Governor of California

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The Governor of California is an elected official who is the chief executive of the State of California. As chief executive, he and his designates have direct responsibility over the day to day affairs of the State. The purpose of the Governor is best summed up by the California Constitution which says, "The supreme executive power of this State is vested in the Governor. The Governor shall see that the law is faithfully executed." [1] The current Governor is Jerry Brown who succeeded Arnold Schwarzenegger.


List of Governors

Governor Took Office Left Office Governor Took Office Left Office Governor Took Office Left Office
Peter Burnett 1849 1851 George Perkins 1880 1883 James Rolph 1931 1934
John McDougall 1851 1852 George Stoneman 1883 1887 Frank Merriam 1934 1939
John Bigler 1852 1856 Washington Bartlett 1887 1887 Culbert Olson 1939 1943
J. Neely Johnson 1856 1858 Robert Waterman 1887 1891 Earl Warren 1943 1953
John Weller 1858 1860 Henry Markham 1891 1895 Goodwin Knight 1953 1959
Milton Latham 1860 1860 James Budd 1895 1899 Pat Brown 1959 1967
John Downey 1860 1862 Henry Gage 1899 1903 Ronald Reagan 1967 1975
Leland Stanford 1862 1863 George Pardee 1903 1907 Jerry Brown 1975 1983
Frederick Low 1863 1867 James Gillett 1907 1911 George Deukmejian 1983 1991
Henry Haight 1867 1871 Hiram Johnson 1911 1917 Pete Wilson 1991 1999
Newton Booth 1871 1875 William Stephens 1917 1923 Gray Davis 1999 2003
Romualdo Pacheco 1875 1875 Friend Richardson 1923 1927 Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003 2011
William Irwin 1875 1880 Clement Young 1927 1931 Jerry Brown Current

References

  1. California Constitution: Article V, Section 1