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Governor of Idaho
Seal of Idaho.svg
Brad Little official photo (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Brad Little

since January 7, 2019
Residence None
Term length Four years, no term limit
Inaugural holder George L. Shoup
Formation October 1, 1890
Deputy Janice McGeachin
Salary $117,000 (2013)
Website gov.idaho.gov

The Governor of Idaho is the head of the executive branch of Idaho's state government and commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has the duty to see state laws are executed, power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Idaho Legislature.

Idaho Territory had 16 territorial governors appointed by the President of the United States from the territory's organization in 1863 until the formation of the state of Idaho in 1890. Four of these never took office, resigning before reaching the territory.

Thirty-one individuals have held the office of governor of Idaho since the state's admission to the Union in 1890, two of whom—C. A. Bottolfsen and Cecil Andrus—served non-consecutive terms. The state's first governor, George L. Shoup, had the shortest term of three months, and Cecil Andrus served as governor the longest at 14 years. Four governors resigned, but none have died while in office. The current governor is Republican Brad Little, who took office on January 7, 2019.

Governors

Governors of the Territory of Idaho

Idaho Territory was created from Dakota Territory, Nebraska Territory, and Washington Territory on March 4, 1863.

Due to the long distance between Washington, D.C. and Boise, there was often a lengthy gap between a governor being appointed and his arrival in the territory; four resigned before even arriving.

Governors of the Territory of Idaho
No. Governor Term in office Appointed by Notes
1 William H. Wallace.jpg William H. Wallace 01863-07-01July 1863

December 1863
Abraham Lincoln
2 Caleb Lyon.jpg Caleb Lyon 01864-08-01August 1, 1864

April 1866
3 Davidwballard.jpg David W. Ballard 01866-06-14June 14, 1866

July 1870
Andrew Johnson
Samuel Bard 1823-1878 (Idaho Governor), front.jpg Samuel Bard 01870-03-30March 30, 1870 Ulysses S. Grant
Gilman Marston - Brady-Handy.jpg Gilman Marston 01870-06-07June 7, 1870
Alexander H. Conner (Idaho Governor).jpg Alexander H. Conner 01871-01-12January 12, 1871
4 ThomasMBowen.jpg Thomas M. Bowen 01871-07-01July 1871

August 15, 1871
5 Thomas W. Bennett territorial governor - Brady-Handy.jpg Thomas W. Bennett 01871-12-01December 1871

December 4, 1875
6 Davidpthompson.jpg David P. Thompson 01876-04-01April 1876

May 1876
7 Masonbrayman.jpg Mason Brayman 01876-07-01July 1876

July 24, 1880
John Philo Hoyt.jpg John Philo Hoyt 01878-06-08June 8, 1878Appointed June 8, 1878
Rutherford B. Hayes
8 Johnbaldwinneil.jpg John Baldwin Neil 01880-08-03August 3, 1880

March 2, 1883
9 John Nichol Irwin - oval.jpg John N. Irwin 01883-04-01April 1883

December 20, 1883
Chester A. Arthur
10 William Malcolm Bunn.jpg William M. Bunn 01884-06-26June 26, 1884

July 3, 1885
11 Edwardastevenson.PNG Edward A. Stevenson 01885-09-29September 29, 1885

April 1, 1889
Grover Cleveland
12 Georgelshoup.jpg George L. Shoup 01889-04-30April 30, 1889

July 3, 1890
Benjamin Harrison

Governors of the State of Idaho

Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890. Since then, the state has had 32 governors, two of whom served non-consecutive terms. The terms for governor and lieutenant governor are four years, commencing on the first Monday in the January following the election. Prior to 1946, the offices were elected to terms of two years. If the office of governor is vacant or the governor is out of state or unable to discharge his duties, the lieutenant governor acts as governor until such time as the disability is removed. If both the offices of governor and lieutenant governor are vacant or both those officers are unable to fulfill their duties, the President pro tempore of the Idaho Senate is next in line, and then the Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives. After the change to four-year terms, self-succession (re-election) was not initially allowed; newly elected Governor Robert E. Smylie, formerly the state's attorney general, successfully lobbied the 1955 legislature to propose an amendment to the state constitution to allow gubernatorial re-election, which was approved by voters in the 1956 general election. There is no limit to the number of terms a governor may serve.

Governors of the State of Idaho
No. Governor Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor
1 Georgelshoup.jpg   George L. Shoup 01890-10-01October 1, 1890

December 18, 1890
(resigned)
Republican 1890   N. B. Willey
2 Norman Bushnell Willey (Idaho Governor).jpg N. B. Willey 01890-12-18December 18, 1890

January 2, 1893
(not candidate for election)
Republican Lieutenant
Governor
acting as
Governor
John S. Gray
3 Williammcconnell.jpg William J. McConnell 01893-01-02January 2, 1893

January 4, 1897
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1892 F. B. Willis
1894 F. J. Mills
4 Franksteunenberg.jpg Frank Steunenberg 01897-01-04January 4, 1897

January 7, 1901
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1896 George F. Moore
1898 J. H. Hutchinson
5 Frankwhunt.PNG Frank W. Hunt 01901-01-07January 7, 1901

January 5, 1903
(lost election)
Democratic 1900 Thomas F. Terrell
6 John T. Morrison.jpg John T. Morrison 01903-01-05January 5, 1903

January 2, 1905
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1902 James M. Stevens
7 Frankgooding.jpg Frank R. Gooding 01905-01-02January 2, 1905

January 4, 1909
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1904 Burpee L. Steeves
1906 Ezra A. Burrell
8 Jamesbrady.jpg James H. Brady 01909-01-04January 4, 1909

January 2, 1911
(lost election)
Republican 1908 Lewis H. Sweetser
9 Jameshhawley.jpg James H. Hawley 01911-01-02January 2, 1911

January 6, 1913
(lost election)
Democratic 1910
10 Johnmhaines.jpg John M. Haines 01913-01-06January 6, 1913

January 4, 1915
(lost election)
Republican 1912 Herman H. Taylor
11 Mosesalexander.jpg Moses Alexander 01915-01-04January 4, 1915

January 6, 1919
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1914
1916 Ernest L. Parker
12 DWDavis.jpg D. W. Davis 01919-01-06January 6, 1919

January 1, 1923
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1918 Charles C. Moore
1920
13 Charles C. Moore 1904.jpg Charles C. Moore 01923-01-01January 1, 1923

January 3, 1927
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1922 H. C. Baldridge
1924
14 HCBaldridge.jpg H. C. Baldridge 01927-01-03January 3, 1927

January 5, 1931
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1926 O. E. Hailey
1928 W. B. Kinne
(died October 1, 1929)
Vacant
O. E. Hailey
(appointed October 25, 1929)
15 C. Ben Ross (Idaho Governor).jpg C. Ben Ross 01931-01-05January 5, 1931

January 4, 1937
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1930 G. P. Mix
1932 George Hill
1934 G. P. Mix
16 Barzilla W. Clark (Idaho Governor).jpg Barzilla W. Clark 01937-01-04January 4, 1937

January 2, 1939
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1936 Charles C. Gossett
17 C. A. Bottolfsen (Idaho Governor).jpg C. A. Bottolfsen 01939-01-02January 2, 1939

January 6, 1941
(lost election)
Republican 1938 Donald S. Whitehead
18 Chase A. Clark (Idaho governor).jpg Chase A. Clark 01941-01-06January 6, 1941

January 4, 1943
(lost election)
Democratic 1940 Charles C. Gossett
19 C. A. Bottolfsen (Idaho Governor).jpg C. A. Bottolfsen 01943-01-04January 4, 1943

January 1, 1945
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1942 Edwin Nelson
20 Charlescgossett.jpg Charles C. Gossett 01945-01-01January 1, 1945

November 17, 1945
(resigned)
Democratic 1944 Arnold Williams
21 Arnold Williams (Idaho Governor).jpg Arnold Williams 01945-11-17November 17, 1945

January 6, 1947
(lost election)
Democratic Lieutenant
Governor
acting as
Governor
Vacant
A. R. McCabe
(appointed March 20, 1946)
22 C. A. Robins (Idaho Governor).jpg C. A. Robins 01947-01-06January 6, 1947

January 1, 1951
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1946
Donald S. Whitehead
23 Lenjordan.jpg Leonard B. Jordan 01951-01-01January 1, 1951

January 3, 1955
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1950 Edson H. Deal
24 Robert E. Smylie.jpg Robert E. Smylie 01955-01-03January 3, 1955

January 2, 1967
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1954 J. Berkeley Larsen
1958 W. E. Drevlow
1962
25 Don Samuelson.jpg Don Samuelson 01967-01-02January 2, 1967

January 4, 1971
(lost election)
Republican 1966 Jack M. Murphy
26 Cecil D Andrus.png Cecil Andrus 01971-01-04January 4, 1971

January 24, 1977
(resigned)
Democratic 1970
1974 John V. Evans
27 John V. Evans 01977-01-24January 24, 1977

January 5, 1987
(not candidate for election)
Democratic Lieutenant
Governor
acting as
Governor
Vacant
William J. Murphy
(appointed January 28, 1977)
1978 Phil Batt
1982 David H. Leroy
28 Cecil D Andrus.png Cecil Andrus 01987-01-05January 5, 1987

January 2, 1995
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1986 Butch Otter
(resigned January 3, 2001)
1990
29 Phil Batt 2010 (cropped).jpg Phil Batt 01995-01-02January 2, 1995

January 4, 1999
(not candidate for election)
Republican 1994
30 Dirkkempthornesenate.jpg Dirk Kempthorne 01999-01-04January 4, 1999

May 26, 2006
(resigned)
Republican 1998
Vacant
Jack Riggs
(appointed January 30, 2001)
2002 Jim Risch
31 James E. Risch, official Senate photo portrait, 2009.jpg Jim Risch 02006-05-26May 26, 2006

January 1, 2007
(not candidate for election)
Republican Lieutenant
Governor
acting as
Governor
Vacant
Mark Ricks
(appointed June 15, 2006)
32 Butchotter.jpg Butch Otter 02007-01-01January 1, 2007

January 7, 2019
(not candidate for election)
Republican 2006 Jim Risch
(resigned January 3, 2009)
Vacant
Brad Little
(appointed January 6, 2009)
2010
2014
33 Brad Little official photo (cropped).jpg Brad Little January 7, 2019

present
Republican 2018 Janice McGeachin

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