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  • Photo by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of California. Public domain.
    Gavin Newsom, 40th Governor of California
    Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman. He is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previ...
  • Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis, Jr.
    Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis Jr. is a retired American politician and attorney who served as the 37th Governor of California from 1999 to 2003. A member of the Democratic Party, only a few months into hi...
  • George Deukmejian (1928 - 2018)
  • Jerry Brown, Governor
    Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. (born April 7, 1938) is an American politician who has previously served and is currently serving as the Governor of California. He is the son of Pat Brown, the 32nd Governor ...
  • James Rolph, Governor (1869 - 1934)
    “Sunny Jim” Rolph, Jr. (August 23, 1869 – June 2, 1934) was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was elected to a single term as the 27th governor of California from January ...

The Governor of California is the chief executive of the California state government, whose responsibilities include making annual State of the State addresses to the California State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that state laws are enforced.

There have been 39 governors; many have been influential nationwide in areas far-flung from politics. Leland Stanford founded Stanford University in 1891. Earl Warren, later Chief Justice of the United States, won an election with the nominations of the three major parties – the only person ever to run essentially unopposed for governor of California. Ronald Reagan, who was president of the Screen Actors Guild and later President of the United States, and Arnold Schwarzenegger both came to prominence through acting. Gray Davis was the first governor of California, and second governor in American history, to be recalled by voters. The longest term was Earl Warren's, who was elected three times and served nearly ten years. The shortest term was that of Milton Latham, who served only five days before being elected by the legislature to fill a vacant United States Senate seat. The current governor is Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr., who previously served as governor from 1975 to 1983. He is the son of former governor Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, Sr. who served from 1959-1967.

List of Governors of California

Governors of the State of California