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Governor of Washington
Flag of Washington.svg
Flag of the State of Washington
Incumbent
Christine Gregoire

since January 12, 2005
Style The Honorable
Residence Washington Governor's Mansion
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Elisha P. Ferry
Formation November 11, 1889
Constitution of Washington
Website http://www.governor.wa.gov]

This is a list of governors of the U.S. state of Washington. Washington is one of only 11 states in which gubernatorial elections occur the same years as presidential elections. In most states, gubernatorial elections occur in even-numbered years that are not presidential election years (years like 2002 or 2006, which are even-numbered but not evenly divisble by 4). Presidential elections occur in every year that is evenly divisible by 4, like 2004 or 2008. Five states hold elections in odd numbered years, two states, New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in which governors have two year terms. Elections in these states occur every even numbered year. There is no limit on the number of terms a governor may serve.

Contents

List of Washington Territory governors (1853-1889)

# Name Image Took office Left office Party
1 Isaac Stevens Isaacstevens.jpg 1853 1857 Democratic
2 LaFayette McMullen LMcMullen2.jpg 1857 1859 Democratic
3 Richard D. Gholson 1859 1861 Democratic
4 William H. Wallace WHWallace.jpg 1861 1861 Republican
5 William Pickering William Pickering.jpg 1862 1866 Republican
6 George E. Cole 1866 1867 Democratic
7 Marshall F. Moore MFMoore.jpg 1867 1869 Republican
8 Alvan Flanders Flanders.jpg 1869 1870 Republican
9 Edward Selig Salomon Edward Selig Salomon.gif 1870 1872 Republican
10 Elisha Peyre Ferry Elisha Ferry-1872.jpg 1872 1880 Republican
11 William Augustus Newell WANewell.jpg 1880 1884 Republican
12 Watson Carvasso Squire WCSquire.jpg 1884 1887 Republican
13 Eugene Semple ESemple.jpg 1887 1889 Democratic
14 Miles Conway Moore MCMoore.jpg 1889 1889 Republican

List of Washington State governors (1889-present)

# Name Image Took office Left office Party Notes
1 Elisha Peyre Ferry Elisha Ferry-1872.jpg November 11, 1889 January 9, 1893 Republican
2 John McGraw John McGraw 1890.jpg January 9, 1893 January 11, 1897 Republican
3 John Rogers John Rankin Rogers.jpg January 11, 1897 December 26, 1901 Democratic [1][2]
Populist
4 Henry McBride Mcbride.jpg December 26, 1901 January 9, 1905 Republican [3]
5 Albert E. Mead AEMead.jpg January 9, 1905 January 27, 1909 Republican
6 Samuel G. Cosgrove January 27, 1909 March 28, 1909 Republican [2]
7 Marion E. Hay MEHay.jpg March 28, 1909 January 11, 1913 Republican [3]
8 Ernest Lister ELister.jpg January 11, 1913 June 14, 1919 Democratic [2]
9 Louis Folwell Hart June 14, 1919 January 12, 1925 Republican [4]
10 Roland H. Hartley January 12, 1925 January 9, 1933 Republican
11 Clarence D. Martin January 9, 1933 January 13, 1941 Democratic
12 Arthur B. Langlie January 13, 1941 January 8, 1945 Republican
13 Monrad C. Wallgren Monrad Charles Wallgren.jpg January 8, 1945 January 12, 1949 Democratic
14 Arthur B. Langlie January 12, 1949 January 14, 1957 Republican
15 Albert D. Rosellini January 14, 1957 January 11, 1965 Democratic
16 Daniel J. Evans DanielJEvans.jpg January 11, 1965 January 12, 1977 Republican
17 Dixy Lee Ray January 12, 1977 January 14, 1981 Democratic
18 John D. Spellman JohnDSpellman.jpg January 14, 1981 January 16, 1985 Republican
19 Booth Gardner Booth Gardner WA Guard.jpg January 16, 1985 January 13, 1993 Democratic
20 Mike Lowry MikeLowry.png January 13, 1993 January 15, 1997 Democratic
21 Gary Locke Gary Locke official portrait.jpg January 15, 1997 January 12, 2005 Democratic
22 Christine Gregoire Gregoire at rally in Langley 2008.jpg January 12, 2005 Incumbent Democratic
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Notes

  1. ^ Was elected as a Democrat for his first term, and a Populist for his second.
  2. ^ a b c Died in office.
  3. ^ a b As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  4. ^ As lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.

Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Washington except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Name Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Arthur B. Langlie January 13, 1941 – January 8, 1945 Mayor of Seattle
Monrad Wallgren 1945-1949 S
Daniel J. Evans January 11, 1965 – January 12, 1977 S
Dixy Lee Ray 1977 – 1981 United States Atomic Energy Commission Chair
Booth Gardner 1985 – 1993 Chairman of the National Governors Association
Gary Locke January 15, 1997 – January 12, 2005 United States Secretary of Commerce, King County Executive
Chris Gregoire January 12, 2005 Attorney General of Washington

Living former governors

As of November 2008, six former governors were alive. The most recent former governor to die was Dixy Lee Ray (1977–1981), on January 2, 1994.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Albert D. Rosellini 1957–1965 January 21, 1910 (1910-01-21) (age 100)
Daniel J. Evans 1965–1977 October 16, 1925 (1925-10-16) (age 84)
John D. Spellman 1981–1985 December 29, 1926 (1926-12-29) (age 83)
Booth Gardner 1985–1993 August 21, 1936 (1936-08-21) (age 73)
Mike Lowry 1993–1997 March 8, 1939 (1939-03-08) (age 71)
Gary Locke 1997–2005 January 21, 1950 (1950-01-21) (age 60)

Further reading

  • Meany, Edmond S (1915). Governors of Washington : territorial and state. University of Washington. Available online through the Washington State Library's Classics in Washington History collection Includes: Territorial governors: Isaac Ingalls Stevens -- Fayette McMullin -- Richard D. Gholson -- William H. Wallace -- William Pickering -- George E. Cole -- Marshall F. Moore -- Alvan Flanders -- Edward S. Salomon -- Elisha Peyre Ferry -- William Augustus Newell -- Watson Carvossa Squire -- Eugene Semple -- Miles Conway Moore. State governors: Elisha Peyre Ferry -- John Harte McGraw -- John Rankin Rogers -- Henry McBride -- Albert Edward Mead -- Samuel Goodlove Cosgrove -- Marion E. Hay -- Ernest Lister

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