List of Governors of North Dakota

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The Governor of North Dakota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The current Governor is Doug Burgum. The Governor has the power to sign or veto laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly into emergency session. The Governor is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. He has an ex officio North Dakota Governor's Residence. There are no limits on the number of terms a governor may serve.

The following is a list of Governors of the state of North Dakota, United States.

Governors of Dakota Territory[edit]

Governors of North Dakota[edit]

Parties

  Republican (16)   Democratic-Independent (1)   Democratic (3)   Republican/NPL (7)   Republican/IVA (2)   Democratic-NPL (3)

# Picture Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Party Lt. Governor Notes
1 John Miller (North Dakota Governor).jpg   John Miller
(1843–1908)
November 20, 1889 January 7, 1891 Republican   Alfred Dickey
2 Andrew H. Burke (North Dakota Governor).jpg   Andrew H. Burke
(1850–1918)
January 7, 1891 January 3, 1893 Republican   Roger Allin
3 Eli Shortridge.jpg   Eli C. D. Shortridge
(1830–1908)
January 3, 1893 January 10, 1895 Democratic-Independent   Elmer D. Wallace
4 Roger Allin (North Dakota Governor).jpg   Roger Allin
(1848–1936)
January 10, 1895 January 6, 1897 Republican   John H. Worst [note 1]
5 Frank A. Briggs (North Dakota Governor).jpg   Frank A. Briggs
(1858–1898)
January 6, 1897 August 9, 1898 Republican   Joseph M. Devine
6 No image.svg   Joseph M. Devine
(1861–1938)
August 9, 1898 January 3, 1899 Republican   no lieutenant governor [note 1]
7 No image.svg   Frederick B. Fancher
(1852–1944)
January 3, 1899 January 10, 1901 Republican   no lieutenant governor
8 Frank White, governor of North Dakota.gif   Frank White
(1856–1940)
January 10, 1901 January 4, 1905 Republican   David Bartlett [note 2]
9 Elmore Y. Sarles.gif   Elmore Y. Sarles
(1859–1929)
January 4, 1905 January 9, 1907 Republican   David Bartlett
10 JohnBurke1908.png   John Burke
(1859–1937)
January 9, 1907 January 8, 1913 Democratic   Robert S. Lewis
Usher L. Burdick
[note 2][note 3]
11 LouisBHanna.jpg   L. B. Hanna
(1861–1948)
January 8, 1913 January 3, 1917 Republican   Anton T. Kraabel
John H. Fraine
[note 4]
12 Lynn Frazier.jpg   Lynn Frazier
(1874–1947)
January 3, 1917 November 23, 1921 Republican/NPL   Anton T. Kraabel
Howard R. Wood
[note 5]
13 RagnvaldANestos.jpg   Ragnvald A. Nestos
(1877–1942)
November 23, 1921 January 7, 1925 Republican/IVA   Howard R. Wood
Frank H. Hyland
14 ArthurGSorlie.jpg   Arthur G. Sorlie
(1874–1928)
January 7, 1925 August 28, 1928 Republican/NPL   Walter Maddock
15 No image.svg   Walter Maddock
(1880–1951)
August 28, 1928 January 9, 1929 Republican/NPL   no lieutenant governor [note 1]
16 No image.svg   George F. Shafer
(1888–1948)
January 9, 1929 December 31, 1932 Republican/IVA   John W. Carr [note 1]
17 William Langer.jpg   William Langer
(1886–1959)
December 31, 1932 June 21, 1934 Republican/NPL   John W. Carr
Ole H. Olson
[note 6]
18 No image.svg   Ole H. Olson
(1872–1954)
June 21, 1934 January 7, 1935 Republican/NPL   no lieutenant governor [note 1]
19 No image.svg   Thomas H. Moodie
(1878–1948)
January 7, 1935 February 2, 1935 Democratic   Walter Welford
20 No image.svg   Walter Welford
(1868–1952)
February 2, 1935 January 6, 1937 Republican/NPL   no lieutenant governor [note 1]
21 William Langer.jpg   William Langer
(1886–1959)
January 6, 1937 January 5, 1939 Republican/NPL   Thorstein H. H. Thoresen [note 5][note 6]
22 John Moses.jpg   John Moses
(1885–1945)
January 5, 1939 January 4, 1945 Democratic   Jack A. Patterson (Republican)
Oscar W. Hagen (Republican)
Henry Holt (Democratic)
[note 5]
23 No image.svg   Fred G. Aandahl
(1897–1966)
January 4, 1945 January 3, 1951 Republican   Clarence P. Dahl [note 4]
24 Clarence Brunsdale.jpg   Clarence Norman Brunsdale
(1891–1978)
January 3, 1951 January 9, 1957 Republican   Ray Schnell
Clarence P. Dahl
[note 5]
25 John E. Davis in 1969 Civil Defense film.png   John E. Davis
(1913–1990)
January 9, 1957 January 4, 1961 Republican   Francis Clyde Duffy
Clarence P. Dahl
26 William L. Guy North Dakota Governor 1968.jpg   William L. Guy
(1919–2013)
January 4, 1961 January 2, 1973 Democratic-NPL   Orville W. Hagen (Republican)
Frank A. Wenstrom (Republican)
Charles Tighe (Democratic)
Richard F. Larsen (Republican)
27 Arthur A. Link.jpg   Arthur A. Link
(1914–2010)
January 2, 1973 January 6, 1981 Democratic-NPL   Wayne G. Sanstead [note 4]
28 Allen Olson.jpg   Allen I. Olson
(b. 1938)
January 6, 1981 January 1, 1985 Republican   Ernest Sands
29 No image.svg   George A. Sinner
(1928–2018)
January 1, 1985 December 15, 1992 Democratic-NPL   Ruth Meiers
Lloyd Omdahl
30 SchaferEd-official.jpg   Ed Schafer
(b. 1946)
December 15, 1992 December 15, 2000 Republican   Rosemarie Myrdal [note 7]
31 John Hoeven, Official Senate Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg   John Hoeven
(b. 1957)
December 15, 2000 December 7, 2010 Republican   Jack Dalrymple [note 5]
32 Jack Dalrymple 2013.jpg   Jack Dalrymple
(b. 1948)
December 7, 2010 December 15, 2016 Republican   Drew Wrigley [note 1]
33 Gov. Doug Burgum presents an award (cropped).jpg   Doug Burgum
(b. 1956)
December 15, 2016 Incumbent Republican   Brent Sanford

Other high offices held[edit]

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented North Dakota except where noted.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Frank White 1901–1905 Treasurer of the United States
John Burke 1907–1913 Treasurer of the United States
L. B. Hanna 1913–1917 H
Lynn Frazier 1917–1921 S
William Langer 1932–1934
1937–1939
S
John Moses 1939–1945 S
Fred G. Aandahl 1945–1951 H United States Assistant Secretary of the Interior
Clarence Norman Brunsdale 1951–1957 S
Arthur A. Link 1973–1981 H
Ed Schafer 1992–2000 United States Secretary of Agriculture
John Hoeven 2000–2010 S

Living former U.S. governors of North Dakota[edit]

As of March 2018, four former governors of North Dakota are alive. The oldest living former governor is Allen I. Olson (served 1981–85, born 1938). The most recent death of a former governor was George A. Sinner (served 1985–1992, born 1928), who died on March 9, 2018.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Allen I. Olson 1981–1985 (1938-11-05) November 5, 1938 (age 79)
Ed Schafer 1992–2000 (1946-08-08) August 8, 1946 (age 72)
John Hoeven 2000–2010 (1957-03-13) March 13, 1957 (age 61)
Jack Dalrymple 2010–2016 (1948-10-16) October 16, 1948 (age 69)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Served as Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota prior to term as Governor
  2. ^ a b Served as Treasurer of the United States after term as Governor
  3. ^ Served as Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court after term as Governor
  4. ^ a b c Served in the United States House of Representatives after term as Governor
  5. ^ a b c d e Served in the United States Senate after term as Governor
  6. ^ a b Served two nonconsecutive terms as Governor
  7. ^ Served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture after term as Governor

See also[edit]

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