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List of Governors of Washington

List of Governors of Washington
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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