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Governor of Nevada
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Incumbent
Jim Gibbons

since January 1, 2007
Style The Honorable
Inaugural holder James W. Nye
1864
Formation Constitution 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 elected on the same ticket as the governor and serves as president of the Nevada Senate.[9]

The only governor of the Nevada Territory was James W. Nye, a Republican who served from 1861 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 December 5, 1864.

There have been 28 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 Jim Gibbons, who took office January 1, 2007; his current term will expire in January 2011.

Contents

List of Governors

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       Free Silver       Republican

# Picture Governor Party Took office Left office Term Lt. Governor Notes
  No image.svg James W. Nye (acting) Republican October 31, 1864 December 5, 1864
1   Henry G. Blasdel Henry G. Blasdel Republican December 5, 1864 January 2, 1871 1 J.S. Crosman
2 James S. Slingerland
2   Lewis R. Bradley Lewis R. Bradley Democratic January 2, 1871 January 6, 1879 3 Frank Denver
4 Jewett W. Adams
3   John H. Kinkead John H. Kinkead Republican January 6, 1879 January 1, 1883 5
4   No image.svg Jewett W. Adams Democratic January 1, 1883 January 3, 1887 6 Charles E. Laughton
5   No image.svg Charles C. Stevenson Republican January 3, 1887 September 21, 1890 7 Henry C. Davis[N 1] [N 1]
Samuel W. Chubbuck[N 2]
Frank Bell
6   No image.svg Frank Bell Republican September 21, 1890 January 5, 1891 [N 3]
7   No image.svg Roswell K. Colcord Republican January 5, 1891 January 7, 1895 8 Joseph Poujade
8   John E. Jones John E. Jones Silver January 7, 1895 April 10, 1896 9 Reinhold Sadler [N 1]
9   No image.svg Reinhold Sadler Silver April 10, 1896 January 5, 1903 [N 4]
10 James R. Judge
10   No image.svg John Sparks Silver-Democratic January 5, 1903 May 22, 1908 11 Lemuel Allen [N 1]
12 Denver S. Dickerson
11   No image.svg Denver S. Dickerson Silver-Democratic May 22, 1908 January 2, 1911 [N 3]
12   Tasker L. Oddie Tasker L. Oddie Republican January 2, 1911 January 4, 1915 13 Gilbert C. Ross
13   No image.svg Emmet D. Boyle Democratic January 4, 1915 January 1, 1923 14 Maurice J. Sullivan
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14   James G. Scrugham James G. Scrugham Democratic January 1, 1923 January 3, 1927 16
15   No image.svg Fred B. Balzar Republican January 3, 1927 March 21, 1934 17 Morley Griswold [N 1]
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16   No image.svg Morley Griswold Republican March 21, 1934 January 7, 1935 [N 3]
17   No image.svg Richard Kirman, Sr. Democratic January 7, 1935 January 2, 1939 19 Fred S. Alward
18   No image.svg Edward P. Carville Democratic January 2, 1939 July 24, 1945 20 Maurice J. Sullivan [N 5]
21 Vail M. Pittman
19   No image.svg Vail M. Pittman Democratic July 24, 1945 January 1, 1951 [N 4]
22 Clifford A. Jones
20   No image.svg Charles H. Russell Republican January 1, 1951 January 5, 1959 23
24 Rex Bell[N 1]
21   No image.svg Grant Sawyer Democratic January 5, 1959 January 2, 1967 25
Maude Frazier
26 Paul Laxalt
22   Paul Laxalt Paul Laxalt Republican January 2, 1967 January 4, 1971 27 Edward Fike
23   No image.svg Mike O'Callaghan Democratic January 4, 1971 January 1, 1979 28 Harry Reid
29 Robert E. Rose
24   No image.svg Robert List Republican January 1, 1979 January 3, 1983 30 Myron E. Leavitt
25   Richard Hudson Bryan Richard Hudson Bryan Democratic January 3, 1983 January 3, 1989 31 Bob Cashell [N 5]
32 Bob Miller
26   Bob Miller Bob Miller Democratic January 3, 1989 January 4, 1999
33 Sue Wagner
34 Lonnie Hammargren
27   Kenny Guinn Republican January 4, 1999 January 1, 2007 35 Lorraine Hunt
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28   Jim Gibbons Jim Gibbons Republican January 1, 2007 Incumbent 37 Brian Krolicki [N 6]

Other high offices held

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

Name Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
James W. Nye 1861–1864 (territorial) S
John Henry Kinkead 1879–1883 Governor of District of Alaska
Tasker Oddie 1911–1915 S
James G. Scrugham 1923–1927 H S
Edward P. Carville 1939–1945 S*
Charles H. Russell 1951–1959 H
Paul Laxalt 1969–1971 S
Richard Bryan 1983–1989 S
Jim Gibbons 2007–present H

* denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Living former governors

As of December 2009, five former governors are alive, the oldest being Paul Laxalt (1967–1971, born 1922). The most recent governor to die was Mike O'Callaghan (1971–1979), on March 5, 2004.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Paul Laxalt 1967–1971 August 2, 1922 (1922-08-02) (age 87)
Robert List 1979–1983 September 1, 1936 (1936-09-01) (age 73)
Richard Bryan 1983–1989 July 16, 1937 (1937-07-16) (age 72)
Bob Miller 1989–1999 March 30, 1945 (1945-03-30) (age 64)
Kenny Guinn 1999–2007 August 24, 1936 (1936-08-24) (age 73)

Notes

  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. ^ a b Resigned to take an appointed seat in the United States Senate.
  6. ^ Governor Gibbons' first term expires in 2011; he is not yet term limited.

References

General
Constitutions
Specific
  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. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 17.
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