List of governors of Oregon

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This article lists the individuals who have served as Governor of Oregon between 1841 and 1843 to the present day.

List of Governors[change | change source]

  Democratic (16)       Republican (19)       Independent (1)

Governor Took office Left office Party Terms
[note 1]
1   Gov John Whiteaker.jpg John Whiteaker March 3, 1859 September 10, 1862 Democratic 1
2   Oregon Governor AC Gibbs.jpg A. C. Gibbs September 10, 1862 September 12, 1866 Republican 1
3 George Lemuel Woods portrait.jpg George L. Woods September 12, 1866 September 14, 1870 Republican 1
4 La Fayette Grover - Brady-Handy.jpg La Fayette Grover September 14, 1870 February 1, 1877 Democratic 1 12
[note 2]
5 Oregon Governor Stephen Chadwick.jpg Stephen F. Chadwick February 1, 1877 September 11, 1878 Democratic 12
6 Oregon Governor William Wallace Thayer.jpg W. W. Thayer September 11, 1878 September 13, 1882 Democratic 1
7 Zenas Ferry Moody (1903).jpg Z. F. Moody September 13, 1882 January 12, 1887 Republican 1
8 Governor Sylvester Pennoyer.jpg Sylvester Pennoyer January 12, 1887 January 14, 1895 Democratic 2
9 OrGovWPLord.jpg William Paine Lord January 14, 1895 January 9, 1899 Republican 1
10 Oregon Governor TT Geer.jpg T. T. Geer January 9, 1899 January 15, 1903 Republican 1
11 George E Chamberlain.jpg George Chamberlain January 15, 1903 March 1, 1909 Democratic 1 13
[note 2]
12 Frank W. Benson 1910.JPG Frank W. Benson March 1, 1909 June 17, 1910 Republican 13
[note 3]
13 Oregon Governor Jay Bowerman.jpg Jay Bowerman June 17, 1910 January 11, 1911 Republican 13
14 Oswald West.jpg Oswald West January 11, 1911 January 12, 1915 Democratic 1
15 Withycombe.jpg James Withycombe January 12, 1915 March 3, 1919 Republican 1 12
[note 4]
16 Ben W Olcott.jpg Ben W. Olcott March 3, 1919 January 8, 1923 Republican 12
17 Walter M. Pierce Oregon.jpg Walter M. Pierce January 8, 1923 January 10, 1927 Democratic 1
18 Isaac L. Patterson.jpg I. L. Patterson January 10, 1927 December 21, 1929 Republican 12
[note 4]
19 A. W. Norblad as circuit judge.jpg A. W. Norblad December 21, 1929 January 12, 1931 Republican 12
20 Julius L. Meier 1911.png Julius L. Meier January 12, 1931 January 14, 1935 Independent 1
21 Charles H Martin.jpg Charles H. Martin January 14, 1935 January 9, 1939 Democratic 1
22 Charles A. Sprague.jpg Charles A. Sprague January 9, 1939 January 11, 1943 Republican 1
23 Earl Snell.jpg Earl Snell January 11, 1943 October 30, 1947 Republican 1 13
[note 4]
24 John Hubert Hall.jpg John H. Hall October 30, 1947 January 10, 1949 Republican 13
25 Douglas McKay.png Douglas McKay January 10, 1949 December 27, 1952 Republican 13 + ​12
[note 5]
26 Paul Patterson.jpg Paul L. Patterson December 27, 1952 February 1, 1956 Republican 12 + ​13
[note 4]
27 Elmo Smith.jpg Elmo Smith February 1, 1956 January 14, 1957 Republican 13
28 Robert D. Holmes.jpg Robert D. Holmes January 14, 1957 January 12, 1959 Democratic 13
29 Mark Hatfield – 1967.jpg Mark Hatfield January 12, 1959 January 9, 1967 Republican 2
30 Tom McCall 2.jpg Tom McCall January 9, 1967 January 13, 1975 Republican 2
31 Bob Straub.jpg Robert W. Straub January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979 Democratic 1
32 Victor Atiyeh in 1986.jpg Victor Atiyeh January 8, 1979 January 12, 1987 Republican 2
33 Neil Goldschmidt.jpg Neil Goldschmidt January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991 Democratic 1
34 Governor Barbara Roberts.jpg Barbara Roberts January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995 Democratic 1
35 Governor Kitzhaber.jpg John Kitzhaber January 9, 1995 January 13, 2003 Democratic 2
36 Ted kulongoski.jpg Ted Kulongoski January 13, 2003 January 10, 2011 Democratic 2
37 Governor Kitzhaber.jpg John Kitzhaber January 10, 2011 February 18, 2015 Democratic 1 12
[note 6]
[note 7]
38 Kate Brown in 2017.jpg Kate Brown February 18, 2015 Incumbent Democratic 1 12

References[change | change source]

  1. The fractional terms of some governors are not to be understood absolutely literally; rather, they are meant to show single terms during which multiple governors served, due to resignations, deaths and the like.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate
  3. Resigned due to ill health
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Died while in office
  5. Resigned to take the position as United States Secretary of the Interior
  6. Also served two consecutive terms from 1995 to 2003.
  7. Resigned due to an ethics scandal.