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Two Governors Withdraw from Presidential Race

And then there was one. Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) announced yesterday that he would end his campaign for president. He joins former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D), who ended his presidential campaign last week. Hickenlooper later announced that he plans to instead run for U.S. Senate in 2020; Inslee will run for a third … Read more …

Posted at 4:36 pm August 22, 2019, in 2020 Election, U.S. Governors

Fast Facts Update!

With 36 gubernatorial races decided in 2018, there was sure to be significant turnover among the nation’s governors’ seats. Indeed, 19 new governors took over the office in 2019, bringing new backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the office. To account for these changes, the Eagleton Center on the American Governor has completed a full update … Read more …

Posted at 5:44 pm May 31, 2019, in 2018 Elections, U.S. Governors

Governors as University Presidents

With Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon stepping down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, the school has turned to a former governor as its interim leader. The university’s Board of Trustees chose former Governor John Engler (R, 1991-2003) as interim president yesterday, a choice that was met with controversy. While college … Read more …

Posted at 6:28 pm February 1, 2018, in U.S. Governors

New Report on Gubernatorial Transitions

Eagleton’s Center on the American Governor is pleased today to release a report on an often overlooked and underappreciated part of the democratic process in the states: the transition to a new governor. The report includes recommendations for the candidates to consider both in the months leading up to Election Day and in the 10 … Read more …

Posted at 5:53 pm July 18, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors, U.S. Governors

Governors’ State Residences

With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie receiving considerable publicity this weekend for taking his family to the state-owned governor’s house in Island Beach State Park, we thought we’d take a moment to visit governors’ mansions more generally. All but five states own an officially-designated governor’s residence, usually referred to as a “mansion.” Massachusetts and Rhode … Read more …

Posted at 6:01 pm July 3, 2017, in NJ Governors, U.S. Governors

Governors and Health Care

Health care is dominating the headlines today, as the debate re-takes center stage in the U.S. Senate. An op-ed published by the Washington Post (and reprinted by NJ.com) is particularly interesting, however, as much for who wrote it as for what it says. The piece was written by two governors, one Republican and one Democrat … Read more …

Posted at 6:26 pm June 22, 2017, in U.S. Governors

2017 Gubernatorial Races

Happy New Year! It is officially 2017 and the nation’s political attention–while focused on the President Obama-to-Trump transition–is also beginning to turn to the only two states that will hold gubernatorial elections this year: Virginia and New Jersey. Virginia is the only state in the country in which governors cannot seek at least two consecutive … Read more …

Posted at 8:50 pm January 9, 2017, in 2017 Elections, NJ Governors, U.S. Governors

Gubernatorial Election Results

With the election of the Republican ticket to the presidency on Tuesday night, vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence (R-IN) becomes the first governor to be elected to that office since Spiro Agnew, elected vice-president in 1968 and re-elected in 1972. But the federal offices were not all that was at stake; we have also been tracking … Read more …

Posted at 6:34 pm November 10, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

2016 Gubernatorial Race Update, Part II

In our last blog entry, we took a look at the state of half of the 2016 gubernatorial races. Below find a summary of the other half:   North Dakota: This is an open seat, as incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) chose not to fun for a second full term. Former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum … Read more …

Posted at 4:17 pm October 7, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors

2016 Gubernatorial Race Update, Part I

With the results in from the September 13 primaries in Delaware and New Hampshire, gubernatorial primary season is officially over. The fields, therefore, are now set and the timing seems right to take a quick look at the races. Overall, there is little drama in this year’s gubernatorial race as Republicans are guaranteed to maintain … Read more …

Posted at 4:29 pm September 26, 2016, in 2016 Election, U.S. Governors