List of Governors of Nevada

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Governor of Nevada
Standard Governor of Nevada.svg
Brian Sandoval 2010.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
Salary $149,573 (2013)[1]

The Governor of Nevada is the chief magistrate of the U.S. state of Nevada,[2] the head of the executive department of Nevada's state government[2] and 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] and, except in cases of treason or impeachment, to grant pardons and reprieves.[7]

The governor has a four-year term.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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 Nevada, eight of whom were actually born within state boundaries. 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 (11)   Silver (4)   Republican (14)

# Portrait Governor Term in office Party Term Lt. Governor Notes
1 Henry Goode Blasdel.jpg   Henry G. Blasdel
    January 29, 1825 – July 26, 1900   
(aged 75)
December 5, 1864

January 2, 1871
Republican 1 John S. Crosman
2 James S. Slingerland
2 Lewis Rice Bradley.jpg   Lewis R. Bradley
February 18, 1805 – March 21, 1879
(aged 74)
January 2, 1871

January 6, 1879
Democratic 3 Frank Denver
Pressly C. Hyman (acting)
4 Jewett W. Adams
3 John Henry Kinkead.gif   John H. Kinkead
December 10, 1826 – August 15, 1904
(aged 77)
January 6, 1879

January 1, 1883
Republican
4 Adams.jpeg   Jewett W. Adams
August 6, 1835 – June 18, 1920
(aged 84)
January 1, 1883

January 3, 1887
Democratic 5 Charles E. Laughton
5 Stevenson.jpeg   Charles C. Stevenson
February 20, 1826 – September 21, 1890
(aged 64)
   January 3, 1887   

    September 21, 1890   
Republican 6 Henry C. Davis[N 1] [N 1]
7 Samuel W. Chubbuck[N 2]
8 Frank Bell
6 Frank Bell (Nevada Governor).jpg   Frank Bell
January 28, 1840 – February 13, 1927
(aged 87)
September 21, 1890

January 5, 1891
Republican [N 3]
7 Roswell K. Colcord.jpg   Roswell K. Colcord
April 25, 1839 – October 30, 1939
(aged 100)
January 5, 1891

January 7, 1895
Republican 9 Joseph Poujade
8 Jones.jpeg   John E. Jones
December 5, 1840 – April 10, 1896
(aged 55)
January 7, 1895

April 10, 1896
Silver 10 Reinhold Sadler [N 1]
9 Sadler.jpeg   Reinhold Sadler
August 30, 1843 – May 22, 1908
(aged 64)
April 10, 1896

January 5, 1903
Silver 11 [N 4]
James R. Judge
10 JohnSparks.jpg   John Sparks
August 30, 1843 – May 22, 1908
(aged 64)
January 5, 1903

May 22, 1908
Silver-Democratic 12 Lemuel Allen [N 1]
13 Denver S. Dickerson
11 Denver Sylvester Dickerson.jpg   Denver S. Dickerson
January 24, 1872 – November 28, 1925
(aged 53)
May 22, 1908

January 2, 1911
Silver-Democratic [N 3]
12 Senator Tasker Oddie.jpg   Tasker L. Oddie
October 20, 1870 – February 17, 1950
(aged 79)
January 2, 1911

January 4, 1915
Republican 14 Gilbert C. Ross
13 Emmet D. Boyle.jpg   Emmet D. Boyle
July 26, 1879 – January 3, 1926
(aged 46)
January 4, 1915

January 1, 1923
Democratic 15 Maurice J. Sullivan
14 James G. Scrugham (Nevada Governor and US Senator).jpg   James G. Scrugham
January 19, 1880 – June 23, 1945
(aged 65)
January 1, 1923

January 3, 1927
Democratic
15 Fred B. Balzar (Nevada Governor).jpg   Fred B. Balzar
June 15, 1880 – March 21, 1934
(aged 53)
January 3, 1927

March 21, 1934
Republican 16 Morley Griswold [N 1]
16 Morley Griswold (Nevada Governor).jpg   Morley Griswold
October 10, 1890 – October 3, 1951
(aged 60)
March 21, 1934

January 7, 1935
Republican [N 3]
17 Richard Kirman Sr. (Nevada Governor).jpg   Richard Kirman, Sr.
January 14, 1877 – January 19, 1959
(aged 82)
January 7, 1935

January 2, 1939
Democratic 17 Fred S. Alward
18 Edward P. Carville (Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator).jpg   Edward P. Carville
May 14, 1885 – June 27, 1956
(aged 71)
January 2, 1939

July 24, 1945
Democratic 18 Maurice J. Sullivan [N 5]
19 Vail M. Pittman
19 Vail Pittman (Nevada Governor).jpg   Vail M. Pittman
September 17, 1880 – January 29, 1964
(aged 80)
July 24, 1945

January 1, 1951
Democratic [N 4]
20 Clifford A. Jones
20 Charles H. Russell (Nevada Governor) 2.jpg   Charles H. Russell
December 27, 1903 – September 13, 1989
(aged 85)
January 1, 1951

January 5, 1959
Republican  
21 Rex Bell [N 1]
21 Grant Sawyer.jpg   Grant Sawyer
December 14, 1918 – February 19, 1996
(aged 77)
January 5, 1959

January 2, 1967
Democratic 22 Maude Frazier
23 Paul Laxalt
22 Paul Laxalt (colorized).jpg   Paul Laxalt
(1922-08-02) August 2, 1922 (age 94)
January 2, 1967

January 4, 1971
Republican 24 Edward Fike
23 D. N. Mike O'Callaghan (Nevada Governor).jpg   Mike O'Callaghan
September 10, 1929 – March 5, 2004
(aged 74)
January 4, 1971

January 1, 1979
Democratic 25 Harry Reid
26 Robert E. Rose
24 Robert List in 2010.jpg   Robert List
(1936-09-01) September 1, 1936 (age 79)
January 1, 1979

January 3, 1983
Republican 27 Myron E. Leavitt
25 Richard Bryan (colorized).jpg   Richard Bryan
(1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 79)
January 3, 1983

January 3, 1989
Democratic 28 Bob Cashell [N 6]
29 Bob Miller
26 Bob Miller (colorized).jpg   Bob Miller
(1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 71)
January 3, 1989

January 4, 1999
Democratic
30 Sue Wagner
31 Lonnie Hammargren
27 Kenny Guinn.jpg   Kenny Guinn
August 24, 1936 – July 22, 2010
(aged 73)
January 4, 1999

January 1, 2007
Republican 32 Lorraine Hunt
28 Jimgibbons.jpg   Jim Gibbons
(1944-12-16) December 16, 1944 (age 71)
January 1, 2007

January 3, 2011
Republican 33 Brian Krolicki
(2007-2015)
29 Brian Sandoval 2010.jpg   Brian Sandoval
(1963-08-05) August 5, 1963 (age 53)
January 3, 2011

Incumbent
Republican 34
35 Mark Hutchison
(2015–present)
  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.

Other high offices held[edit]

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

Governor 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 U.S. governors of Nevada[edit]

As of May 2015, there are five former U.S. governors of Nevada who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of Nevada being Paul Laxalt (served 1967–1971, born 1922). The most recent governor to die was Kenny Guinn (served 1999–2007, born 1936), on July 22, 2010; he is also the most recently serving governor of any US state to have died.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Paul Laxalt 1967–1971 (1922-08-02) August 2, 1922 (age 94)
Robert List 1979–1983 (1936-09-01) September 1, 1936 (age 79)
Richard Bryan 1983–1989 (1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 79)
Bob Miller 1989–1999 (1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 71)
Jim Gibbons 2007–2011 (1944-12-16) December 16, 1944 (age 71)

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
Undervotes 89 0.54
Total votes 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
Undervotes 43 0.46
Total votes 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
Undervotes 27 0.20
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Undervotes 23 0.12
Total votes 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
Undervotes 54 0.37
Total votes 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
Undervotes 42 0.34
Total votes 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
Undervotes 16 0.13
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Undervotes 16 0.07
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Undervotes 1450 5.01
Total votes 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
Undervotes 351 1.12
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Undervotes 370 0.80
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 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
Total votes 84,889 100
Democratic gain from Republican
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1962[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Grant Sawyer (inc.) 64,784 66.84%
Republican Oran K. Gragson 32,145 33.16%
N/A Undervotes 263 0.27%
Total votes 97,192 100
Democratic hold Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1966[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Paul Laxalt 71,807 52.16%
Democratic Grant Sawyer (inc.) 65,870 47.84%
Total votes 137,677 100
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1970[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mike O'Callaghan 70,697 48.10%
Republican Ed Fike 64,400 43.81%
Independent Charles E. Springer 6,479 4.41%
Independent American Daniel M. Hansen 5,415 3.68%
N/A Undervotes 777 0.53%
Total votes 147,768 100
Democratic win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1974[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mike O'Callaghan (inc.) 114,114 67.38%
Republican Shirley Crumpler 28,959 17.10%
Independent American James Ray Houston 26,285 15.52%
N/A Undervotes 142 0.08%
Total votes 169,473 100
Democratic hold Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1978[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert List 108,097 56.17%
Democratic Robert E. Rose 76,361 39.68%
Independent American Thomas F. Jefferson 3,282 1.71%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 3,218 1.67%
Libertarian John W. Grayson, Jr. 1,487 0.77%
Total votes 192,445 100
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1982[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Bryan 128,132 53.44%
Republican Robert List (inc.) 100,104 41.75%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 6,894 2.88%
Libertarian Dan Becan 4,621 1.93%
N/A Undervotes 643 0.27
Total votes 240,394 100
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1986[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Bryan (inc.) 187,268 71.92%
Republican Patty Cafferata 65,081 25.00%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 5,471 2.10%
Libertarian Lou Tomburello 2,555 0.98%
N/A Undervotes 1,557 0.59%
Total votes 261,932 100
Democratic hold Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1990[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bob Miller (inc.) 207,878 64.81%
Republican Jim Gallaway 95,789 29.86%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 9,017 2.81%
Libertarian James Frye 8,059 2.51%
Total votes 320,743 100
Democratic hold Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1994[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bob Miller (inc.) 200,026 52.68%
Republican Jim Gibbons 156,875 41.32%
Independent American Daniel Hansen 10,012 2.64%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 8,785 2.31%
Libertarian Denis Sholty 3,978 1.05%
Total votes 379,676 100
Democratic hold Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 1998[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kenny Guinn 223,892 51.63%
Democratic Jan Laverty Jones 182,281 42.04%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 12,641 2.92%
Independent American Chuck Horne 7,509 1.73%
Libertarian Terry C. Savage 7,307 1.69%
Total votes 433,630 100
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2002[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kenny Guinn (inc.) 344,001 68.24% +16.61%
Democratic Joe Neal 110,935 22.01% -20.03%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 23,674 4.70% +1.78%
Libertarian Dick Geyer 8,104 1.61% -0.08%
Independent American David G. Holmgren 7,047 1.40% -0.33%
Independent Jerry L. Norton 5,543 1.10%
Green Charles Laws 4,775 0.95%
Majority 233,066 46.24% +36.64%
Turnout 504,079
Republican hold Swing
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2006[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jim Gibbons 279,003 47.93% -20.32%
Democratic Dina Titus 255,684 43.92% +21.91%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 20,699 3.56% -1.14%
Independent American Christopher H. Hansen 20,019 3.44% +2.04%
Green Craig Bergland 6,753 1.16% +0.21%
Majority 23,319 4.01% -42.23%
Turnout 582,158
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval 382,350 53.36% +5.44%
Democratic Rory Reid 298,171 41.61% -2.31%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 12,231 1.71% -1.85%
Independent Eugene DiSimone 6,403 0.89%
Independent American Floyd Fitzgibbons 5,049 0.70% -2.73%
Libertarian Arthur Forest Lampitt, Jr. 4,672 0.65%
Green David Scott Curtis 4,437 0.62% -0.54%
Independent Aaron Y. Honig 3,216 0.45%
Majority 84,179 11.75% +7.74%
Turnout 716,529
Republican win (new seat)
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2014[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval (inc.) 386,340 70.58%
Democratic Bob Goodman 130,722 23.88%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 15,751 2.88%
Independent American David Lory VanDerBeek 14,536 2.66%
Majority 547,349 100%
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b 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.
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  11. ^ "1962 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "1966 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ "1970 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ "1974 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "1978 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "1982 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "1986 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ "1990 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ "1994 General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ "1998 Official General Election Returns". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Elections Results: Official 2002 General Election Results". Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
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