List of Governors of California

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Jerry Brown, 34th and the current 39th Governor of California. He is the longest serving governor in California history.

The Governor of California is the chief executive of the California state government, whose responsibilities include making annual State of the State addresses to the California State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that state laws are enforced. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.

There have been 39 governors; many have been influential nationwide in areas far-flung from politics. Leland Stanford founded Stanford University in 1891. Earl Warren, later Chief Justice of the United States, won an election with the nominations of the three major parties – the only person ever to run essentially unopposed for governor of California. Ronald Reagan, who was president of the Screen Actors Guild and later President of the United States, and Arnold Schwarzenegger both came to prominence through acting. Gray Davis, the 37th governor of California, was the second governor in American history to be recalled by voters. The shortest tenure was that of Milton Latham, who served only five days before being elected by the legislature to fill a vacant United States Senate seat. The longest tenure is that of the current governor, Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr., who previously served as governor from 1975 to 1983 and has been serving again since 2011. He is the son of former governor Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, Sr. who served from 1959-1967.

Governors[edit]

For the governors prior to statehood, see the List of Governors of California before admission.

California was obtained by the United States in the Mexican Cession following the Mexican–American War. Unlike most other states, it was never organized as a territory, and was admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850.

The original California Constitution of 1849 called for elections every two years, with no set start date for the term. An amendment ratified in 1862 increased the term to four years,[1] and the 1879 constitution set the term to begin on the first Monday in January following an election. In 1990, Proposition 140 led to a constitutional amendment[2] implementing a term limit of two terms;[3] prior to this limit, only one governor, Earl Warren, served more than two terms. Jerry Brown was able to be elected to a third term in 2010 because his previous terms were before the term limit was enacted. The 1849 constitution also created the office of lieutenant governor, who, in cases of vacancy in the office of governor, becomes governor.[4] The governor and lieutenant governor are not elected on the same ticket.

      Democratic (16)       American (1)       Republican (22)       Progressive (1)

Governor Term of office Time served Party Term
[n 1]
Previous office Lieutenant Governor
1 Peter Hardeman Burnett - circa 1860.jpg Peter Hardeman Burnett
(1807-11-15)November 15, 1807 – May 17, 1895(1895-05-17)
(Aged 87)
December 20, 1849

January 9, 1851
385 days Democratic 1 5th
Territorial Governor of California
(1849–1851)
John McDougall
2 John McDougall.jpg John McDougall
ca. 1818 – March 30, 1866
(Aged 48)
January 9, 1851

January 8, 1852
364 days Democratic 1st
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1849–1851)
David C. Broderick
3 John Bigler painting.jpg John Bigler
January 8, 1805 – November 29, 1871
(Aged 66)
January 8, 1852

January 9, 1856
1462 days Democratic 2 2nd
Speaker of the California Assembly
(1850–1851)
Samuel Purdy
3
4 JNeelyJohnson.jpg J. Neely Johnson
August 2, 1825 – August 31, 1872
(Aged 47)
January 9, 1856

January 8, 1858
730 days Know Nothing 4 California State Assemblyman
Robert M. Anderson
5 John B Weller by William F Cogswell, 1879.jpg John B. Weller
February 22, 1812 – August 17, 1875
(Aged 63)
January 8, 1858

January 9, 1860
731 days Democratic 5 U.S. Senator from California
(1852-1857)
John Walkup
6 MiltonLatham.jpg Milton Latham
May 23, 1827 – March 4, 1882
(Aged 54)
January 9, 1860

January 14, 1860
5 days Democratic 6 U.S. Representative for California's At-large
(1853-1855)
John G. Downey
7 John G. Downey.jpg John G. Downey
June 24, 1827 – March 1, 1894
(Aged 66)
January 14, 1860

January 10, 1862
727 days Democratic 6th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1860)
Isaac N. Quinn
(acting)
Pablo de la Guerra
(acting)
8 Leland Stanford c1870s.jpg Leland Stanford
March 9, 1824 – June 21, 1893
(Aged 69)
January 10, 1862

December 10, 1863
699 days Republican 7 None John F. Chellis
9 FrederickFerdinandLow.png Frederick Low
June 30, 1828 – July 21, 1894
(Aged 66)
December 10, 1863

December 5, 1867
1456 days Republican 8 U.S. Representative for California's At-large
(1862-1863)
Tim N. Machin
10 HenryHaight.png Henry Huntly Haight
May 20, 1825 – September 2, 1878
(Aged 53)
December 5, 1867

December 8, 1871
1464 days Democratic 9 None William Holden
11 Newton Booth - Brady-Handy.jpg Newton Booth
December 30, 1825 – July 14, 1892
(Aged 66)
December 8, 1871

February 27, 1875
1177 days Republican 10 California State Senator Romualdo Pacheco
12 Romualdo Pacheco - Brady-Handy.jpg Romualdo Pacheco
October 31, 1831 – January 23, 1899
(Aged 67)
February 27, 1875

December 9, 1875
285 days Republican 9th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1849–1851)
William Irwin
Acting
13 William Irwin painting.jpg William Irwin
ca. 1827 – March 15, 1886
(Aged 58-59)
December 9, 1875

January 8, 1880
1491 days Democratic 11 Acting
Lieutenant Governor of California
James A. Johnson
14 Senator George Clement Perkins.jpg George Clement Perkins
August 23, 1839 – February 26, 1923
(Aged 83)
January 8, 1880

January 10, 1883
1098 days Republican 12 California State Senator John Mansfield
15 General George Stoneman.jpg George Stoneman
August 8, 1822 – September 5, 1894
(Aged 72)
January 10, 1883

January 8, 1887
1459 days Democratic 13 Major General
Union Army
John Daggett
16 Washington Bartlett.jpg Washington Bartlett
February 29, 1824 – September 12, 1887
(Aged 63)
January 8, 1887

September 12, 1887
248 days Democratic 14 20th
Mayor of San Francisco
(1883-1887)
Robert Waterman
17 Robert Waterman.jpg Robert Waterman
December 15, 1826 – April 12, 1891
(Aged 64)
September 12, 1887

January 8, 1891
1213 days Republican 17th
Lieutenant Governor of California
Stephen M. White
18 HenryMarkham.jpg Henry Markham
November 16, 1840 – October 9, 1923
(Aged 82)
January 8, 1891

January 11, 1895
1464 days Republican 15 U.S. Representative for California's 1st
(1885-1887)
John B. Reddick
19 James H. Budd.jpg James Budd
May 18, 1851 – July 30, 1908
(Aged 57)
January 11, 1895

January 4, 1899
1454 days Democratic 16 U.S. Representative for California's 2nd
(1883-1885)
Spencer G. Millard
20 HenryGage.jpg Henry Gage
December 25, 1852 – August 28, 1924
(Aged 71)
January 4, 1899

January 7, 1903
1462 days Republican 17 None Jacob H. Neff
21 Pardee Portrait1.jpg George Pardee
July 25, 1857 – September 1, 1941
(Aged 84)
January 7, 1903

January 9, 1907
1464 days Republican 18 29th
Mayor of Oakland
(1893-1895)
Alden Anderson
22 James Gillett.jpg James Gillett
September 20, 1860 – April 20, 1937
(Aged 76)
January 9, 1907

January 3, 1911
1455 days Republican 19 U.S. Representative for California's 1st
(1903-1906)
Warren R. Porter
Hiram Johnson.jpg Hiram Johnson
September 2, 1866 – August 6, 1945
(Aged 78)
January 3, 1911

March 15, 1917
2263 days Republican
(1911-1914)

Progressive
(1914-1917)
20 None A.J. Wallace
(1911-1914)

23
21 John M. Eshleman
(1914-1916)
William Stephens
(1916-1917)
24 Portrait of William Stephens.jpg William Stephens
December 26, 1859 – April 25, 1944
(Aged 84)
March 15, 1917

January 8, 1923
2126 days Republican 22 27th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1916–1917)
Vacant
23 C.C. Young
(1919-1927)
25 FriendRichardson.jpg Friend Richardson
December 1, 1865 – September 6, 1943
(Aged 77)
January 9, 1923

January 4, 1927
1456 days Republican 24 21st
California State Treasurer
(1915-1923)
26 CCYoung.jpg C.C. Young
April 28, 1869 – December 24, 1947
(Aged 78)
January 4, 1927

January 6, 1931
1463 days Republican 25 29th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1919–1927)
Buron Fitts
(1927-1928)
H. L. Carnahan
(1928-1931)
27 JamesRolphJrCalifGov.jpg James Rolph
August 23, 1869 – June 2, 1934
(Aged 64)
January 6, 1931

June 2, 1934
1243 days Republican 26 30th
Mayor of San Francisco
(1912-1931)
Frank Merriam
28 FrankMerriam.jpg Frank Merriam
December 22, 1865 – April 25, 1955
(Aged 89)
June 2, 1934

January 2, 1939
1675 days Republican 31st
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1931–1934)
George J. Hatfield
29 CulbertOlson.jpg Culbert Olson
November 7, 1876 – April 13, 1962
(Aged 85)
January 2, 1939

January 4, 1943
1463 days Democratic 27 California State Senator Vacant
Ellis E. Patterson
(1939-1943)
30 Earl Warren Portrait, half figure, seated, facing front, as Governor.jpg Earl Warren
March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974
(Aged 83)
January 4, 1943

October 5, 1953
3927 days Republican 28 20th
Attorney General of California
(1939–1943)
Frederick Houser
(1943-1947)
  
29
  
Goodwin Knight
(1947-1953)
30
31 GoodwinKnight.jpg Goodwin Knight
December 9, 1896 – May 22, 1970
(Aged 73)
October 5, 1953

January 5, 1959
1918 days Republican 35th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1947–1953)
Harold J. Powers
  
31
  
32 Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown.jpg Pat Brown
December 26, 1859 – April 25, 1944
(Aged 84)
March 15, 1917

January 8, 1923
2919 days Democratic 32 23rd
Attorney General of California
(1951–1959)
Glenn M. Anderson
33
33 Ronald Reagan with cowboy hat 12-0071M original.tif Ronald Reagan
February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004
(Aged 93)
January 2, 1967

January 6, 1975
2926 days Republican
34 None Robert Finch
(1967-1969)
35 Edwin Reinecke
(1969-1974)
John L. Harmer
(1974-1975)
34 Gubernatorial portrait of Jerry Brown.jpg Jerry Brown
(1938-04-07) April 7, 1938 (age 77)
January 6, 1975

January 3, 1983
2919 days Democratic 36 24th
Secretary of State of California
(1971–1975)
Mervyn M. Dymally
(1975-1979)
37 Michael Curb
(1979-1983)
35 George Deukmejian Official Portrait crop.jpg George Deukmejian
(1928-06-06) June 6, 1928 (age 87)
January 3, 1983

January 7, 1991
2926 days Republican 38 27th
Attorney General of California
(1979–1983)
Leo T. McCarthy
(1983-1995)
39
36 Pete Wilson meeting with Les Aspin, Feb 3, 1993 - cropped to Wilson.JPEG Pete Wilson
(1933-08-03) August 3, 1933 (age 82)
January 7, 1991

January 4, 1999
2919 days Republican 40 U.S. Senator from California
(1983-1991)
41 Gray Davis
(1995-1999)
37 Gdavis.jpg Gray Davis
(1942-12-26) December 26, 1942 (age 72)
January 4, 1999

November 17, 2003
Recalled
1778 days Democratic   
42
  
44th
Lieutenant Governor of California
(1995-1999)
Cruz Bustamante
(1999-2007)
  
43
38 Aschwarzenegger.jpg Arnold Schwarzenegger
(1947-07-30) July 30, 1947 (age 68)
November 17, 2003

January 3, 2011
2926 days Republican
None
44 John Garamendi
(2007-2009)
Abel Maldonado
(2009-2011)
39 Edmund G Brown Jr.jpg Jerry Brown
(1938-04-07) April 7, 1938 (age 77)
January 3, 2011

Incumbent
4619 days
(overall)

1700 days
(since 2011)
Democratic 31st
Attorney General of California
(2007-2011)
34th Governor of California
(1975-1983)
45
Gavin Newsom
(January 10, 2011 - present)
46

List of Governors by time in office[edit]

4,619 days
Jerry Brown from 1975 to 1983 and from 2011 to present
3,927 days
Earl Warren from 1943 to 1953
248 days
Washington Bartlett in 1887
5 days
Milton Latham in 1860

This list is based on the difference between dates; if counted by number of calendar days all the figures would be one greater.

Earl Warren and Jerry Brown are the only Governors of California ever to win more than two terms. Milton Latham ran for Governor for the sole purpose of having himself appointed to the United States Senate, which he had the California State Legislature do within five days of his taking office as Governor.

# in office Governor Days Rank
34/39 Jerry Brown 4,619 1
30 Earl Warren 3,927 2
33 Ronald Reagan 2,926 3
35 George Deukmejian 2,926 3
32 Pat Brown 2,919 5
36 Pete Wilson 2,919 5
38 Arnold Schwarzenegger 2,604 7
23 Hiram Johnson 2,263 8
24 William Stephens 2,126 9
31 Goodwin Knight 1,918 10
37 Gray Davis 1,778 11
28 Frank Merriam 1,675 12
13 William Irwin 1,491 13
10 Henry Huntly Haight 1,464 14
18 Henry Markham 1,464 14
21 George Pardee 1,464 14
26 C. C. Young 1,463 17
29 Culbert Olson 1,463 17
3 John Bigler 1,462 19
20 Henry Gage 1,462 19
15 George Stoneman 1,459 21
9 Frederick Low 1,456 22
25 Friend Richardson 1,456 22
22 James Gillett 1,455 24
19 James Budd 1,454 25
27 James Rolph 1,243 26
17 Robert Waterman 1,213 27
11 Newton Booth 1,177 28
14 George Clement Perkins 1,098 29
5 John B. Weller 731 30
4 J. Neely Johnson 730 31
7 John G. Downey 727 32
8 Leland Stanford 699 33
1 Peter Burnett 385 34
2 John McDougall 364 35
12 Romualdo Pacheco 285 36
16 Washington Bartlett 248 37
6 Milton Latham 5 38

List of Governors by age[edit]

The youngest person to become Governor was J. Neely Johnson (30 years, 160 days). The oldest person to become Governor is Jerry Brown on January 3, 2011, who became Governor at 72 years, 271 days old. Brown had previously been the sixth-youngest person to become Governor in 1975, and the youngest since the 1860s, at 36 years, 275 days old (his third term began 28 years to the day after his second term expired). The median age of accession is roughly 48 years, which falls between John Bigler (19th youngest) and William Irwin (20th).

The youngest living former Governor is Arnold Schwarzenegger, born July 30, 1947 (aged 68 years, 31 days), followed by Gray Davis, born December 26, 1942 (aged 72 years, 247 days). Incumbent Governor Jerry Brown, born April 7, 1938 (aged 77 years, 145 days) is the median age of living Governors. The oldest living former governor is George Deukmejian, born June 6, 1928 (aged 87 years, 85 days). Pete Wilson is the second-oldest, five years younger than Deukmejian. Wilson was born August 23, 1933 (aged 82 years, 7 days).

The shortest-lived governor was J. Neely Johnson, who died at the age of 47 years, 29 days. The longest-lived governor was Ronald Reagan, who died at the age of 93 years and 120 days (Reagan was also the longest-lived U.S. president at the time of his death, but Gerald Ford has since surpassed his record by 45 days). Pat Brown was the second longest-lived, almost 3 years short of Reagan. The oldest living governor, George Deukmejian, will tie Brown if he lives to April 3, 2019, and tie Reagan if he lives to October 4, 2021. The second oldest living governor, Pete Wilson, will tie Brown if he lives to June 19, 2024, and tie Reagan if he lives to December 21, 2026.

# by age Governor # in office Date of birth Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Age at end
of term
Date of death Length of
retirement
Lifespan
1 Johnson, J. NeelyJ. Neely Johnson 4 August 2, 1825 January 9, 1856 30 years, 160 days January 8, 1858 32 years, 159 days August 31, 1872 14 years, 236 days 47 years, 29 days
2 Downey, John G.John G. Downey 7 June 24, 1827 January 14, 1860 32 years, 204 days January 10, 1862 34 years, 200 days March 1, 1894 32 years, 50 days 66 years, 250 days
3 Latham, MiltonMilton Latham 6 May 23, 1827 January 9, 1860 32 years, 231 days January 14, 1860 32 years, 236 days March 4, 1882 22 years, 49 days 54 years, 285 days
4 McDougall, JohnJohn McDougall 2 January 1, 1818[5] January 9, 1851 33 years, 8 days January 8, 1852 34 years, 7 days March 30, 1866 14 years, 81 days 48 years, 88 days
5 Low, FrederickFrederick Low 9 June 30, 1828 December 10, 1863 35 years, 163 days December 5, 1867 39 years, 158 days July 21, 1894 26 years, 228 days 66 years, 21 days
6 Brown, Jr., Edmund G. "Jerry"Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. 34 April 7, 1938 January 7, 1975 36 years, 275 days January 3, 1983 44 years, 271 days   28 years, 0 days[6] 77 years, 145 days
7 Stanford, LelandLeland Stanford 8 March 9, 1824 January 10, 1862 37 years, 307 days December 10, 1863 39 years, 276 days June 21, 1893 29 years, 193 days 69 years, 104 days
8 Perkins, George C.George C. Perkins 14 August 23, 1839 January 8, 1880 40 years, 138 days January 10, 1883 43 years, 140 days February 26, 1923 40 years, 47 days 83 years, 187 days
9 Burnett, Peter H.Peter H. Burnett 1 November 15, 1807 December 20, 1849 42 years, 35 days January 9, 1851 44 years, 128 days May 17, 1895 43 years, 55 days 87 years, 183 days
10 Haight, Henry H.Henry H. Haight 10 May 20, 1825 December 5, 1867 42 years, 199 days December 8, 1871 46 years, 202 days September 2, 1878 6 years, 268 days 53 years, 105 days
11 Pacheco, RomualdoRomualdo Pacheco 12 October 31, 1831 February 27, 1875 43 years, 119 days December 9, 1875 44 years, 39 days January 23, 1899 23 years, 45 days 67 years, 84 days
12 Budd, JamesJames Budd 19 May 18, 1851 January 11, 1895 43 years, 238 days January 4, 1899 47 years, 231 days July 30, 1908 9 years, 208 days 57 years, 73 days
13 Johnson, HiramHiram Johnson 23 September 2, 1866 January 3, 1911 44 years, 123 days March 15, 1917 50 years, 194 days August 6, 1945 28 years, 144 days 78 years, 338 days
14 Pardee, GeorgeGeorge Pardee 21 July 25, 1857 January 7, 1903 45 years, 166 days January 9, 1907 49 years, 168 days September 1, 1941 34 years, 235 days 84 years, 38 days
15 Weller, John B.John B. Weller 5 February 22, 1812 January 8, 1858 45 years, 320 days January 9, 1860 47 years, 321 days August 17, 1875 15 years, 220 days 63 years, 176 days
16 Booth, NewtonNewton Booth 11 December 30, 1825 December 8, 1871 45 years, 343 days February 27, 1875 49 years, 59 days July 14, 1892 17 years, 138 days 66 years, 197 days
17 Gage, HenryHenry Gage 20 December 25, 1852 January 4, 1899 46 years, 10 days January 7, 1903 50 years, 13 days August 28, 1924 21 years, 234 days 71 years, 247 days
18 Gillett, JamesJames Gillett 22 September 20, 1860 January 9, 1907 46 years, 111 days January 3, 1911 50 years, 105 days April 20, 1937 26 years, 107 days 76 years, 212 days
19 Bigler, JohnJohn Bigler 3 January 8, 1805 January 8, 1852 47 years, 0 days January 9, 1856 51 years, 1 day November 29, 1871 15 years, 324 days 66 years, 325 days
20 Irwin, WilliamWilliam Irwin 13 January 1, 1827[7] December 9, 1875 48 years, 342 days January 8, 1880 53 years, 7 days March 15, 1886 6 years, 66 days 59 years, 73 days
21 Markham, HenryHenry Markham 18 November 16, 1840 January 8, 1891 50 years, 53 days January 11, 1895 54 years, 56 days October 9, 1923 28 years, 271 days 82 years, 327 days
22 Warren, EarlEarl Warren 30 March 19, 1891 January 4, 1943 51 years, 291 days October 5, 1953 62 years, 200 days July 9, 1974 20 years, 277 days 83 years, 112 days
23 Brown, Sr., Edmund G. "Pat"Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr. 32 April 21, 1905 January 5, 1959 53 years, 259 days January 2, 1967 61 years, 256 days February 16, 1996 29 years, 45 days 90 years, 301 days
24 Deukmejian, GeorgeGeorge Deukmejian 35 June 6, 1928 January 3, 1983 54 years, 211 days January 7, 1991 62 years, 215 days   24 years, 235 days 87 years, 85 days
25 Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan 33 February 6, 1911 January 2, 1967 55 years, 330 days January 7, 1975 63 years, 335 days June 5, 2004 29 years, 150 days 93 years, 120 days
26 Davis, GrayGray Davis 37 December 26, 1942 January 4, 1999 56 years, 9 days November 17, 2003 60 years, 326 days   11 years, 286 days 72 years, 247 days
27 Schwarzenegger, ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger 38 July 30, 1947 November 17, 2003 56 years, 110 days January 3, 2011 63 years, 157 days   4 years, 239 days 68 years, 31 days
28 Knight, GoodwinGoodwin Knight 31 December 9, 1896 October 5, 1953 56 years, 300 days January 5, 1959 62 years, 27 days May 22, 1970 11 years, 137 days 73 years, 164 days
29 Richardson, FriendFriend Richardson 25 December 1, 1865 January 9, 1923 57 years, 39 days January 4, 1927 61 years, 34 days September 6, 1943 16 years, 245 days 77 years, 279 days
30 Stephens, WilliamWilliam Stephens 24 December 26, 1859 March 15, 1917 57 years, 79 days January 8, 1923 63 years, 13 days April 25, 1944 21 years, 108 days 84 years, 121 days
31 Wilson, PetePete Wilson 36 August 23, 1933 January 7, 1991 57 years, 137 days January 4, 1999 65 years, 134 days   16 years, 238 days 82 years, 7 days
32 Young, C. C.C. C. Young 26 April 28, 1869 January 4, 1927 57 years, 251 days January 6, 1931 61 years, 253 days December 24, 1947 16 years, 352 days 78 years, 240 days
33 Stoneman, GeorgeGeorge Stoneman 15 August 8, 1822 January 10, 1883 60 years, 155 days January 8, 1887 64 years, 153 days September 5, 1894 7 years, 240 days 72 years, 28 days
34 Waterman, RobertRobert Waterman 17 December 15, 1826 September 12, 1887 60 years, 271 days January 8, 1891 64 years, 24 days April 12, 1891 94 days 64 years, 118 days
35 Rolph, JamesJames Rolph 27 August 23, 1869 January 6, 1931 61 years, 136 days June 2, 1934 64 years, 283 days June 2, 1934 0 days 64 years, 283 days
36 Olson, CulbertCulbert Olson 29 November 7, 1876 January 2, 1939 62 years, 56 days January 4, 1943 66 years, 58 days April 13, 1962 19 years, 99 days 85 years, 157 days
37 Bartlett, WashingtonWashington Bartlett 16 February 29, 1824 January 8, 1887 62 years, 313 days September 12, 1887 63 years, 195 days September 12, 1887 0 days 63 years, 195 days
38 Merriam, FrankFrank Merriam 28 December 22, 1865 June 2, 1934 68 years, 162 days January 2, 1939 73 years, 11 days April 25, 1955 16 years, 113 days 89 years, 124 days
39 Brown, Jr., Edmund G. "Jerry"Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. 39 April 7, 1938 January 3, 2011 72 years, 271 days         77 years, 145 days
# by age Governor # in office Date of birth Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Age at end
of term
Date of death Length of
retirement
Lifespan

Other high offices held[edit]

Seventeen governors of California have served other high offices, including one President of the United States, a Chief Justice of the United States, and five ambassadors. Thirteen have served in the U.S. Congress, all representing California, though one of them also represented Ohio. Four (marked with *) resigned to take their other office, three in the U.S. Senate and one joining the U.S. Supreme Court. One (marked with †) resigned his seat in the Senate to take office as governor.

All representatives and senators listed represented California except where noted.

Governor Gubernatorial term Other offices held Source
Bigler, JohnJohn Bigler 1852–1856 Minister to Chile [8]
Weller, John B.John B. Weller 1858–1860 Representative from Ohio, Senator, Minister to Mexico [9]
Latham, MiltonMilton Latham 1860 Representative, Senator* [10]
Stanford, LelandLeland Stanford 1862–1863 Senator [11]
Low, FrederickFrederick Low 1863–1867 Representative, Minister to the Great Qing Empire [12]
Booth, NewtonNewton Booth 1871–1875 Senator* [13]
Pacheco, RomualdoRomualdo Pacheco 1875 Representative, Minister to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua [14]
Perkins, George ClementGeorge Clement Perkins 1880–1883 Senator [15]
Markham, HenryHenry Markham 1891–1895 Representative [16]
Budd, JamesJames Budd 1895–1899 Representative [17]
Gage, HenryHenry Gage 1899–1903 Minister to Portugal [18]
Gillett, JamesJames Gillett 1907–1911 Representative† [19]
Johnson, HiramHiram Johnson 1911–1917 Senator* [20]
Stephens, WilliamWilliam Stephens 1917–1923 Representative [21]
Warren, EarlEarl Warren 1943–1953 Chief Justice of the United States* [22]
Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan 1967–1975 President of the United States [23]
Wilson, PetePete Wilson 1991–1999 Senator† [24]

Living former U.S. governors of California[edit]

As of May 2015, there are four former U.S. governors of California who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of California being George Deukmejian (1983-1991, born 1928). The most recent death of a former U.S. governor of California was that of Ronald Reagan (1967–1975), on June 5, 2004, he is also the most recently serving governor to have died.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George Deukmejian 1983–1991 (1928-06-06) June 6, 1928 (age 87)
Pete Wilson 1991–1999 (1933-08-23) August 23, 1933 (age 82)
Gray Davis 1999–2003 (1942-12-26) December 26, 1942 (age 72)
Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003–2011 (1947-07-30) July 30, 1947 (age 68)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

General
Constitutions
Specific
  1. ^ Henning, W.F. (1899). Constitution of the State of California. C.W. Palm Company. Retrieved January 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ "California Ballot Propositions 1990-1999". Los Angeles County Law Library. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ CA Const. art. V, § 2
  4. ^ CA Const. art. V, § 10
  5. ^ McDougall was born in 1818, but his exact birthdate is unknown. All calculations here are made from January 1, 1818.
  6. ^ Brown's retirement stopped 28 years to the day he left office because he returned for a third (non-consecutive) term as Governor.
  7. ^ Irwin was born in 1827, but his exact birthdate is unknown. All calculations here are made from January 1, 1827.
  8. ^ "California Governor John Bigler". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on February 23, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
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  1. ^ For the purposes of numbering, a governorship is defined as an uninterrupted period of time in office served by one person. For example, Pat Brown served two consecutive terms and is counted as the thirty-second governor (not the thirty-second and thirty-third). In this column, 'term' refers to the either 2 or 4 year (depending on constitutional definition at the time) period in the office of governor. Jerry Brown was reelected in 2014, and is serving the 46th term in the office of governor. Were Brown to die in office, his successor would become the 40th governor, although finishing the 46th term of the office

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