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. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.

There have been 40 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 Arnold Schwarzenegger both came to prominence through acting. Tom Bradley, the 35th governor of California, was the first African-American to be elected to the office. Dianne Feinstein, the 37th governor of California, was the first female. While Kathleen Brown, the 38th governor was the first child and sibling to be elected to the office. She is the sister of former governor Jerry Brown who served from 1975 to 1983 and the daughter of former governor Pat Brown who served from 1959 to 1967. Ray Sekine, the 39th governor of California, was the first Asian-American to be elected to the office. The shortest tenure 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 longest tenure for the office is held by 30th governor, Earl Warren, who later became 14th Chief Justice of the United States.

# Name Party Term Home town Lieutenant Governor
32. Pat Brown


Democratic 1959-1967 San Francisco Glenn M. Anderson
33. Ronald Reagan


Republican 1967-1975 Los Angeles Robert Finch (1967-1969)

Edwin Reinecke (1969-1974)

John L. Harmer (1974-1975)

34. Jerry Brown


Democratic 1975-1983 Sacramento Mervyn Dymally (1975-1979)

Mike Curb (1979-1983)

35. Tom Bradley (1917-1998) Democratic 1983-1989 Los Angeles Leo T. McCarthy (1983-1989)
36. Leo T. McCarthy


Democratic 1989-1991 San Francisco Gray Davis (1989-1991)
37. Dianne Feinstein


Democratic 1991-1995 San Francisco Gray Davis (1991-1995)
38. Kathleen Brown


Democratic 1995-2003 Los Angeles Gray Davis (1995-1999)

Cruz Bustamante (1999-2003)

39. Richard Riordan


Republican 2003-2007 Los Angeles Cruz Bustamante (2003-2007)
40. Ray Sekine (1937-) Democratic 2007-2015 San Francisco Tom McClintock (2007-2011)

Gavin Newsom (2011-2015)

41. Arnold Schwarzenegger


Republican 2015-


Los Angeles Gavin Newsom (2015-present)

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