List of governors of Nebraska

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Governor of Nebraska
Seal of Nebraska.svg
Seal of Nebraska
Pete Ricketts by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Pete Ricketts

since January 8, 2015
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceNebraska Governor's Mansion
Term length4 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderDavid Butler
FormationConstitution of Nebraska
Salary$105,000 (2013)[1]

The Governor of Nebraska holds the "supreme executive power" of the U.S. state of Nebraska. The current office holder is Pete Ricketts, a Republican, who was sworn in on January 8, 2015.

List of State Governors[change | change source]

Parties

  Republican (26)   Democratic (12)   Fusion (Democratic/Populist) (2)

# Governor
(Birth–Death)
Party Took office Left office Lt. Governor Notes
1 Hon. David Butler. Governor Nebraska - NARA - 528665.jpg   David Butler
(1829–1891)
Republican February 21, 1867 June 2, 1871 None [2]
William H. James.gif   William H. James
(1831–1920)
Republican June 2, 1871 January 13, 1873 None Secretary of State[3]
2 Robert Wilkinson Furnace.jpg   Robert Wilkinson Furnas
(1824–1905)
Republican January 13, 1873 January 11, 1875 None
3 Silas Garber published 1913.jpg   Silas Garber
(1833–1905)
Republican January 11, 1875 January 9, 1879 None
Othman A. Abbott
4 Albinus Nance.jpg   Albinus Nance
(1848–1911)
Republican January 9, 1879 January 4, 1883 Edmund C. Carns
5 James William Dawes.jpg   James W. Dawes
(1844–1918)
Republican January 4, 1883 January 6, 1887 Alfred W. Agee
Hibbard H. Shedd
6 John Milton Thayer - Brady-Handy.jpg   John Milton Thayer
(1820–1906)
Republican January 6, 1887 February 8, 1892 Hibbard H. Shedd
George D. Meiklejohn
Thomas J. Majors
[4]
7 James E Boyd Nebraska Governor.jpg   James E. Boyd
(1834–1906)
Democratic February 8, 1892 January 13, 1893 Thomas J. Majors [4]
8 Lorenzo Crounse - Brady-Handy.jpg   Lorenzo Crounse
(1834–1909)
Republican January 13, 1893 January 3, 1895 Thomas J. Majors
9 Silas A. Holcomb.jpg   Silas A. Holcomb
(1858–1920)
Fusion
(Democratic/Populist)
January 3, 1895 January 5, 1899 Robert E. Moore
James E. Harris
10 William.A.Poynter.gif   William A. Poynter
(1848–1909)
Fusion
(Democratic/Populist)
January 5, 1899 January 3, 1901 Edward A. Gilbert
11 Charles Henry Dietrich.jpg   Charles H. Dietrich
(1853–1924)
Republican January 3, 1901 May 1, 1901 Ezra P. Savage Resigned[5]
12 Ezra Savage ca 1901 (sketch).jpg   Ezra P. Savage
(1842–1920)
Republican May 1, 1901 January 8, 1903 None Lt-Gov.[6]
13 John H. Mickey2.jpg   John H. Mickey
(1845–1910)
Republican January 8, 1903 January 3, 1907 Edmund G. McGilton
14 GeorgeLSheldon.jpg   George L. Sheldon
(1870–1960)
Republican January 3, 1907 January 7, 1909 Melville R. Hopewell
15 AshtonShallenberger.jpg   Ashton C. Shallenberger
(1862–1938)
Democratic January 7, 1909 January 5, 1911 Melville R. Hopewell
16 Chester Aldrich cph.3b35048.jpg   Chester H. Aldrich
(1863–1924)
Republican January 5, 1911 January 9, 1913 Melville R. Hopewell
17 JohnHMorehead.jpg   John H. Morehead
(1861–1942)
Democratic January 9, 1913 January 4, 1917 Samuel R. McKelvie (Republican)
James Pearson (Democratic)
18 KeithNeville.jpg   Keith Neville
(1884–1959)
Democratic January 4, 1917 January 9, 1919 Edgar Howard
19 SamuelMcKelvie.jpg   Samuel R. McKelvie
(1881–1956)
Republican January 9, 1919 January 3, 1923 Pelham A. Barrows
20 CharlesBryan.png   Charles W. Bryan
(1867–1945)
Democratic January 3, 1923 January 8, 1925 Fred G. Johnson (Republican)
21 Adam McMullen 1928.jpg   Adam McMullen
(1872–1959)
Republican January 8, 1925 January 3, 1929 George A. Williams
22 Arthur J. Weaver.jpg   Arthur J. Weaver
(1873–1945)
Republican January 3, 1929 January 8, 1931 George A. Williams
23 CharlesBryan.png   Charles W. Bryan
(1867–1945)
Democratic January 8, 1931 January 3, 1935 Theodore Metcalfe (Republican)
Walter H. Jurgensen (Democratic)
24 Gov. Roy L. Cochran.jpg   Robert Leroy Cochran
(1886–1963)
Democratic January 3, 1935 January 9, 1941 Walter H. Jurgensen (Democratic)
Nate M. Parsons (Democratic)
William E. Johnson (Republican)
25 Dwight P. Griswold (1893–1954).jpg   Dwight Griswold
(1893–1954)
Republican January 9, 1941 January 9, 1947 William E. Johnson
Roy W. Johnson
26 Val Peterson.jpg   Val Peterson
(1903–1983)
Republican January 9, 1947 January 8, 1953 Robert B. Crosby
Charles J. Warner
27 Robert Crosby (Governor of Nebraska).jpg   Robert B. Crosby
(1911–2000)
Republican January 8, 1953 January 6, 1955 Charles J. Warner
28 Gov. Victor Andeson.jpg   Victor E. Anderson
(1902–1962)
Republican January 6, 1955 January 8, 1959 Charles J. Warner
Dwight W. Burney
29 Ralph G. Brooks.jpg   Ralph G. Brooks
(1898–1960)
Democratic January 8, 1959 September 9, 1960 Dwight W. Burney Died.[7]
30 Dwight W. Burney.jpg   Dwight W. Burney
(1892–1987)
Republican September 9, 1960 January 5, 1961 Dwight W. Burney Lt-Gov.[6]
31 Gov. Frank Morrison.jpg   Frank B. Morrison
(1905–2004)
Democratic January 5, 1961 January 5, 1967 Dwight W. Burney (Republican)
Philip C. Sorensen (Democratic)
32 Gov. Norbert Tiemann.jpg   Norbert Tiemann
(1924–2012)
Republican January 5, 1967 January 7, 1971 John E. Everroad
33 1979 p80 J James Exon.jpg   J. James Exon
(1921–2005)
Democratic January 7, 1971 January 4, 1979 Frank Marsh (Republican)
Gerald T. Whelan (Democratic)
34 Charles Thone 1977 congressional photo.jpg   Charles Thone
(1924–2018)
Republican January 4, 1979 January 6, 1983 Roland A. Luedtke
35 Senator Bob Kerrey.jpg   J. Robert Kerrey
(b. 1943)
Democratic January 6, 1983 January 9, 1987 Donald F. McGinley
36 Kay A. Orr.jpg   Kay A. Orr
(b. 1939)
Republican January 9, 1987 January 9, 1991 William E. Nichol [8]
37 Ben Nelson official photo.jpg   Ben Nelson
(b. 1941)
Democratic January 9, 1991 January 7, 1999 Maxine B. Moul
Kim M. Robak
38 Mike Johanns official Senate photo.jpg   Mike Johanns
(b. 1950)
Republican January 7, 1999 January 20, 2005 David I. Maurstad
David Heineman
Resigned[9]
39 Dave Heineman official photo (cropped).jpg   Dave Heineman
(b. 1948)
Republican January 20, 2005 January 8, 2015 Rick Sheehy
Lavon Heidemann
John E. Nelson
Lt-Gov.[10]
40 Pete Ricketts by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg   Pete Ricketts
(b. 1964)
Republican January 8, 2015 Incumbent[11] Mike Foley

References[change | change source]

  1. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. Elected, but not inaugurated, before Nebraska's statehood. Impeached and removed from office for misappropriation of state funds; the impeachment was expunged six years later.
  3. As state secretary of state, acted as governor for unexpired term.
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Boyd won the 1890 election, and was sworn in on January 8, 1891. However, due to a question of his U.S. citizenship and eligibility for the office, he did not take office until February 8, 1892.
  5. Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate.
  6. 6.0 6.1 As lieutenant governor, became governor for unexpired term.
  7. Died in office.
  8. First and (as of June 2016) only female governor of Nebraska
  9. Resigned to become United States Secretary of Agriculture.
  10. As lieutenant governor, succeeded to the office of governor for Johann's unexpired term, and was later elected in his own right.
  11. Ricketts' second term began January 10, 2019, and will expire January 2023