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
Style The Honorable
Residence Nevada Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, renewable once
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 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)

# Picture Governor Party Term start Term end Term Lt. Governor Notes
  Isaac Roop 1869.jpg Isaac Roop (provisional) Whig December 15, 1859 March 2, 1861
  James W. Nye - Brady-Handy.jpg James W. Nye (territorial) Republican March 2, 1861 December 5, 1864
1   Henry Goode Blasdel.jpg Henry G. Blasdel Republican December 5, 1864 January 2, 1871 1 John S. Crosman
2 James S. Slingerland
2   Lewis Rice Bradley.jpg Lewis R. Bradley Democratic January 2, 1871 January 6, 1879 3 Frank Denver
Pressly C. Hyman (acting)
4 Jewett W. Adams
3   John Henry Kinkead.gif John H. Kinkead Republican January 6, 1879 January 1, 1883
4   Adams.jpeg Jewett W. Adams Democratic January 1, 1883 January 3, 1887 5 Charles E. Laughton
5   Stevenson.jpeg Charles C. Stevenson Republican January 3, 1887 September 21, 1890 6 Henry C. Davis[N 1] [N 1]
7 Samuel W. Chubbuck[N 2]
8 Frank Bell
6   No image.svg Frank Bell Republican September 21, 1890 January 5, 1891 [N 3]
7   Roswell K. Colcord.jpg Roswell K. Colcord Republican January 5, 1891 January 7, 1895 9 Joseph Poujade
8   Jones.jpeg John E. Jones Silver January 7, 1895 April 10, 1896 10 Reinhold Sadler [N 1]
9   Sadler.jpeg Reinhold Sadler Silver April 10, 1896 January 5, 1903 [N 4]
11 James R. Judge
10   JohnSparks.jpg John Sparks Silver-Democratic January 5, 1903 May 22, 1908 12 Lemuel Allen [N 1]
13 Denver S. Dickerson
11   Denver Sylvester Dickerson.jpg Denver S. Dickerson Silver-Democratic May 22, 1908 January 2, 1911 [N 3]
12   Senator Tasker Oddie.jpg Tasker L. Oddie Republican January 2, 1911 January 4, 1915 14 Gilbert C. Ross
13   Emmet D. Boyle.jpg Emmet D. Boyle Democratic January 4, 1915 January 1, 1923 15 Maurice J. Sullivan
14   No image.svg James G. Scrugham Democratic January 1, 1923 January 3, 1927
15   No image.svg Fred B. Balzar Republican January 3, 1927 March 21, 1934 16 Morley Griswold [N 1]
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 17 Fred S. Alward
18   Edward P. Carville Democratic January 2, 1939 July 24, 1945 18 Maurice J. Sullivan [N 5]
19 Vail M. Pittman
19   No image.svg Vail M. Pittman Democratic July 24, 1945 January 1, 1951 [N 4]
20 Clifford A. Jones
20   No image.svg Charles H. Russell Republican January 1, 1951 January 5, 1959  
21 Rex Bell [N 1]
21   Grant Sawyer.jpg Grant Sawyer Democratic January 5, 1959 January 2, 1967 22 Maude Frazier
23 Paul Laxalt
22   Paul Laxalt (colorized).jpg Paul Laxalt Republican January 2, 1967 January 4, 1971 24 Edward Fike
23   Mike O'Callaghan.jpg Mike O'Callaghan Democratic January 4, 1971 January 1, 1979 25 Harry Reid
26 Robert E. Rose
24   Robert List in 2010.jpg Robert List Republican January 1, 1979 January 3, 1983 27 Myron E. Leavitt
25   Richard Bryan (colorized).jpg Richard Bryan Democratic January 3, 1983 January 3, 1989 28 Bob Cashell [N 6]
29 Bob Miller
26   Bob Miller (colorized).jpg Bob Miller (1945- ) Democratic January 3, 1989 January 4, 1999
30 Sue Wagner
31 Lonnie Hammargren
27   Kenny Guinn.jpg Kenny Guinn (1936-2010) Republican January 4, 1999 January 1, 2007 32 Lorraine Hunt
28   Jimgibbons.jpg Jim Gibbons (1944- ) Republican January 1, 2007 January 3, 2011 33 Brian Krolicki
29   Brian Sandoval and Harry Reid.jpg Brian Sandoval Republican January 3, 2011 Incumbent [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.

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 1967–1971 S
Richard Bryan 1983–1989 S* Attorney General of Nevada
Jim Gibbons 2007–2011 H
Brian Sandoval 2011–present Attorney 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.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Paul Laxalt 1967–1971 (1922-08-02) August 2, 1922 (age 92)
Robert List 1979–1983 (1936-09-01) September 1, 1936 (age 78)
Richard Bryan 1983–1989 (1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 77)
Bob Miller 1989–1999 (1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 69)
Jim Gibbons 2007–2011 (1944-12-16) December 16, 1944 (age 69)

Electoral History of Nevada's Governors[edit]

Nevada gubernatorial election, 1864
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry G. Blasdel 9,834 59.69%
Democratic D. E. Buell 6,552 39.77%
Undervote 89 0.54%
Totals 16,475 100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1866
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry G. Blasdel (inc.) 5,125 55.27%
Democratic John D. Winters 4,105 22.27%
Undervote 43 0.46%
Totals 9,273 100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1870
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lewis R. Bradley 7,200 53.83%
Republican F.A. Tritle 6,148 45.97%
Undervote 27 0.20%
Totals 13,375 100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lewis R. Bradley (inc.) 10,310 56.98%
Republican J.C. Hazlett 7,785 43.02%
Totals 9,273 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Henry Kinkead 9,747 51.24%
Democratic Lewis R. Bradley (inc.) 9,252 48.64%
Undervote 23 0.12%
Totals 19,022 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1882
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jewett W. Adams 7,770 54.11%
Republican Enoch Strother 6,535 45.52%
Undervote 54 0.37%
Totals 14,359 100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1886
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles C. Stevenson 6,463 52.23%
Democratic Jewett W. Adams (inc.) 5,869 47.43%
Undervote 42 0.34%
Totals 12,374 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1890
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roswell K. Colcord 6,601 53.20%
Democratic Theodore Winters 5,791 46.67%
Undervote 16 0.13%
Totals 19,022 100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1894
Party Candidate Votes %
Silver John E. Jones 5,223 49.87%
Republican A. C. Cleveland 3,861 36.87%
Populist George E. Peckham 711 6.79%
Democratic Theodore Winters 678 6.47%
Totals 10,473 100%
Silver win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1898
Party Candidate Votes %
Silver Reinhold Sadler (inc.) 3,570 35.67%
Republican William McMillan 3,548 35.45%
Democratic George Russell 2,057 20.55%
Populist J.B. McCullough 833 8.82%
Totals 10,008 100%
Silver hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1902
Party Candidate Votes %
Silver John Sparks 6,540 57.78%
Republican A.C. Cleveland 4,778 42.22%
Totals 11,318 100%
Silver win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1906
Party Candidate Votes %
Silver John Sparks (inc.) 8,686 58.64%
Republican James F. Mitchell 5,336 35.96%
Socialist Thomas B. Casey 815 5.49%
Totals 14,837 100%
Silver hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1910
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tasker Oddie 10,435 50.59%
Democratic Denver S. Dickerson (inc.) 8,798 42.65%
Socialist Henry F. Gegax 1,393 6.75%
Totals 20,626 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1914
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Emmet D. Boyle 9,623 44.62%
Republican Tasker Oddie (inc.) 8,537 39.58%
Socialist W.A. Morgan 3,391 15.72%
Undervote 16 0.07%
Totals 21,567 100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1918
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Emmet D. Boyle (inc.) 12,875 50.37%
Republican Tasker Oddie 11,845 46.37%
Undervote 843 3.26%
Totals 25,563 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1922
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James G. Scrugham 15,437 53.28%
Republican John H. Miller 12,084 41.71%
Undervote 1450 5.01%
Totals 28,971 100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fred B. Balzar 16,374 52.40%
Democratic James G. Scrugham (inc.) 14,521 46.47%
Undervote 351 1.12%
Totals 31,246 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fred B. Balzar (inc.) 18,442 53.25%
Democratic C. L. Richards 16,192 46.75%
Totals 34,634 100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1934
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Kirman, Sr. 23,088 53.94%
Republican Morley Griswold (inc.) 14,778 35.52%
Independent Lindley C. Branson 4,940 11.54%
Totals 42,806 100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward P. Carville 28,528 61.37%
Republican John Fulton 17,586 37.83%
Undervote 370 0.80%
Totals 46,484 100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1942
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward P. Carville (inc.) 24,505 60.25%
Republican A.V. Tallman 16,164 39.75%
Totals 40,669 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1946
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vail M. Pittman (inc.) 28,655 57.42%
Republican M. E. Jepson 21,247 42.58%
Totals 49,902 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1950
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles H. Russell 35,609 57.64%
Democratic Vail M. Pittman (inc.) 26,164 42.36%
Totals 61,773 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1954
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles H. Russell (inc.) 41,665 53.10%
Democratic Vail M. Pittman 36,797 46.90%
Totals 78,462 100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grant Sawyer 50,864 59.92%
Republican Charles H. Russell (inc.) 34,025 40.08%
Totals 84,889 100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grant Sawyer (inc.) 64,784 66.66%
Republican Oran K. Gragson 32,145 33.07%
Undervote 263 0.27%
Totals 97,192 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Laxalt 71,807 52.16%
Democratic Grant Sawyer (inc.) 65,870 47.84%
Totals 137,677 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1970
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike O'Callaghan 70,697 47.84%
Republican Edward Fike 64,400 43.58%
Independent American D. M. Hansen 5,415 3.66%
Independent C. E. Springer 6,479 4.39%
Undervote 777 0.53%
Totals 147,768 100%
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike O'Callaghan (inc.) 114,114 67.34%
Republican Shirley Crumpler 28,959 17.09%
Independent American J.R. Houston 26,258 15.49%
Undervote 142 0.08%
Totals 169,473 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1978
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert List 108,097 56.17%
Democratic Robert E. Rose 76,361 39.68%
None of These Candidates 10,121 5.25%
Independent American T. F. Jefferson 3,282 1.71%
Libertarian J. Grayson, Jr. 1,487 0.77%
Totals 192,445 100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Bryan 128,132 53.30%
Republican Robert List (inc.) 100,104 41.64%
None of These Candidates 6,894 2.87%
Libertarian Dan Becan 4,621 1.92%
Undervotes 643 0.27%
Totals 240,394 100%
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Bryan (inc.) 187,268 71.49%
Republican Patricia Cafferata 65,081 24.85%
None of These Candidates 5,471 2.09%
Libertarian Lou Tomburello 2,555 0.98%
Undervotes 1,557 0.59%
Totals 261,932 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Miller (inc.) 207,878 64.81%
Republican Jim Gallaway 95,789 29.86%
None of These Candidates 9,017 2.81%
Libertarian James Frye 8,059 2.52%
Totals 320,743 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Miller (inc.) 200,026 53.93%
Republican Jim Gibbons 156,875 42.30%
Independent American Daniel Hansen 10,012 2.70%
None of These Candidates 3,978 1.07%
Totals 370,891 100%
Democratic hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kenny Guinn 223,892 53.18%
Democratic Jan Laverty Jones 182,281 43.30%
Independent American Chuck Horne 7,509 1.78%
Libertarian Terry C. Savage 7,307 1.74%
Totals 420,989 100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2002[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kenny Guinn (inc.) 344,001 68.24%
Democratic Joe Neal 110,935 22.01%
None of These Candidates 23,674 4.70%
Libertarian Dick Geyer 8,104 1.61%
Independent American David G. Holmgren 7,047 1.40%
Independent Jerry L. Norton 5,543 1.10%
Green Charles Laws 4,775 0.95%
Voter turnout 100%
Republican hold
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2006[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons 279,003 47.93%
Democratic Dina Titus 255,684 43.92%
None of These Candidates 20,699 3.56%
Independent American Christopher H. Hansen 20,019 3.44%
Green Craig Bergland 6,753 1.16%
Voter turnout 100%
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Sandoval 382,350 53.36%
Democratic Rory Reid 298,171 41.61%
None of These Candidates 12,231 1.71%
Independent Gino DiSimone 6,403 0.89%
Independent American Floyd Fitzgibbons 5,049 0.70%
Libertarian Arthur Forest Lampitt, Jr. 4,672 0.65%
Green David Scott Curtis 4,437 0.62%
Independent Aaron Y. Honig 3,216 0.45%
Voter turnout 100%
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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