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StateGovernor Incumbent's Party Former Governors / Candidates
(2010 winners marked )
AK  
  Sean Parnell
Replaced Sarah Palin
(First elected 2006; resigned July 2009 to go on book tour)
Republican Next election: 2010
Former Governors:
Frank Murkowski GOP Governor, 2002-2006
Tony Knowles Dem. Governor, 1995-2002
AL  
  Bob Riley
First elected 2003;
re-elected 2006;
Term-limited, 2010

Republican Next election: 2010; challengers:
State Rep. Dr. Robert Bentley (R)
Rep. Artur Davis (D, AL-7)

Former Governor:
Don Siegelman  Dem. Governor, 1999-2003
AR  
  Mike Beebe
First elected 2006
Democrat Next election: 2010
Former 2006 challenger:
Asa Hutchinson (R)
Former Governors:
Mike Huckabee GOP Governor until 2006; Presidential candidate, 2008;
Author: Character Makes A Difference and From Hope to Higher Ground
Bill Clinton Dem. Governor, 1979-81 & 1983-92; President, 1993-2001;
Author: Between Hope and History and My Life
David Pryor Dem. Governor, 1975-79
Dale Bumpers Dem. Governor, 1971-75
AZ  
  Jan Brewer
Replaced Janet Napolitano
First elected 2002;
re-elected 2006;
Appointed to Obama's Cabinet in 2009.
Republican Next election: 2010
Former Governor:
Jane Dee Hull GOP Governor, 1998-2002
CA  
  Arnold Schwarzenegger
First elected 2003
(special recall election);
re-elected 2006

Click here for
2003 Recall Debate
Republican Next election: 2010; challengers:
Jerry Brown (D)
Meg Whitman (R)

2003 Recall challengers:
Cruz Bustamante Democratic challenger
Peter Camejo Green Challenger
Arianna Huffington Independent challenger;
Author: How to Overthrow the Government
Tom McClintock Republican Challenger
Former Governors:
Gray Davis Dem. Governor, 1998-2003, recalled 2003
Ronald Reagan GOP Governor, 1966-80
CO  
  Bill Ritter
First elected 2006
Democrat Next election: 2010
2010 challenger:
Rep. Tom Tancredo (C)
John Hickenlooper (D)
Former 2006 challenger:
Rep. Bob Beauprez (R)
Former Governors:
Bill Owens
GOP Governor until 2006
CT  
  Jodi Rell
Acting Governor, 7/1/2004;
Elected 2006
Republican Next election: 2010; challengers:
Tom Foley (R; lost in recount)
Dan Malloy (D)
vs. Ned Lamont (D)

Former Governor:
John Rowland  GOP Governor, re-elected 2002, resigned July 2004
DE  
  Jack Markell
First elected 2008
Democrat Next election: 2012
Former Governor:
Ruth Ann Minner
First elected 2000;
re-elected 2004;
Term-limited, 2008
Tom Carper Dem. Governor, 1993-2000
FL  
  Charlie Crist
First elected, 2006
Republican Next election: 2010
Gov. Crist running for Senate
2010 gubernatorial challengers:
Rick Scott (R)
Brian Moore (2008 Socialist Presidential nominee)
Former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum (lost Aug. 2010 primary)
Former gubernatorial challengers:
Janet Reno (D)
Jim Davis (D)
Former Governors:
Jeb Bush GOP governor, retired 2006;
Author: Profiles in Character
Bob Graham Dem. Governor, 1979-86
GA  
  Sonny Perdue
First elected 2002;
re-elected 2006
Democrat Next election: 2010; Challengers:
Nathan Deal (R, GA-9)
Former Gov. Roy Barnes (D)

Former Governors:
Roy Barnes (Dem. Governor, 1999-2002)
Zell Miller (Dem. Governor, 1991-98)
Jimmy Carter (Dem. Governor, 1971-74)
HI  
  Linda Lingle
First elected 2002;
re-elected 2006;
Term-limited, 2010
Republican Next election: 2010; challengers:
Neil Abercrombie (D, HI-1)
Gov. Lingle running for Senate

Former Governors: Benjamin Cayetano Dem. Governor, 1995-2002
IA  
  Chet Culver
First elected 2006
Democrat Next election: 2010; challengers:
Former Gov. Terry Branstad (R)

Former Governor:
Tom Vilsack Democrat, Re-elected 2002; retired 2006
2006 challenger: Jim Nussle (R)
ID  
 
Butch Otter
First elected 2006
Republican Next election: 2010
Former Governor:
Dirk Kempthorne
Republican, Re-elected 2002; retired 2006
Former gubernatorial nominee:
Jerry Brady (D, 2006)
IL  
  Pat Quinn
Replaced Rod Blagojevich
First elected 2002;
re-elected 2006;
Resigned in scandal, 2009
Democrat Next election: 2010; challengers:
State Senate President John Cullerton (D-IL)
State Senator Bill Brady (R-IL)

Former Governor:
George Ryan GOP Governor, 1999-2002
IN  
  Mitch Daniels
First Elected 2004;
Re-elected, 2008
Republican Next Election: 2012
Former Governors:
Joseph Kernan Dem. Governor, 2003
Evan Bayh Dem. Governor, 1989-96
Frank O'Bannon Dem. Governor, 1997-2003
KS  
  Mark Parkinson
Replaced Kathleen Sebelius
First elected 2002;
Re-elected, 2006;
Appointed to Obama's Cabinet in 2009.
Democrat Next election: 2010; Challengers:
Sen. Sam Brownback (R)
Tom Holland (D)

Former Governor: Bill Graves GOP Governor, 1995-2002
KY  
  Steve Beshear
First Elected 2007
Democrat Next election: 2011
Challengers: State Rep. Bill Farmer (R); State Sen. Damon Thayer (R); State Sen. Pres. David L. Williams (R)
Former Governors:
Ernie Fletcher GOP Gov., elected 2003; lost re-election 2007
Paul Patton Dem. Governor, 1995-2002
Wendell Ford Dem. Governor, 1971-74
LA  
  Bobby Jindal
First elected, 2007
Democrat Next election: 2011
Challengers: Dan Northcutt (I); Caroline Fayard (D)
Former Governors:
Kathleen Blanco Dem. Governor, 2004-2008
Mike Foster GOP Governor, 1996-2004)

MA  
  Deval Patrick
First elected 2006

Click here for
2006 Democratic primary debate
Click here for
2006 Gubernatorial debate
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Christy Mihos (R)
Grace Ross (D)
Dr. Jill Stein (G)
Charlie Baker (R)
State Treasurer Tim Cahill (I)


Previous governors:
Kerry Healey GOP Lt.Gov.
Mitt Romney GOP; elected 2002; retired Nov. 2006, to run for President;
Author: Turnaround
Previous contenders:
Sen. John Kerry Dem. Lt. Gov., 1982-84;
Author: A Call to Service and This Moment on Earth
Robert Reich Dem. primary challenger, 2002;
Author: Locked in the Cabinet
Jill Stein Green challenger, 2002
MD  
  Martin O'Malley
First elected 2006
Democrat Next election 2010
Challenger: Corrogan Vaughn (R)

Former Governors:
Robert Ehrlich GOP governor, 2002-2006
Parris Glendening Dem. Governor, 1995-2002
ME  
  John Baldacci
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Mayor Paul LePage (R)
State Sen. Libby Mitchell (D)
Former Governor:
Angus King Independent Governor, 1995-2002
MI  
  Jennifer Granholm
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R, MI-2)
Former Rep. Joe Schwarz (I, MI-7)
Rick Snyder (R)

Former Governors:
John Engler GOP Governor, 1991-2002
MN  
  Tim Pawlenty
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006
Republican Next election 2010
Former Sen. Mark Dayton (D)
State Rep. Tom Emmer (R)
Former Governors:
Jesse Ventura  Independent Governor, 1999-2002;
Author: Do I Stand Alone? and Ain't Got Time To Bleed
MO  
  Jay Nixon
First elected 2008
Democrat Next Election: 2012
Former Governors: Matt Blunt GOP Governor, 2004-2008
Bob Holden Dem. Governor, 2000-2004
Mel Carnahan Dem. Governor, 1997-2000
John Ashcroft GOP Governor, 1985-93
Kit Bond GOP Governor, 1971-77 & 1981-85
MS  
  Haley Barbour
First elected 2003;
Re-elected 2007
Republican Next election 2011.
Challengers: Att. Gen. Jim Hood (D); state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller (D); ex-Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck (R); Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (R); Sec. of St. Delbert C. Hosemann Jr. (R)
Former Governor:
Ronnie Musgrove Dem. Governor, 2000-2003
MT  
  Brian Schweitzer
First elected 2004; re-elected 2008
Democrat Next Election: 2012
2008 challenger: Stan Jones
Former Governor:
Judy Martz GOP Governor, 2000-2004
NC  
  Bev Perdue
First elected 2008
Democrat Next election: 2012
Former Governor:
Mike Easley
First elected 2000;
re-elected 2004;
Term-limited 2008
ND  
  John Hoeven
First elected 2000;
re-elected 2004 & 2008.
Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple
Assumed governorship when Gov. Hoeven became Senator
Republican Next Election: 2012
Gov. Hoeven running for Senate 2010
NE  
  Dave Heineman
Succeeded Gov. Johanns 2004;
Elected in 2006
Republican Next election 2010; challengers:
Mark Lakers (D)

Former Governors:
Mike Johanns GOP Governor, 2000-2004; appointed to Bush's Cabinet, 2004
Ben Nelson Dem. Governor, 1991-99
Bob Kerrey Dem. Governor, 1983-87
Jim Exon Dem. Governor, 1971-79
NH  
  John Lynch
First elected 2004;
re-elected 2006 & 2008.
Democrat Next Election: 2010
Former Governors:
Craig Benson (GOP Governor, 2002-2004)
Jeanne Shaheen (Dem. Governor, 1997-2002)
Judd Gregg (GOP Governor, 1989-92)
NJ  
  Chris Christie
First elected Nov. 2009.
Republican Next Election: 2013
Election 2009 challengers:
Chris Daggett (I)
New Jersey 2009 gubernatorial debates
Former Governors:
Jon Corzine ((Dem. Governor, 2005-2009)
Richard Codey (Acting Governor 2004-2005)
James McGreevey (Dem. Governor, 2002-2004; resigned Aug. 2004)
Donald DiFrancesco (GOP Governor, 2001-2002)
Thomas Kean (GOP Governor, 1982-1990)
Christie Todd Whitman (GOP Governor, 1994-2001)
NM  
  Bill Richardson
First elected 2002;
re-elected 2006;
ran for president, 2007;
(withdrew Jan. 2008);
Term-limited 2010;
Author: Between Worlds
and Leading By Example
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Susana Martinez (R)
Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D)
Former Governor:
Gary Johnson  (GOP governor, 1995-2002)
NV  
  Jim Gibbons
First elected 2006
Defeated in primary, 2010
Republican Next election 2010; challengers:
Brian Sandoval (R)
Rory Reid (D, son of Sen. Harry Reid)
Former Governors:
Kenny Guinn GOP governor, re-elected 2002
Richard Bryan (Dem. Governor, 1983-89)
NY  
  David Paterson
Elected Lt. Gov. 2006; became Governor March 2008.
Democrat Next election 2010; incumbent retiring. Challengers:
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)
Carl Paladino (R)
Rep. Rick Lazio (R, lost primary)
Gov. Paterson announced March 2010 he will not seek re-election.

Former Governors:
Eliot Spitzer
Resigned in scandal, March 2008.
George Pataki GOP governor, re-elected 2002
Mario Cuomo Dem. Governor, 1982-94;
Author: Reason To Believe
OH  
  Ted Strickland
First elected 2006
Democrat Next election 2010
Challenger: Former Rep. John Kasich (R)

Former Governors:
Bob Taft (GOP Governor, 1999-2006)
George Voinovich (GOP Governor, 1991-98)
Mike DeWine (Dem. Lt. Governor, 1991-95)
Richard Celeste (Dem. Governor, 1983-91)
OK  
  Brad Henry
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Mary Fallin (R, OK-5)

2006 challenger: Ernest Istook (R)
Former Governor:
Frank Keating (GOP Governor, 1995-2002)
OR  
  Ted Kulongoski
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006
Term-limited, 2010
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Chris Dudley (R)
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber
Former Governors:
Mark Hatfield (GOP Governor, 1959-66)
John Kitzhaber (Dem. Governor, 1995-2002)
PA  
  Edward Rendell
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Attorney General Tom Corbett
State Senator Anthony Williams (D-PA); Co. Exec Dan Onorato (D)

Former Governors:
Tom Ridge (GOP Governor, 1995-2001)
Mark Schweiker (GOP Governor, 2001-02)
RI  
  Don Carcieri
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Republican Next election 2010; challengers:
Former State Rep. Victor Moffitt (R)
John Robitaille (R)
Sen. Linc Chafee (I)

Former Governors:
Lincoln Almond (GOP Governor, 1995-2002)
John Chafee (GOP Governor, 1963-66)
SC  
  Mark Sanford
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Republican Next election 2010; challengers:
Nikki Haley (R)
Rep. Gresham Barrett (R, SC-3)

Former Governors:
Jim Hodges (Dem. Governor, 1999-2002)
Ernest Hollings (Dem. Governor, 1959-63)
SD  
  Mike Rounds
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Republican Next election 2010; challengers:
State Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem (D)
Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Former Governor:
Bill Janklow (GOP Governor, 1979-1986, 1995-2002)
TN  
  Phil Bredesen
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Mike McWherter (D)
Mayor Bill Haslam (R)
Rep. Zach Wamp (R, TN-3)

Former Governors:
Don Sundquist (GOP Governor, 1995-2002)
Lamar Alexander (GOP Governor, 1979-87)
TX  
  Rick Perry
Succeeded Gov. Bush, 2001;
Re-elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006
Republican Next election 2010
2010 challengers:
Houston Mayor Bill White (D)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R, lost March 2 primary)
Former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)

2006 challenger:
Chris Bell (D)
Former Governor:
George W. Bush GOP Governor, 1994-2000, elected President, 2000
UT  
  Gary Herbert
Replaces Jon Huntsman
First elected 2004; re-elected 2008.
Appointed as Obama's Ambassador to China in 2009.
Republican Next Election: 2012 for regular 4-year term; 2010 for 2-year term; challengers:
Businessman Richard Martin (R-UT)
Mayor Peter Corroon (D)

Former Governors:
Olene Walker (GOP Governor, 2003-2004)
Mike Leavitt (GOP Governor, 1997-2003; appointed to EPA)
VT  
  James Douglas
Elected 2002;
re-elected 2004; 2006; and 2008;
Retiring 2010.
Republican Next election: 2010; challengers:
Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie (R)
State Sen. Peter Shumlin
Former Governor:
Howard Dean  Dem. Governor, 1991-2002; ran for President, 2004;
Author: Winning Back America
VA  
  Bob McDonnell
First elected 2009.
Republican Next election: 2013
Election challengers 2009:
Creigh Deeds (D)
Virginia 2009 gubernatorial debates
Former Governors:
Tim Kaine (Dem. Governor, 2005-2009)
Mark Warner (Dem. Governor, 2001-2005)
Jim Gilmore (GOP Governor, 1998-2001)
George Allen (GOP Governor, 1994-97)
Chuck Robb (Dem. Governor, 1982-85)
WA  
  Christine Gregoire
First elected 2004; re-elected 2008
Democrat Next election: 2012
Former Governors:
Gary Locke (Dem. Governor, retired 2004)
WI  
  Jim Doyle
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006; retiring 2010
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Barrett (D)
County Executive Scott Walker (R)
2006 challenger: Mark Green (R)
Former Governors:
Scott McCallum  (GOP Governor, 2001-02)
Tommy Thompson (GOP Governor, 1987-2000; ran for President, 2007)
WV  
  Joe Manchin
First elected 2004; re-elected 2008
Democrat Next election 2012
Senate Pres. Earl Ray Tomblin
assumed governorship when Manchin became Senator.

Former Governors:
Bob Wise (Dem. Governor, 2000-2004)
Jay Rockefeller (Dem. Governor, 1976-84)
WY  
  Dave Freudenthal
First elected 2002;
Re-elected 2006;
Term-limited 2010
Democrat Next election 2010; challengers:
Leslie Petersen (D)
Matt Mead (R)
Former Governor:
Jim Geringer (GOP Governor, 1995-2002)


                                                                                                                                                                               
  

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