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List of Governors of Florida

List of Governors of Florida
InsigniaSeal of Florida.svg
InsigniacaptionOfficial seal
IncumbentRick Scott
IncumbentsinceJanuary 4, 2011
Preceded ByCharlie Crist
ResidenceFlorida Governor's Mansion
TermlengthFour years, can succeed self once
InauguralWilliam Dunn Moseley
DeputyJennifer Carroll
Salary$132,932 (2009)

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The Governor of Florida is the head of the executive branch of Florida's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Florida legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of impeachment.

When Florida was first acquired by the United States, future president Andrew Jackson served as its military governor. As a territory, five people served as governor over six distinct terms. The first territorial governor, William Pope Duval, served 12 years, the longest of any governor. Since statehood there have been 43 people who have served as governor, one of whom served two distinct terms. Three state governors have served two full four-year terms: William D. Bloxham, in two stints; and Reubin Askew and Jeb Bush, who each served their terms consecutively. Bob Graham almost served two terms, as he resigned with only three days left. The shortest term in office belongs to Wayne Mixson, who served three days following the resignation of his predecessor.

The current governor is Rick Scott, who took office on January 4, 2011. His term will expire on January 6, 2015.

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