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List of Governors of Washington

List of Governors of Washington
PostGovernor
BodyWashington
Imagesize175px
IncumbentChristine Gregoire
IncumbentsinceJanuary 12, 2005
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceWashington Governor's Mansion
TermlengthFour years
InauguralElisha P. Ferry
FormationNovember 11, 1889
DeputyBrad Owen
Salary$166,891 (2010)

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The Governor of Washington is the head of the executive branch of Washington'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 Washington Legislature and line-item veto power to cancel specific provisions in spending bills. The governor may also convene the legislature on "extraordinary occasions".

Washington Territory had 14 territorial governors from its organization in 1853 until the formation of the state of Washington in 1889. Territorial governors were appointed by the President of the United States. Elisha Peyre Ferry had the longest term of eight years and went on to become the state's first governor. William H. Wallace was appointed governor but never took office due to being elected as the territory's congressional delegate. George E. Cole was appointed governor and took office, but his appointment was never ratified by the U.S. Senate and he was replaced as governor after four months.

Twenty-one individuals have held the office of governor of Washington since the state's admission to the Union, with Arthur B. Langlie serving non-consecutive terms. Langlie and Daniel J. Evans are the state's only three term governors. Populist Party candidate John Rankin Rogers is the only non Democratic or Republican nominee to win office. The current governor is Christine Gregoire, who took office on January 12, 2005 and was re-elected in 2008; her current term will expire in January 2013.

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Governors of the Territory of Washington :
Picture Governor Took office  Left office Appointed by Notes
Isaac Stevens December 3, 1853 August 11, 1857 Millard Fillmore
LaFayette McMullen September 10, 1857 July 1858 James Buchanan
Richard D. Gholson July 15, 1859 February 14, 1861 James Buchanan  
William H. Wallace Appointed April 9, 1861
Abraham Lincoln  
William Pickering June 1862 January 8, 1867 Abraham Lincoln  
George E. Cole January 8, 1867 March 4, 1867 Andrew Johnson
Marshall F. Moore August 26, 1867 1869 Andrew Johnson
Alvan Flanders April 5, 1869 March 14, 1870 Ulysses S. Grant
Edward Selig Salomon Appointed March 4, 1870 April 1872 Ulysses S. Grant
Elisha Peyre Ferry Appointed April 26, 1872 November 1, 1880 Ulysses S. Grant  
William Augustus Newell November 1, 1880 1884 Rutherford B. Hayes
Watson Carvasso Squire Appointed July 2, 1884 April 1887 Chester A. Arthur
Eugene Semple Appointed April 9, 1887 1889 Grover Cleveland
Miles Conway Moore April 9, 1889 November 11, 1889 Benjamin Harrison

Governors of the State of Washington :
# Picture Governor Took office Left office Party Lt. Governor Terms 
1 Elisha Peyre Ferry November 11, 1889 January 9, 1893 Republican Charles E. Laughton 1
2 John McGraw January 9, 1893 January 11, 1897 Republican F.H. Luce 1
3 John Rogers January 11, 1897 December 26, 1901 Populist Thurston Daniels   
Democratic Henry McBride
4 Henry McBride December 26, 1901 January 9, 1905 Republican Vacant   
5 Albert E. Mead January 9, 1905 January 27, 1909 Republican Charles E. Coon 1
6 Samuel G. Cosgrove January 27, 1909 March 28, 1909 Republican Marion E. Hay  
7 Marion E. Hay March 28, 1909 January 11, 1913 Republican Vacant  
8 Ernest Lister January 11, 1913 February 13, 1919 Democratic Louis Folwell Hart   
9 Louis Folwell Hart February 13, 1919 January 12, 1925 Republican Vacant   
William J. Coyle
10 Roland H. Hartley January 12, 1925 January 9, 1933 Republican W. Lon Johnson 2
John Arthur Gellatly
11 Clarence D. Martin January 9, 1933 January 13, 1941 Democratic Victor A. Meyers 2
12 Arthur B. Langlie January 13, 1941 January 8, 1945 Republican Victor A. Meyers 1
13 Monrad C. Wallgren January 8, 1945 January 12, 1949 Democratic Victor A. Meyers 1
14 Arthur B. Langlie January 12, 1949 January 14, 1957 Republican Victor A. Meyers 2
Emmett T. Anderson
15 Albert D. Rosellini January 14, 1957 January 11, 1965 Democratic John A. Cherberg 2
16 Daniel J. Evans January 11, 1965 January 12, 1977 Republican John A. Cherberg 3
17 Dixy Lee Ray January 12, 1977 January 14, 1981 Democratic John A. Cherberg 1
18 John D. Spellman January 14, 1981 January 16, 1985 Republican John A. Cherberg 1
19 Booth Gardner January 16, 1985 January 13, 1993 Democratic John A. Cherberg 2
Joel Pritchard
20 Mike Lowry January 13, 1993 January 15, 1997 Democratic Joel Pritchard 1
21 Gary Locke January 15, 1997 January 12, 2005 Democratic Brad Owen 2
22 Christine Gregoire January 12, 2005 Incumbent Democratic Brad Owen 2

Governors of the State of Washington :
Name Gubernatorial term Other offices held Source
Isaac Stevens 1853 1857 Delegate from Washington Territory*
LaFayette McMullen 1857 1859 Representative and Confederate Representative from Virginia
William H. Wallace 1861 1861 Delegate from Washington Territory*, Delegate from Idaho Territory,
Governor of Idaho Territory
Alvan Flanders 1869 1870 Delegate from Washington Territory
William A. Newell 1880 1884 Representative from New Jersey, Governor of New Jersey
Watson C. Squire 1884 1887 Senator from Washington
Monrad Wallgren 1945 1949 Senator and Representative from Washington
Daniel J. Evans 1965 1977 Senator from Washington
Mike Lowry 1993 1998 Representative from Washington
Gary Locke 1997 2005 Secretary of Commerce

Governors of the State of Washington :
Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Albert D. Rosellini 1957 1965 January 21, 1910(age 104)
Daniel J. Evans 1965 1977 October 16, 1925(age 89)
John D. Spellman 1981 1985 December 29, 1926(age 87)
Booth Gardner 1985 1993 August 21, 1936(age 78)
Mike Lowry 1993 1997 March 8, 1939(age 75)
Gary Locke 1997 2005 January 21, 1950(age 64)

Governors of Washington

Territorial (1853 - 1889)Stevens * McMullen * Gholson * Wallace * Pickering * Cole * M.F. Moore * Flanders * Salomon * Ferry * Newell * Squire * Semple * M.C. Moore
State (since 1889)Ferry * McGraw * Rogers * McBride * Mead * Cosgrove * Hay * Lister * Hart * Hartley * Martin * Langlie * Wallgren * Langlie * Rosellini * Evans * Ray * Spellman * Gardner * Lowry * Locke * Gregoire

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