List of Governors of North Dakota

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The Governor of North Dakota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The current Governor is Jack Dalrymple. The Governor has the power to sign or veto laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly into emergency session. The Governor is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. He has an ex officio North Dakota Governor's Residence. There are no limits on the number of terms a governor may serve.

The following is a list of Governors of the state of North Dakota, United States.

Governors of Dakota Territory[edit]

Governors of North Dakota[edit]

Parties

      Republican (16)       Democratic-Independent (1)       Democratic (3)       Republican/NPL (7)       Republican/IVA (2)       Democratic-NPL (7)

# Portrait Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Party Notes
1 John Miller (North Dakota Governor).jpg   John Miller
(1843–1908)
November 20, 1889 January 7, 1891 Republican
2 No image.svg   Andrew H. Burke
(1850–1918)
January 7, 1891 January 3, 1893 Republican
3 No image.svg   Eli C. D. Shortridge
(1830–1908)
January 3, 1893 January 10, 1895 Democratic-Independent
4 No image.svg   Roger Allin
(1848–1936)
January 10, 1895 January 6, 1897 Republican [note 1]
5 No image.svg   Frank A. Briggs
(1858–1898)
January 6, 1897 August 15, 1898 Republican
6 No image.svg   Joseph M. Devine
(1861–1938)
August 15, 1898 January 3, 1899 Republican [note 1]
7 No image.svg   Frederick B. Fancher
(1852–1944)
January 3, 1899 January 10, 1901 Republican
8 Fwhite.gif   Frank White
(1856–1940)
January 10, 1901 January 4, 1905 Republican [note 2]
9 Sarles.gif   Elmore Y. Sarles
(1859–1929)
January 4, 1905 January 9, 1907 Republican
10 JohnBurke1908.png   John Burke
(1859–1937)
January 9, 1907 January 8, 1913 Democratic [note 2][note 3]
11 LouisBHanna.jpg   L. B. Hanna
(1861–1948)
January 8, 1913 January 3, 1917 Republican [note 4]
12 Lynn Frazier.jpg   Lynn Frazier
(1874–1947)
January 3, 1917 November 23, 1921 Republican/NPL [note 5]
13 RagnvaldANestos.jpg   Ragnvald A. Nestos
(1877–1942)
November 23, 1921 January 7, 1925 Republican/IVA
14 ArthurGSorlie.jpg   Arthur G. Sorlie
(1874–1928)
January 7, 1925 August 28, 1928 Republican/NPL
15 No image.svg   Walter Maddock
(1880–1951)
August 28, 1928 January 9, 1929 Republican/NPL [note 1]
16 No image.svg   George F. Shafer
(1888–1948)
January 9, 1929 December 31, 1932 Republican/IVA
17 William Langer.jpg   William Langer
(1886–1959)
December 31, 1932 June 21, 1934 Republican/NPL [note 6]
18 No image.svg   Ole H. Olson
(1872–1954)
June 21, 1934 January 7, 1935 Republican/NPL [note 1]
19 No image.svg   Thomas H. Moodie
(1878–1948)
January 7, 1935 February 2, 1935 Democratic
20 No image.svg   Walter Welford
(1868–1952)
February 2, 1935 January 6, 1937 Republican/NPL [note 1]
21 William Langer.jpg   William Langer
(1886–1959)
January 6, 1937 January 5, 1939 Republican/NPL [note 5][note 6]
22 John Moses.jpg   John Moses
(1885–1945)
January 5, 1939 January 4, 1945 Democratic [note 5]
23 No image.svg   Fred G. Aandahl
(1897–1966)
January 4, 1945 January 3, 1951 Republican [note 4]
24 Clarence Brunsdale.jpg   Clarence Norman Brunsdale
(1891–1978)
January 3, 1951 January 9, 1957 Republican [note 5]
25 John E. Davis in 1969 Civil Defense film.png   John E. Davis
(1913–1990)
January 9, 1957 January 4, 1961 Republican
26 William L. Guy North Dakota Governor 1968.jpg   William L. Guy
(1919–2013)
January 4, 1961 January 2, 1973 Democratic-NPL
27 Arthur A. Link.jpg   Arthur A. Link
(1914–2010)
January 2, 1973 January 6, 1981 Democratic-NPL [note 4]
28 No image.svg   Allen I. Olson
(1938–)
January 6, 1981 January 1, 1985 Republican
29 No image.svg   George A. Sinner
(1928–)
January 1, 1985 December 15, 1992 Democratic-NPL
30 SchaferEd-official.jpg   Ed Schafer
(1946–)
December 15, 1992 December 15, 2000 Republican [note 7]
31 John Hoeven, Official Senate Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg   John Hoeven
(1957–)
December 15, 2000 December 7, 2010 Republican [note 5]
32 Jack Dalrymple crop.jpg   Jack Dalrymple
(1948–)
December 7, 2010 Incumbent Republican [note 1]

Other high offices held[edit]

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented North Dakota except where noted.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Frank White 1901–1905 Treasurer of the United States
John Burke 1907–1913 Treasurer of the United States
L. B. Hanna 1913–1917 H
Lynn Frazier 1917–1921 S
William Langer 1932–1934
1937–1939
S
John Moses 1939–1945 S
Fred G. Aandahl 1945–1951 H United States Assistant Secretary of the Interior
Clarence Norman Brunsdale 1951–1957 S
Arthur A. Link 1973–1981 H
Ed Schafer 1992–2000 United States Secretary of Agriculture
John Hoeven 2000–2010 S

Living former U.S. governors of North Dakota[edit]

As of May 2015, there are four former U.S. governors of North Dakota who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of North Dakota being George Sinner (served 1985–1992, born 1928). The most recent death of a former U.S. governor of North Dakota was William L. Guy (served 1961–1973, born 1919), on 26 April 2013. The death of a former U.S. governor of North Dakota who served most recently was that of Arthur Albert Link, who served from January 2, 1973 until he left office on January 6, 1981 and died on June 1, 2010 at the age of ninety-six.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Allen I. Olson 1981–1985 (1938-11-05) November 5, 1938 (age 77)
George Sinner 1985–1992 (1928-05-19) May 19, 1928 (age 88)
Ed Schafer 1992–2000 (1946-08-08) August 8, 1946 (age 69)
John Hoeven 2000–2010 (1957-03-13) March 13, 1957 (age 59)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Served as Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota prior to term as Governor
  2. ^ a b Served as Treasurer of the United States after term as Governor
  3. ^ Served as Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court after term as Governor
  4. ^ a b c Served in the United States House of Representatives after term as Governor
  5. ^ a b c d e Served in the United States Senate after term as Governor
  6. ^ a b Served two nonconsecutive terms as Governor
  7. ^ Served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture after term as Governor

See also[edit]

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