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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|
|Democratic||1959-1967||San Francisco||Glenn M. Anderson|
|Republican||1967-1975||Los Angeles||Robert Finch (1967-1969)
Edwin Reinecke (1969-1974)
John L. Harmer (1974-1975)
|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)|
|Democratic||1991-1995||San Francisco||Gray Davis (1991-1995)|
|Democratic||1995-2003||Los Angeles||Gray Davis (1995-1999)
Cruz Bustamante (1999-2003)
|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)
|Los Angeles||Gavin Newsom (2015-present)|