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Governor of Nevada
Seal of Nevada
Standard of the governor of Nevada
Incumbent
Joe Lombardo
since January 2, 2023
Government of Nevada
Style
StatusHead of state
Head of government
ResidenceNevada Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Nevada
PrecursorGovernor of the Nevada Territory
Inaugural holderHenry G. Blasdel
FormationDecember 5, 1864
(159 years ago)
 (1864-12-05)
DeputyLieutenant Governor of Nevada
Salary$149,730 (2015)[1]
Websitegov.nv.gov

The governor of Nevada is the head of government of the U.S. state of Nevada.[2] The governor is the head of the executive branch of the Nevada state government. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[3] The governor has a duty to enforce state laws[4] and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Nevada Legislature,[5] to convene the legislature at any time,[6] as well as, except in cases of treason or impeachment, to grant pardons and reprieves.[7]

The governor serves a four-year term.[8] An amendment in 1970 limits them to two terms, even if they are non-consecutive.[9] The lieutenant governor of Nevada is not elected on the same ticket as the governor. Should there be a vacancy in the office of governor, the powers devolve onto the lieutenant governor.

The current governor is Republican Joe Lombardo, who took office on January 2, 2023.

Governor of the Territory of Nevada[edit]

Nevada Territory was formed on March 2, 1861, from Utah Territory.[10] It had only one governor appointed by the president of the United States before it became a state.

Before it was organized as a territory, a local convention in Genoa elected Isaac Roop provisional governor, taking office on December 15, 1859.[11]

Governor of the Territory of Nevada
No. Governor Term in office Appointed by
1 James W. Nye
(1815–1876)
[12][13]
March 22, 1861[a]

December 5, 1864
(statehood)
Abraham Lincoln

Governors of the State of Nevada[edit]

Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864.[16] There have been thirty governors since. The longest-serving governor was Bob Miller, who served two and a half terms from 1989 to 1999; the shortest-serving governor was Frank Bell, who acted as governor for the remaining four months of Charles C. Stevenson's term upon the governor's death. The current governor is Joe Lombardo, who took office on January 2, 2023.

Governors of the State of Nevada
No. Governor Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor[b]
1   Henry G. Blasdel
(1825–1900)
[17][18]
December 5, 1864[19]

January 2, 1871
(did not run)
Republican[20] 1864   John S. Crosman
1866 James S. Slingerland
2 Lewis R. Bradley
(1805–1879)
[21][22]
January 2, 1871[23]

January 7, 1879
(lost election)
Democratic[20] 1870 Frank Denver
1874 Jewett W. Adams[c]
3 John Henry Kinkead
(1826–1904)
[24][25]
January 7, 1879[26]

January 1, 1883
(did not run)
Republican[20] 1878
4 Jewett W. Adams
(1835–1920)
[27][28]
January 1, 1883[29]

January 3, 1887
(lost election)
Democratic[20] 1882 Charles E. Laughton[d]
5 Charles C. Stevenson
(1826–1890)
[30][31]
January 3, 1887[32]

September 21, 1890
(died in office)
Republican[20] 1886 Henry C. Davis
(died)
Samuel W. Chubbuck
(resigned)
Frank Bell
6 Frank Bell
(1840–1927)
[33][34]
September 21, 1890[35]

January 5, 1891
(did not run)
Republican[20] Lieutenant
governor
acting
Acting as governor
7 Roswell K. Colcord
(1839–1939)
[36][37]
January 5, 1891[38]

January 8, 1895
(did not run)
Republican[20] 1890 Joseph Poujade
8 John Edward Jones
(1840–1896)
[39][40]
January 8, 1895[41]

April 10, 1896
(died in office)
Silver[20] 1894 Reinhold Sadler
9 Reinhold Sadler
(1848–1906)
[42][43]
April 10, 1896[44]

January 5, 1903
(did not run)
Silver[20] Lieutenant
governor
acting
Acting as governor
1898 James R. Judge
10 John Sparks
(1843–1908)
[45][46]
January 5, 1903[47]

May 22, 1908
(died in office)
Silver-
Democratic
[20]
1902 Lemuel Allen
1906 Denver S. Dickerson
11 Denver S. Dickerson
(1872–1925)
[48][49]
May 22, 1908[50]

January 2, 1911
(lost election)
Silver-
Democratic
[20]
Lieutenant
governor
acting
Acting as governor
12 Tasker Oddie
(1870–1950)
[51][52]
January 2, 1911[53]

January 4, 1915
(lost election)
Republican[20] 1910 Gilbert C. Ross[c]
13 Emmet D. Boyle
(1879–1926)
[54][55]
January 4, 1915[56]

January 1, 1923
(did not run)
Democratic[20] 1914 Maurice J. Sullivan
1918
14 James G. Scrugham
(1880–1945)
[57][58]
January 1, 1923[59]

January 3, 1927
(lost election)
Democratic[20] 1922
15 Fred B. Balzar
(1880–1934)
[60][61]
January 3, 1927[62]

March 21, 1934
(died in office)
Republican[20] 1926 Morley Griswold
1930
16 Morley Griswold
(1890–1951)
[63][64]
March 21, 1934[65]

January 7, 1935
(lost election)
Republican[20] Lieutenant
governor
acting
Acting as governor
17 Richard Kirman Sr.
(1877–1959)
[66][67]
January 7, 1935[68]

January 2, 1939
(did not run)
Democratic[20] 1934 Fred S. Alward
18 Edward P. Carville
(1885–1956)
[69][70]
January 2, 1939[71]

July 24, 1945
(resigned)[e]
Democratic[20] 1938 Maurice J. Sullivan
1942 Vail Pittman
19 Vail Pittman
(1880–1964)
[72][73]
July 24, 1945[74]

January 2, 1951
(lost election)
Democratic[20] Lieutenant
governor
acting
Acting as governor
1946 Clifford A. Jones[c]
20 Charles H. Russell
(1903–1989)
[75][76]
January 2, 1951[77]

January 5, 1959
(lost election)
Republican[20] 1950
1954 Rex Bell[d]
(died July 4, 1962)
21 Grant Sawyer
(1918–1996)
[78][79]
January 5, 1959[80]

January 2, 1967
(lost election)
Democratic[20] 1958
Maude Frazier
(appointed)
1962 Paul Laxalt[d]
22 Paul Laxalt
(1922–2018)
[81][82]
January 2, 1967[83]

January 4, 1971
(did not run)
Republican[20] 1966 Edward Fike
23 Mike O'Callaghan
(1929–2004)
[84][85]
January 4, 1971[86]

January 1, 1979
(term-limited)
Democratic[20] 1970 Harry Reid
1974 Robert E. Rose
24 Robert List
(b. 1936)
[87]
January 1, 1979[88]

January 3, 1983
(lost election)
Republican[87] 1978 Myron E. Leavitt[c]
25 Richard Bryan
(b. 1937)
[89]
January 3, 1983[90]

January 3, 1989
(resigned)[f]
Democratic[89] 1982 Bob Cashell
1986 Bob Miller
26 Bob Miller
(b. 1945)
[91]
January 3, 1989[92]

January 4, 1999
(term-limited)
Democratic[91] Lieutenant
governor
acting
Acting as governor
1990 Sue Wagner[d]
1994 Lonnie Hammargren[d]
27 Kenny Guinn
(1936–2010)
[93]
January 4, 1999[94]

January 1, 2007
(term-limited)
Republican[93] 1998 Lorraine Hunt
2002
28 Jim Gibbons
(b. 1944)
[95]
January 1, 2007[96]

January 3, 2011
(lost nomination)[g]
Republican[95] 2006 Brian Krolicki
29 Brian Sandoval
(b. 1963)
[97]
January 3, 2011[98]

January 7, 2019
(term-limited)
Republican[97] 2010
2014 Mark Hutchison
30 Steve Sisolak
(b. 1953)
[99]
January 7, 2019[100]

January 2, 2023
(lost election)
Democratic[99] 2018 Kate Marshall
(resigned September 17, 2021)
Vacant
Lisa Cano Burkhead
(appointed December 16, 2021)
31 Joe Lombardo
(b. 1962)
[101]
January 2, 2023[102]

Incumbent[h]
Republican[101] 2022 Stavros Anthony

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nye was nominated on March 20, 1861;[14] confirmed by the Senate on March 22;[15] and arrived in the territory on July 8.[12]
  2. ^ Lieutenant governors represented the same party as their governor unless noted.
  3. ^ a b c d Represented the Democratic Party
  4. ^ a b c d e Represented the Republican Party
  5. ^ Carville resigned so that his successor would appoint him to the United States Senate.[69]
  6. ^ Bryan resigned, having been elected to the United States Senate.[89]
  7. ^ Gibbons lost the Republican nomination to Brian Sandoval.
  8. ^ Lombardo's first term will expire January 4, 2027.

References[edit]

General
  • "Former Nevada Governors". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  • McMullin, Thomas A. (1984). Biographical directory of American territorial governors. Westport, CT : Meckler. ISBN 978-0-930466-11-4. Retrieved January 19, 2023.
  • Sobel, Robert (1978). Biographical directory of the governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. III. Meckler Books. ISBN 9780930466008. Retrieved March 25, 2023.
  • Kallenbach, Joseph Ernest (1977). American State Governors, 1776-1976. Oceana Publications. ISBN 978-0-379-00665-0. Retrieved September 23, 2023.
  • Glashan, Roy R. (1979). American Governors and Gubernatorial Elections, 1775-1978. Meckler Books. ISBN 978-0-930466-17-6.
  • "Our Campaigns - Governor of Nevada - History". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved July 25, 2023.
Specific
  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2015 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 1.
  3. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 5.
  4. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 7.
  5. ^ NV Const. art. IV, § 35.
  6. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 9.
  7. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 13.
  8. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 2
  9. ^ NV Const. art. V, § 3
  10. ^ 12 Stat. 209
  11. ^ Bruce, A. T. (October 16, 1937). "An Editorial Estimate Seventy Years Ago 1886". Lassen Advocate. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  12. ^ a b McMullin 1984, pp. 231–233.
  13. ^ "James Warren Nye". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  14. ^ U.S. Congress. Senate Exec. Journal. 37th Cong., special sess., 318, accessed March 29, 2023.
  15. ^ U.S. Congress. Senate Exec. Journal. 37th Cong., special sess., 328, accessed March 29, 2023.
  16. ^ 13 Stat. 749
  17. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 921.
  18. ^ "Henry Goode Blasdel". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  19. ^ "The Inauguration". Gold Hill Daily News. December 5, 1864. p. 2. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Kallenbach 1977, pp. 367–368.
  21. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 921–922.
  22. ^ "Lewis Rice Bradley". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  23. ^ Nebraska Legislature. Journal of the Assembly. 5th sess., 1871, 8, accessed March 29, 2023.
  24. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 922.
  25. ^ "John Henry Kinkead". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  26. ^ Nebraska Legislature. Journal of the Assembly. 9th sess., 1879, 15, accessed March 29, 2023.
  27. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 922–923.
  28. ^ "Jewett William Adams". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  29. ^ "The Inaugural". The Daily Appeal. January 2, 1883. p. 3. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  30. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 923.
  31. ^ "Charles Clark Stevenson". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  32. ^ "The Governor's Message". The Silver State. January 7, 1887. p. 2. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  33. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 923–924.
  34. ^ "Frank Jardine Bell". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  35. ^ "Unprecedented". Daily Independent. September 25, 1890. p. 3. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  36. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 924–925.
  37. ^ "Roswell Keyes Colcord". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  38. ^ "Governor Colcord Sworn In". The Pioche Record. January 17, 1891. p. 3. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  39. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 925.
  40. ^ "John Edward Jones". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  41. ^ "A New Era". The Silver State. January 10, 1895. p. 3. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  42. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 925–926.
  43. ^ "Reinhold Sadler". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  44. ^ "Governor Jones Dead". Reno Gazette-Journal. April 11, 1896. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  45. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 926.
  46. ^ "John Sparks". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  47. ^ "John Sparks Is Governor". Reno Gazette-Journal. January 5, 1903. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  48. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 927.
  49. ^ "Denver Sylvester Dickerson". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  50. ^ "D.S. Dickerson Is Now Governor". The Daily Appeal. May 23, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  51. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 927–928.
  52. ^ "Tasker Lowndes Oddie". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  53. ^ "New State Officers". Daily Independent. January 3, 1911. p. 3. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  54. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 928–929.
  55. ^ "Emmet Derby Boyle". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  56. ^ "Simple Ceremonies Mark Inauguration". Daily Independent. January 5, 1915. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  57. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 929.
  58. ^ "James Graves Scrugham". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  59. ^ "Colonel J.G. Scrugham Takes Oath of Office". Nevada State Journal. December 27, 1922. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  60. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 930.
  61. ^ "Frederick Bennett Balzar". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  62. ^ "Simple Ceremony Gives to State New Executive Head Today". Reno Gazette-Journal. January 3, 1927. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  63. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 930–931.
  64. ^ "Morley Isaac Griswold". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  65. ^ "Morley Griswold Assumes Duties As Executive of Nevada". Reno Gazette-Journal. March 22, 1934. p. 1. Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  66. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 931.
  67. ^ "Richard Kirman". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  68. ^ "Richard Kirman Becomes 18th Nevada Governor". Nevada State Journal. January 8, 1935. p. 7. Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  69. ^ a b Sobel 1978, pp. 931–932.
  70. ^ "Edward Peter Carville". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  71. ^ "E. P. Carville Inaugurated As Nevada's Governor in Brief Ceremony at Capital". Reno Gazette-Journal. January 3, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  72. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 932–933.
  73. ^ "Vail Montgomery Pittman". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  74. ^ "Carville Will Leave for Capital Today; Pittman Takes Over". Nevada State Journal. July 25, 1945. p. 1. Retrieved April 6, 2023.
  75. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 933.
  76. ^ "Charles Hinton Russell". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  77. ^ "Oaths Are Taken by New Officials". Nevada State Journal. January 3, 1951. p. 12. Retrieved April 6, 2023.
  78. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 934.
  79. ^ "Grant Sawyer". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  80. ^ "Crowd Sees Inauguration". Reno Gazette-Journal. January 5, 1959. p. 1. Retrieved April 6, 2023.
  81. ^ Sobel 1978, pp. 934–935.
  82. ^ "Paul Dominque Laxalt". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  83. ^ "Laxalt Takes Office As Nevada's Governor". Nevada State Journal. January 3, 1967. p. 1. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  84. ^ Sobel 1978, p. 935.
  85. ^ "Mike O'Callaghan". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  86. ^ "O'Callaghan in Governorship With Ceremonies at Carson". Reno Gazette-Journal. January 4, 1971. p. 1. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  87. ^ a b "Robert Frank List". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  88. ^ Volek, Sue (January 1, 1979). "It's Official – List Now Governor". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 1. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  89. ^ a b c "Richard H. Bryan". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  90. ^ McFarren, Jack (January 3, 1983). "Bryan Officially Becomes Nevada's 25th Governor". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 1. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  91. ^ a b "Bob Miller". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  92. ^ Melton, Wayne (January 4, 1989). "Nearly 100 Nevadans on Hand As Bryan Takes Senate Oath". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 1A. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  93. ^ a b "Kenny Guinn". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  94. ^ O'Driscoll, Bill (January 5, 1999). "Guinn Takes Oath As Nevada's 28th Governor". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 1A. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  95. ^ a b "Jim Gibbons". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  96. ^ Hagar, Ray (January 2, 2007). "Incoming Chief Fills Top Security Posts After Taking Oath Just After Midnight". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 1A. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  97. ^ a b "Brian Sandoval". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  98. ^ Hagar, Ray (January 4, 2011). "Sandoval Issues Call for Optimism". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 1A. Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  99. ^ a b "Steve Sisolak". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  100. ^ DeHaven, James. "Nevada Gov. Sisolak Delivers Emotional Inaugural Address on the Steps of the Capitol". Retrieved April 7, 2023.
  101. ^ a b "Joe Lombardo". National Governors Association. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  102. ^ Stern, Gabe (January 3, 2023). "Nevada Gov. Lombardo Stresses Unity in Inaugural Address". Associated Press. Retrieved April 7, 2023.

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