor, over 73 distinct terms. Additionally, Henry Molleston was elected, but died before he could take office. Only four governors have been elected to two consecutive terms, with the longest-serving being Ruth Ann Minner, who was elected twice after succeeding to the office, serving a total of just over eight years. The shortest term is that of Dale E. Wolf, who served 18 days following his predecessor's resignation; David P. Buckson served 19 days under similar circumstances. The current governor is John Carney, who took office on January 17, 2017.

Other high offices held

Seventeen of Delaware's governors have held other high offices, with six representing Delaware in the Continental Congress and twelve representing the state in the U.S. Congress. Two have served as President of Pennsylvania. Four (marked with *) resigned to take other offices, three in the U.S. Congress and one to be President of Pennsylvania.

All representatives and senators listed represented Delaware except where noted.

Governor Gubernatorial term Other offices held Source
McKean, ThomasThomas McKean 1777 Continental Delegate (including President of the Continental Congress), President of Pennsylvania
Read, GeorgeGeorge Read 1777–1778 Continental Delegate, Senator
Rodney, CaesarCaesar Rodney 1778–1781 Continental Delegate
Dickinson, JohnJohn Dickinson 1781–1783 Continental Delegate, Continental Delegate from Pennsylvania, President of Pennsylvania*
Van Dyke, NicholasNicholas Van Dyke 1783–1786 Continental Delegate
Clayton, JoshuaJoshua Clayton 1789–1796 Senator
Bassett, RichardRichard Bassett 1799–1801 Senator
Mitchell, NathanielNathaniel Mitchell 1805–1808 Continental Delegate
Rodney, DanielDaniel Rodney 1814–1817 Representative, Senator
Temple, WilliamWilliam Temple 1846–1847 Representative
Biggs, Benjamin T.Benjamin T. Biggs 1887–1891 Representative
Townsend, Jr., John G.John G. Townsend, Jr. 1917–1921 Senator
Buck, C. DouglassC. Douglass Buck 1929–1937 Senator
Boggs, J. CalebJ. Caleb Boggs 1953–1960 Senator*
du Pont, IV, Pierre S.Pierre S. du Pont, IV 1977–1985 Representative
Castle, MichaelMichael Castle 1985–1992 Representative*
Carper, TomTom Carper 1993–2001 Representative, Senator*

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