List of Governors of Nevada

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Governor of Nevada
Standard Governor of Nevada.svg
Brian Sandoval and Harry Reid.jpg
Incumbent
Brian Sandoval

since January 3, 2011
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceNevada Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderJames W. Nye
1864
FormationConstitution of Nevada
 
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Governor of Nevada
Standard Governor of Nevada.svg
Brian Sandoval and Harry Reid.jpg
Incumbent
Brian Sandoval

since January 3, 2011
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceNevada Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderJames W. Nye
1864
FormationConstitution of Nevada

The Governor of Nevada is the chief magistrate of the U.S. state of Nevada,[1] the head of the executive department of the state's government[1] and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[2] The governor has a duty to enforce state laws,[3] and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Nevada Legislature,[4] to convene the legislature at any time,[5] and, except in cases of treason or impeachment, to grant pardons and reprieves.[6]

The governor has a four-year term.[7] To be elected governor, a person must be at least 25 years old, and must have been a citizen of Nevada for at least two years, at the time of election.[8] The lieutenant governor is not elected on the same ticket as the governor.

History[edit]

The first provisional governor of the proposed Territory of Nevada was Whig Isaac Roop, who was elected in September 1859 and took office on December 15 of that year in Genoa.[9] When the territory was incorporated on March 2, 1861, Republican James W. Nye was appointed Territorial Governor by President Abraham Lincoln and served until statehood in 1864. Mark Twain's brother Orion Clemens served as Territorial Secretary to Nye. Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864, and Nye remained acting governor until the first governor, Henry G. Blasdel, took office on December 5, 1864.

There have been 29 governors of the state. The longest-serving governor was Bob Miller, who served two and a half terms from 1989 to 1999. The shortest-serving governor was acting governor Frank Bell, who served the remaining four months of Charles C. Stevenson's term upon the governor's death. The current governor is Republican Brian Sandoval, who took office on January 3, 2011.

List of Governors[edit]

Prior to becoming a territory, parts of Nevada were part of Utah Territory and New Mexico Territory; see List of Governors of Utah and List of Governors of New Mexico.

      Democratic (13)       Silver (4)       Republican (15)       Whig (1)

#PictureGovernorPartyTerm startTerm endTermLt. GovernorNotes
 Isaac Roop 1869.jpgIsaac Roop (provisional)WhigDecember 15, 1859March 2, 1861
 James W. Nye - Brady-Handy.jpgJames W. Nye (territorial)RepublicanMarch 2, 1861December 5, 1864
1 Henry Goode Blasdel.jpgHenry G. BlasdelRepublicanDecember 5, 1864January 2, 18711John S. Crosman
2James S. Slingerland
2 Lewis Rice Bradley.jpgLewis R. BradleyDemocraticJanuary 2, 1871January 6, 18793Frank Denver
Pressly C. Hyman (acting)
4Jewett W. Adams
3 John Henry Kinkead.gifJohn H. KinkeadRepublicanJanuary 6, 1879January 1, 1883
4 Adams.jpegJewett W. AdamsDemocraticJanuary 1, 1883January 3, 18875Charles E. Laughton
5 Stevenson.jpegCharles C. StevensonRepublicanJanuary 3, 1887September 21, 18906Henry C. Davis[N 1][N 1]
7Samuel W. Chubbuck[N 2]
8Frank Bell
6 No image.svgFrank BellRepublicanSeptember 21, 1890January 5, 1891[N 3]
7 Roswell K. Colcord.jpgRoswell K. ColcordRepublicanJanuary 5, 1891January 7, 18959Joseph Poujade
8 Jones.jpegJohn E. JonesSilverJanuary 7, 1895April 10, 189610Reinhold Sadler[N 1]
9 Sadler.jpegReinhold SadlerSilverApril 10, 1896January 5, 1903[N 4]
11James R. Judge
10 JohnSparks.jpgJohn SparksSilver-DemocraticJanuary 5, 1903May 22, 190812Lemuel Allen[N 1]
13Denver S. Dickerson
11 Denver Sylvester Dickerson.jpgDenver S. DickersonSilver-DemocraticMay 22, 1908January 2, 1911[N 3]
12 Senator Tasker Oddie.jpgTasker L. OddieRepublicanJanuary 2, 1911January 4, 191514Gilbert C. Ross
13 Emmet D. Boyle.jpgEmmet D. BoyleDemocraticJanuary 4, 1915January 1, 192315Maurice J. Sullivan
14 No image.svgJames G. ScrughamDemocraticJanuary 1, 1923January 3, 1927
15 No image.svgFred B. BalzarRepublicanJanuary 3, 1927March 21, 193416Morley Griswold[N 1]
16 No image.svgMorley GriswoldRepublicanMarch 21, 1934January 7, 1935[N 3]
17 No image.svgRichard Kirman, Sr.DemocraticJanuary 7, 1935January 2, 193917Fred S. Alward
18 Edward P. CarvilleDemocraticJanuary 2, 1939July 24, 194518Maurice J. Sullivan[N 5]
19Vail M. Pittman
19 No image.svgVail M. PittmanDemocraticJuly 24, 1945January 1, 1951[N 4]
20Clifford A. Jones
20 No image.svgCharles H. RussellRepublicanJanuary 1, 1951January 5, 1959 
21Rex Bell[N 1]
21 Grant Sawyer.jpgGrant SawyerDemocraticJanuary 5, 1959January 2, 196722Maude Frazier
23Paul Laxalt
22 Paul Laxalt (colorized).jpgPaul LaxaltRepublicanJanuary 2, 1967January 4, 197124Edward Fike
23 Mike O'Callaghan.jpgMike O'CallaghanDemocraticJanuary 4, 1971January 1, 197925Harry Reid
26Robert E. Rose
24 Robert List in 2010.jpgRobert ListRepublicanJanuary 1, 1979January 3, 198327Myron E. Leavitt
25 Richard Bryan (colorized).jpgRichard BryanDemocraticJanuary 3, 1983January 3, 198928Bob Cashell[N 6]
29Bob Miller
26 Bob Miller (colorized).jpgBob Miller (1945- )DemocraticJanuary 3, 1989January 4, 1999
30Sue Wagner
31Lonnie Hammargren
27 Kenny Guinn.jpgKenny Guinn (1936-2010)RepublicanJanuary 4, 1999January 1, 200732Lorraine Hunt
28 Jimgibbons.jpgJim Gibbons (1944- )RepublicanJanuary 1, 2007January 3, 201133Brian Krolicki
29 Brian Sandoval and Harry Reid.jpgBrian SandovalRepublicanJanuary 3, 2011Incumbent[N 7]
  1. ^ a b c d e f Died in office.
  2. ^ Resigned.
  3. ^ a b c As lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  4. ^ a b As lieutenant governor, acted as governor for unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
  5. ^ Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.
  6. ^ Resigned after being elected to the United States Senate.
  7. ^ Governor Brian Sandoval's first term expires on January 5, 2015; he is not yet term limited.

Other high offices held[edit]

This is a table of congressional and other offices held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Nevada.

NameGubernatorial termU.S. CongressOther offices held
HouseSenate
James W. Nye1861–1864 (territorial)S
John Henry Kinkead1879–1883Governor of District of Alaska
Tasker Oddie1911–1915S
James G. Scrugham1923–1927HS
Edward P. Carville1939–1945S*
Charles H. Russell1951–1959H
Paul Laxalt1967–1971S
Richard Bryan1983–1989S*Attorney General of Nevada
Jim Gibbons2007–2011H
Brian Sandoval2011–presentAttorney General of Nevada

* denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Living former governors[edit]

As of September 2014, five former governors are alive, the oldest being Paul Laxalt (1967–1971, born 1922). The most recent governor to die was Kenny Guinn (1999–2007), on July 22, 2010; he is also the most recently serving governor of any US state to have died.

NameGubernatorial termDate of birth
Paul Laxalt1967–1971(1922-08-02) August 2, 1922 (age 92)
Robert List1979–1983(1936-09-01) September 1, 1936 (age 78)
Richard Bryan1983–1989(1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 77)
Bob Miller1989–1999(1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 69)
Jim Gibbons2007–2011(1944-12-16) December 16, 1944 (age 69)

Electoral History of Nevada's Governors[edit]

Nevada gubernatorial election, 1864
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanHenry G. Blasdel9,83459.69%
DemocraticD. E. Buell6,55239.77%
Undervote890.54%
Totals16,475100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1866
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanHenry G. Blasdel (inc.)5,12555.27%
DemocraticJohn D. Winters4,10522.27%
Undervote430.46%
Totals9,273100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1870
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticLewis R. Bradley7,20053.83%
RepublicanF.A. Tritle6,14845.97%
Undervote270.20%
Totals13,375100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1874
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticLewis R. Bradley (inc.)10,31056.98%
RepublicanJ.C. Hazlett7,78543.02%
Totals9,273100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1878
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJohn Henry Kinkead9,74751.24%
DemocraticLewis R. Bradley (inc.)9,25248.64%
Undervote230.12%
Totals19,022100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1882
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticJewett W. Adams7,77054.11%
RepublicanEnoch Strother6,53545.52%
Undervote540.37%
Totals14,359100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1886
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanCharles C. Stevenson6,46352.23%
DemocraticJewett W. Adams (inc.)5,86947.43%
Undervote420.34%
Totals12,374100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1890
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRoswell K. Colcord6,60153.20%
DemocraticTheodore Winters5,79146.67%
Undervote160.13%
Totals19,022100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1894
PartyCandidateVotes%
SilverJohn E. Jones5,22349.87%
RepublicanA. C. Cleveland3,86136.87%
PopulistGeorge E. Peckham7116.79%
DemocraticTheodore Winters6786.47%
Totals10,473100%
Silver win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1898
PartyCandidateVotes%
SilverReinhold Sadler (inc.)3,57035.67%
RepublicanWilliam McMillan3,54835.45%
DemocraticGeorge Russell2,05720.55%
PopulistJ.B. McCullough8338.82%
Totals10,008100%
Silver hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1902
PartyCandidateVotes%
SilverJohn Sparks6,54057.78%
RepublicanA.C. Cleveland4,77842.22%
Totals11,318100%
Silver win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1906
PartyCandidateVotes%
SilverJohn Sparks (inc.)8,68658.64%
RepublicanJames F. Mitchell5,33635.96%
SocialistThomas B. Casey8155.49%
Totals14,837100%
Silver hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1910
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanTasker Oddie10,43550.59%
DemocraticDenver S. Dickerson (inc.)8,79842.65%
SocialistHenry F. Gegax1,3936.75%
Totals20,626100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1914
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticEmmet D. Boyle9,62344.62%
RepublicanTasker Oddie (inc.)8,53739.58%
SocialistW.A. Morgan3,39115.72%
Undervote160.07%
Totals21,567100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1918
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticEmmet D. Boyle (inc.)12,87550.37%
RepublicanTasker Oddie11,84546.37%
Undervote8433.26%
Totals25,563100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1922
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticJames G. Scrugham15,43753.28%
RepublicanJohn H. Miller12,08441.71%
Undervote14505.01%
Totals28,971100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1926
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanFred B. Balzar16,37452.40%
DemocraticJames G. Scrugham (inc.)14,52146.47%
Undervote3511.12%
Totals31,246100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1930
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanFred B. Balzar (inc.)18,44253.25%
DemocraticC. L. Richards16,19246.75%
Totals34,634100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1934
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticRichard Kirman, Sr.23,08853.94%
RepublicanMorley Griswold (inc.)14,77835.52%
IndependentLindley C. Branson4,94011.54%
Totals42,806100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1938
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticEdward P. Carville28,52861.37%
RepublicanJohn Fulton17,58637.83%
Undervote3700.80%
Totals46,484100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1942
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticEdward P. Carville (inc.)24,50560.25%
RepublicanA.V. Tallman16,16439.75%
Totals40,669100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1946
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticVail M. Pittman (inc.)28,65557.42%
RepublicanM. E. Jepson21,24742.58%
Totals49,902100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1950
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanCharles H. Russell35,60957.64%
DemocraticVail M. Pittman (inc.)26,16442.36%
Totals61,773100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1954
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanCharles H. Russell (inc.)41,66553.10%
DemocraticVail M. Pittman36,79746.90%
Totals78,462100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1958
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticGrant Sawyer50,86459.92%
RepublicanCharles H. Russell (inc.)34,02540.08%
Totals84,889100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1962
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticGrant Sawyer (inc.)64,78466.66%
RepublicanOran K. Gragson32,14533.07%
Undervote2630.27%
Totals97,192100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1966
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanPaul Laxalt71,80752.16%
DemocraticGrant Sawyer (inc.)65,87047.84%
Totals137,677100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1970
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticMike O'Callaghan70,69747.84%
RepublicanEdward Fike64,40043.58%
Independent AmericanD. M. Hansen5,4153.66%
IndependentC. E. Springer6,4794.39%
Undervote7770.53%
Totals147,768100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1974
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticMike O'Callaghan (inc.)114,11467.34%
RepublicanShirley Crumpler28,95917.09%
Independent AmericanJ.R. Houston26,25815.49%
Undervote1420.08%
Totals169,473100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1978
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRobert List108,09756.17%
DemocraticRobert E. Rose76,36139.68%
None of These Candidates10,1215.25%
Independent AmericanT. F. Jefferson3,2821.71%
LibertarianJ. Grayson, Jr.1,4870.77%
Totals192,445100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1982
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticRichard Bryan128,13253.30%
RepublicanRobert List (inc.)100,10441.64%
None of These Candidates6,8942.87%
LibertarianDan Becan4,6211.92%
Undervotes6430.27%
Totals240,394100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1986
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticRichard Bryan (inc.)187,26871.49%
RepublicanPatricia Cafferata65,08124.85%
None of These Candidates5,4712.09%
LibertarianLou Tomburello2,5550.98%
Undervotes1,5570.59%
Totals261,932100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1990
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticBob Miller (inc.)207,87864.81%
RepublicanJim Gallaway95,78929.86%
None of These Candidates9,0172.81%
LibertarianJames Frye8,0592.52%
Totals320,743100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1994
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticBob Miller (inc.)200,02653.93%
RepublicanJim Gibbons156,87542.30%
Independent AmericanDaniel Hansen10,0122.70%
None of These Candidates3,9781.07%
Totals370,891100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1998
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanKenny Guinn223,89253.18%
DemocraticJan Laverty Jones182,28143.30%
Independent AmericanChuck Horne7,5091.78%
LibertarianTerry C. Savage7,3071.74%
Totals420,989100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2002[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanKenny Guinn (inc.)344,00168.24%
DemocraticJoe Neal110,93522.01%
None of These Candidates23,6744.70%
LibertarianDick Geyer8,1041.61%
Independent AmericanDavid G. Holmgren7,0471.40%
IndependentJerry L. Norton5,5431.10%
GreenCharles Laws4,7750.95%
Voter turnout100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2006[11]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJim Gibbons279,00347.93%
DemocraticDina Titus255,68443.92%
None of These Candidates20,6993.56%
Independent AmericanChristopher H. Hansen20,0193.44%
GreenCraig Bergland6,7531.16%
Voter turnout100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010[12]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanBrian Sandoval382,35053.36%
DemocraticRory Reid298,17141.61%
None of These Candidates12,2311.71%
IndependentGino DiSimone6,4030.89%
Independent AmericanFloyd Fitzgibbons5,0490.70%
LibertarianArthur Forest Lampitt, Jr.4,6720.65%
GreenDavid Scott Curtis4,4370.62%
IndependentAaron Y. Honig3,2160.45%
Voter turnout100%
Republican win (new seat)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b NV Const. art. V, § 1.
  2. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 5.
  3. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 7.
  4. ^ NV Const. art. IV, § 35.
  5. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 9.
  6. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 13.
  7. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 2.
  8. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 3.
  9. ^ Bruce, A. T. (October 16, 1937). "An Editorial Estimate Seventy Years Ago 1886". Lassen Advocate. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Elections Results: Official 2002 General Election Results". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  11. ^ "nvsos.gov". nvsos.gov. 2006-09-08. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  12. ^ "2010 Unofficial Statewide General Election Coverage and Reports". Nvsos.gov. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

References[edit]

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