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Party affiliation of current United States governors:      Democratic (27)      Republican (27)      New Progressive (1)      Independent (1)

The United States has 50 states and 5 territories that each elect a governor to serve as chief executive of the state or territorial government. The sole federal district, the District of Columbia, elects a mayor to oversee their government in a similar manner. Most states and territories also have a lieutenant governor who is the second-highest-ranking official and the first to succeed the governor in the event of a vacancy.

As of April 4,  2024 (2024 -04-04), there are 27 states with Republican governors and 23 states with Democratic governors. Four U.S. territories have Democratic governors, while one has an independent governor. Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico is a member of the New Progressive Party, although he is also affiliated with the Democratic Party. All 55 governors are members of the National Governors Association, a non-partisan organization which represents states and territories in discussions with the federal government. The federal District of Columbia is governed by a Democratic mayor.

State governors

The current gubernatorial term ends and new term begins in January of the given year for most states and territories; in Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Kentucky, the term ends in December of that year's election. All 55 state and territorial governors are members of the non-partisan National Governors Association as well as the partisan Democratic Governors Association and Republican Governors Association. Three regional associations—Midwestern, Northeastern, and Western—also serve as non-partisan organizations to lobby for governors' interests.

The longest serving incumbent U.S. governor is Jay Inslee of Washington, who took office on January 16, 2013. The most recently inaugurated governor is Jeff Landry of Louisiana, who took office on January 8, 2024. The average age of governors at the time of their inauguration was 59.28 years old. Alabama governor Kay Ivey (born 1944) is the oldest current governor, and Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (born 1982) is the youngest. As of the 2022 elections, there are 12 female state governors currently serving. 46 of the governors are non-Hispanic white, while one is Hispanic, one is Black, and one is Native American.

The notation "(term limits)" after the year indicates that the governor is ineligible to seek re-election in that year; the notation "(retiring)" indicates that the governor has announced his or her intention not to seek re-election at the end of the term nor to run for another office.

Current state governors of the United States
United States governors

      Republican (27)       Democratic (23)

State Image Governor Party Born Prior public experience Inauguration End of term
Alabama (list) Photographic portrait of Kay Ivey Ivey, KayKay Ivey Republican (1944-10-15) October 15, 1944 (age 79) Lieutenant Governor
State Treasurer
April 10, 2017 2027 (term limits)
Alaska (list) Photographic portrait of Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy Republican (1961-05-05) May 5, 1961 (age 63) Alaska Senate
Matanuska-Susitna Borough Board President
December 3, 2018 2026 (term limits)
Arizona (list) Photographic portrait of Katie Hobbs Hobbs, KatieKatie Hobbs Democratic (1969-12-28) December 28, 1969 (age 54) Secretary of State
Minority Leader of the Arizona Senate
Arizona House
January 2, 2023 2027
Arkansas (list) Photographic portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders Huckabee Sanders, SarahSarah Huckabee Sanders Republican (1982-08-13) August 13, 1982 (age 41) White House Press Secretary
White House Deputy Press Secretary
January 10, 2023 2027
California (list) Photographic portrait of Gavin Newsom Newsom, GavinGavin Newsom Democratic (1967-10-10) October 10, 1967 (age 56) Lieutenant Governor
Mayor of San Francisco
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
January 7, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Colorado (list) Photographic portrait of Jared Polis Polis, JaredJared Polis Democratic (1975-05-12) May 12, 1975 (age 49) U.S. House
Colorado State Board of Education
January 8, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Connecticut (list) Photographic portrait of Ned Lamont Lamont, NedNed Lamont Democratic (1954-01-03) January 3, 1954 (age 70) Chair of the State Investment Advisory Council
Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation
Greenwich Board of Selectmen
January 9, 2019 2027
Delaware (list) Photographic portrait of John Carney Carney, JohnJohn Carney Democratic (1956-05-20) May 20, 1956 (age 68) U.S. House
Lieutenant Governor
State Secretary of Finance
Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Carper
January 17, 2017 2025 (term limits)
Florida (list) Photographic portrait of Ron DeSantis DeSantis, RonRon DeSantis Republican (1978-09-14) September 14, 1978 (age 45) U.S. House
Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy
January 8, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Georgia (list) Photographic portrait of Brian Kemp Kemp, BrianBrian Kemp Republican (1963-11-02) November 2, 1963 (age 60) Secretary of State
Georgia Senate
January 14, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Hawaii (list) Photographic portrait of Josh Green Green, JoshJosh Green Democratic (1970-02-11) February 11, 1970 (age 54) Lieutenant Governor
Hawaii Senate
Hawaii House
December 5, 2022 2026
Idaho (list) Photographic portrait of Brad Little Little, BradBrad Little Republican (1954-02-15) February 15, 1954 (age 70) Lieutenant Governor
Idaho Senate
January 7, 2019 2027
Illinois (list) Photographic portrait of J. B. Pritzker Pritzker, J. B.J. B. Pritzker Democratic (1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 59) Chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission
Co-Chair of Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign
January 14, 2019 2027
Indiana (list) Photographic portrait of Eric Holcomb Holcomb, EricEric Holcomb Republican (1968-05-02) May 2, 1968 (age 56) Lieutenant Governor
Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dan Coats
State Republican Party Chair
Yeoman in the United States Navy
January 9, 2017 2025 (term limits)
Iowa (list) Photographic portrait of Kim Reynolds Reynolds, KimKim Reynolds Republican (1959-08-04) August 4, 1959 (age 64) Lieutenant Governor
Iowa Senate
Clarke County Treasurer
May 24, 2017 2027
Kansas (list) Photographic portrait of Laura Kelly Kelly, LauraLaura Kelly Democratic (1950-01-24) January 24, 1950 (age 74) Kansas Senate January 14, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Kentucky (list) Photographic portrait of Andy Beshear Beshear, AndyAndy Beshear Democratic (1977-11-29) November 29, 1977 (age 46) State Attorney General December 10, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Louisiana (list) Photographic portrait of Josh Green Jeff Landry Republican (1970-12-23) December 23, 1970 (age 53) State Attorney General
U.S. House
January 8, 2024 2028
Maine (list) Photographic portrait of Janet Mills Mills, JanetJanet Mills Democratic (1947-12-30) December 30, 1947 (age 76) State Attorney General
Maine House
Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties District Attorney
January 2, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Maryland (list) Photographic portrait of Wes Moore Moore, WesWes Moore Democratic (1978-10-15) October 15, 1978 (age 45) Captain in the United States Army January 18, 2023 2027
Massachusetts (list) Photographic portrait of Maura Healey Healey, MauraMaura Healey Democratic (1971-02-08) February 8, 1971 (age 53) State Attorney General January 5, 2023 2027
Michigan (list) Photographic portrait of Gretchen Whitmer Whitmer, GretchenGretchen Whitmer Democratic (1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 52) Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney
Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
Michigan House
January 1, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Minnesota (list) Photographic portrait of Tim Walz Walz, TimTim Walz Democratic–Farmer–Labor (1964-04-06) April 6, 1964 (age 60) U.S. House
Command Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard
January 7, 2019 2027
Mississippi (list) Photographic portrait of Tate Reeves Reeves, TateTate Reeves Republican (1974-06-05) June 5, 1974 (age 50) Lieutenant Governor
State Treasurer
January 14, 2020 2028 (term limits)
Missouri (list) Photographic portrait of Mike Parson Parson, MikeMike Parson Republican (1955-09-17) September 17, 1955 (age 68) Lieutenant Governor
Missouri Senate
Missouri House
Polk County Sheriff
Sergeant in the United States Army
June 1, 2018 2025 (term limits)
Montana (list) Photographic portrait of Greg Gianforte Gianforte, GregGreg Gianforte Republican (1961-04-17) April 17, 1961 (age 63) U.S. House January 4, 2021 2025
Nebraska (list) Photographic portrait of Jim Pillen Pillen, JimJim Pillen Republican (1955-12-31) December 31, 1955 (age 68) University of Nebraska Board of Regents January 5, 2023 2027
Nevada (list) Photographic portrait of Joe Lombardo Lombardo, JoeJoe Lombardo Republican (1962-11-08) November 8, 1962 (age 61) Clark County Sheriff
U.S. Army Reserve
U.S. Army National Guard
January 2, 2023 2027
New Hampshire (list) Photographic portrait of Chris Sununu Sununu, ChrisChris Sununu Republican (1974-11-05) November 5, 1974 (age 49) New Hampshire Executive Council January 5, 2017 2025 (retiring)
New Jersey (list) Photographic portrait of Phil Murphy Murphy, PhilPhil Murphy Democratic (1957-08-16) August 16, 1957 (age 66) U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee
January 16, 2018 2026 (term limits)
New Mexico (list) Photographic portrait of Michelle Lujan Grisham Lujan Grisham, MichelleMichelle Lujan Grisham Democratic (1959-10-24) October 24, 1959 (age 64) U.S. House
Bernalillo County Commission
State Secretary of Health
January 1, 2019 2027 (term limits)
New York (list) Photographic portrait of Kathy Hochul Hochul, KathyKathy Hochul Democratic (1958-08-27) August 27, 1958 (age 65) Lieutenant Governor
U.S. House
Erie County Clerk
August 24, 2021 2026
North Carolina (list) Photographic portrait of Roy Cooper Cooper, RoyRoy Cooper Democratic (1957-06-13) June 13, 1957 (age 67) State Attorney General
Majority Leader of the North Carolina Senate
North Carolina House
January 1, 2017 2025 (term limits)
North Dakota (list) Photographic portrait of Doug Burgum Burgum, DougDoug Burgum Republican (1956-08-01) August 1, 1956 (age 67) No prior public experience December 15, 2016 2024 (retiring)
Ohio (list) Photographic portrait of Mike DeWine DeWine, MikeMike DeWine Republican (1947-01-05) January 5, 1947 (age 77) State Attorney General
U.S. Senate
Lieutenant Governor
U.S. House
Ohio Senate
Greene County Prosecutor
January 14, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Oklahoma (list) Photographic portrait of Kevin Stitt Stitt, KevinKevin Stitt Republican (1972-12-28) December 28, 1972 (age 51) No prior public experience January 14, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Oregon (list) Photographic portrait of Tina Kotek Kotek, TinaTina Kotek Democratic (1966-09-30) September 30, 1966 (age 57) Speaker of the Oregon House January 9, 2023 2027
Pennsylvania (list) Photographic portrait of Josh Shapiro Shapiro, JoshJosh Shapiro Democratic (1973-06-20) June 20, 1973 (age 50) State Attorney General
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners
Pennsylvania House
January 17, 2023 2027
Rhode Island (list) Photographic portrait of Dan McKee McKee, DanDan McKee Democratic (1951-06-16) June 16, 1951 (age 72) Lieutenant Governor
Mayor of Cumberland
Cumberland Town Council
March 2, 2021 2027
South Carolina (list) Photographic portrait of Henry McMaster McMaster, HenryHenry McMaster Republican (1947-05-27) May 27, 1947 (age 77) Lieutenant Governor
State Attorney General
State Republican Party Chair
U.S. Attorney
January 24, 2017 2027 (term limits)
South Dakota (list) Photographic portrait of Kristi Noem Noem, KristiKristi Noem Republican (1971-11-30) November 30, 1971 (age 52) U.S. House
South Dakota House
January 5, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Tennessee (list) Photographic portrait of Bill Lee Lee, BillBill Lee Republican (1959-10-09) October 9, 1959 (age 64) No prior public experience January 19, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Texas (list) Photographic portrait of Greg Abbott Abbott, GregGreg Abbott Republican (1957-11-13) November 13, 1957 (age 66) State Attorney General
Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
January 20, 2015 2027
Utah (list) Photographic portrait of Spencer Cox Cox, SpencerSpencer Cox Republican (1975-07-11) July 11, 1975 (age 48) Lieutenant Governor
Utah House
Sanpete County Commission
Mayor of Fairview
January 4, 2021 2025
Vermont (list) Photographic portrait of Phil Scott Scott, PhilPhil Scott Republican (1958-08-04) August 4, 1958 (age 65) Lieutenant Governor
Vermont Senate
January 5, 2017 2025
Virginia (list) Photographic portrait of Glenn Youngkin Youngkin, GlennGlenn Youngkin Republican (1966-12-09) December 9, 1966 (age 57) No prior public experience January 15, 2022 2026 (term limits)
Washington (list) Photographic portrait of Jay Inslee Inslee, JayJay Inslee Democratic (1951-02-09) February 9, 1951 (age 73) U.S. House
Washington House
January 16, 2013 2025 (retiring)
West Virginia (list) Photographic portrait of Jim Justice Justice, JimJim Justice Republican
(1951-04-27) April 27, 1951 (age 73) No prior public experience January 16, 2017 2025 (term limits)
Wisconsin (list) Photographic portrait of Tony Evers Evers, TonyTony Evers Democratic (1951-11-05) November 5, 1951 (age 72) State Superintendent of Public Instruction January 7, 2019 2027
Wyoming (list) Photographic portrait of Mark Gordon Gordon, MarkMark Gordon Republican (1957-03-14) March 14, 1957 (age 67) State Treasurer January 7, 2019 2027 (term limits)

Territory governors

Current territorial governors of the United States
Territory governors

      Democratic (4)       Independent (1)       New Progressive (1)

Territory Image Governor Party Born Prior public experience Inauguration End of term
American Samoa (list) Photographic portrait of Lemanu Peleti Mauga Mauga, Lemanu PeletiLemanu Peleti Mauga Democratic
(1960-01-03) January 3, 1960 (age 64) Lieutenant Governor
American Samoa Senate
Major in the United States Army
January 3, 2021 2025
Guam (list) Photographic portrait of Lou Leon Guerrero Guerrero, Lou LeonLou Leon Guerrero Democratic (1950-11-08) November 8, 1950 (age 73) Guam Legislature January 7, 2019 2027 (term limits)
Northern Mariana Islands (list) Photographic portrait of Arnold Palacios Palacios, ArnoldArnold Palacios Independent (1955-08-22) August 22, 1955 (age 68) Lieutenant Governor
President of the CNMI Senate
Speaker of the CNMI House
January 9, 2023 2027
Puerto Rico (list) Photographic portrait of Pedro R. Pierluisi Pierluisi, PedroPedro Pierluisi New Progressive (1959-04-25) April 25, 1959 (age 65) U.S. House
Territorial Secretary of Justice
January 2, 2021 2025
U.S. Virgin Islands (list) Photographic portrait of Albert Bryan Bryan, AlbertAlbert Bryan Democratic (1968-02-21) February 21, 1968 (age 56) Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor January 7, 2019 2027 (term limits)

Federal district mayor

The District of Columbia is a federal district that elects a mayor that has similar powers to those of a state or territorial governor. From 1871 to 1874, the district had a governor that was appointed by the President of the United States.

Current federal district mayors of the United States
Federal district mayor

      Democratic (1)

Federal district Image Mayor Party Born Prior public experience Inauguration End of term
District of Columbia (list) Photographic portrait of Muriel Bowser Bowser, MurielMuriel Bowser Democratic (1972-08-02) August 2, 1972 (age 51) D.C. Council
Advisory Neighborhood Commission
January 2, 2015 2027

See also

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