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Gubernatorial Quiz

Posted at 8:05 pm March 7, 2016, in U.S. Governors



How well do you know America’s governors?

You probably know that Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is a former U.S. Attorney or, perhaps, that the governor of New York—Andrew Cuomo (D)—is the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. You may even know that there are currently 31 Republican governors, 18 Democrats, and one Independent. But can you answer the following trivia questions about our current governors?

For the answers, scroll down or click here. For additional interesting information on America’s governors, see our Fast Facts page.


Of the nation’s current governors:

  • Who is the youngest?
  • Who is the oldest?
  • How many are women?
  • Which state has the nation’s only Independent governor?
  • How many served in our nation’s military?
  • Who is the only current governor who was born outside the United States?
  • How many have J.D. degrees?
  • Who is the only current governor who did not receive an undergraduate degree?
  • Which governor has the most children?




  • The youngest currently serving governor is South Carolina’s Nikki Haley (R). Haley, born on January 22, 1972, is 44 years old.
  • The oldest currently serving governor is Jerry Brown (D) of California. Brown is 77 years old, born on April 7, 1938. He also had a prior stint as California’s governor, from 1975-1983. Brown was 36 years old when he originally took office in 1975—making him, at the time, the nation’s youngest governor.
  • Six of the nation’s governors—three Democrats and three Republicans—are women: Maggie Hassan (D-NH); Susana Martinez (R-NM); Mary Fallin (R-OK); Kate Brown (D-OR); Gina Raimondo (D-RI); and Nikki Haley (R-SC).
  • The nation’s only current Independent governor is Governor Bill Walker of Alaska, elected in 2014.
  • Eight current governors (1 Democrat and 7 Republicans) served in the armed forces. Four served in the Army: Nathan Deal (R-GA); Terry Branstad (R-IA); Matt Bevin (R-KY); John Bel Edwards (D-LA). Robert Bentley (R-AL) served in the Air Force and Rick Scott (R-FL) served in the Navy, while two governors—Butch Otter (R-ID) and Gary Herbert (R-UT)—served in the Army National Guard. Branstad served overseas in Vietnam.
  • The only current governor born outside the United States is Kate Brown (D-OR), who was born in Spain. Brown became governor in 2015, after the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber (D). Brown is running in a special election on November 8, 2016, for the right to finish Kitzhaber’s term.
  • Almost half of our current governors—24 in all—have J.D. degrees. It is easily the most common post-graduate degree among U.S. governors.
  • The only current governor who did not receive an undergraduate degree is Wisconsin’s Scott Walker (R). Walker attended Marquette University, but did not graduate.
  • The current governor with the most children is the newly-elected governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin (R). Bevin has nine children, including four adopted children from Ethiopia.