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List of Governors of Ohio

List of Governors of Ohio
InsigniaStandard of the Governor of Ohio.svg
InsigniacaptionFlag of the Governor
IncumbentJohn Kasich
IncumbentsinceJanuary 10, 2011
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceWesterville, Ohio
TermlengthFour years, two consecutive with four year pause thereafter
FormationMarch 3, 1803
InauguralEdward Tiffin
DeputyMary Taylor
Salary$139,000 (2009)

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

There have been 62 governors of Ohio, serving 68 distinct terms. The longest term was held by Jim Rhodes, who was elected four times and served just under sixteen years in two non-consecutive periods of two terms each (1963 � 1971 and 1975 � 1983). The shortest terms were held by John William Brown and Nancy Hollister, who each served for only 11 days after the governors preceding them resigned in order to begin the terms to which they had been elected in the United States Senate; the shortest-serving elected governor was John M. Pattison, who died in office five months into his term. The current governor is John Kasich, who took office on January 10, 2011.

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