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The governor of North Dakota is the head of government of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The current officeholder is Republican Doug Burgum. The Governor of North Dakota has the power to sign or veto laws and to call the Legislative Assembly into emergency session. The officeholder, who is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, has an ex officio residence. There are no limits on the number of terms a governor may serve.

The following is a list of governors of North Dakota.

Governors of Dakota Territory

Main article: List of Governors of Dakota Territory

Governors of North Dakota

No. Governor
(Birth–Death)
Term in office Party Election Lieutenant Governor
(Party of Lt. Gov. noted if not the same)
  Republican (16)

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

1
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  John Miller
(1843–1908)
November 20, 1889

January 7, 1891
Republican 1889   Alfred Dickey
2
Andrew H. Burke (North Dakota Governor).jpg
  Andrew H. Burke
(1850–1918)
January 7, 1891

January 3, 1893
Republican 1890   Roger Allin
3
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  Eli C. D. Shortridge
(1830–1908)
January 3, 1893

January 10, 1895
Democratic-Independent 1892   Elmer D. Wallace
4
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  Roger Allin
(1848–1936)
January 10, 1895

January 6, 1897
Republican 1894   John H. Worst
5
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  Frank A. Briggs
(1858–1898)
January 6, 1897

August 9, 1898
Republican 1896   Joseph M. Devine
6
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  Joseph M. Devine
(1861–1938)
August 9, 1898

January 3, 1899
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
No Lieutenant Governor
7
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  Frederick B. Fancher
(1852–1944)
January 3, 1899

January 10, 1901
Republican 1898 No Lieutenant Governor
8
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  Frank White
(1856–1940)
January 10, 1901

January 4, 1905
Republican 1900   David Bartlett
1902
9
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  Elmore Y. Sarles
(1859–1929)
January 4, 1905

January 9, 1907
Republican 1904
10
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  John Burke
(1859–1937)
January 9, 1907

January 8, 1913
Democratic 1906   Robert S. Lewis
1908
1910   Usher L. Burdick
11
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  L. B. Hanna
(1861–1948)
January 8, 1913

January 3, 1917
Republican 1912   Anton Kraabel
1914   John H. Fraine
12
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  Lynn Frazier
(1874–1947)
January 3, 1917

November 23, 1921
Republican/NPL 1916   Anton Kraabel
1918   Howard R. Wood
1920
13
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  Ragnvald A. Nestos
(1877–1942)
November 23, 1921

January 7, 1925
Republican/IVA 1921
(special)
1922   Frank H. Hyland
14
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  Arthur G. Sorlie
(1874–1928)
January 7, 1925

August 28, 1928
Republican/NPL 1924   Walter Maddock
1926
15
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  Walter Maddock
(1880–1951)
August 28, 1928

January 9, 1929
Republican/NPL Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
No Lieutenant Governor
16
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  George F. Shafer
(1888–1948)
January 9, 1929

December 31, 1932
Republican/IVA 1928   John W. Carr
1930
17
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  William Langer
(1886–1959)
December 31, 1932

June 21, 1934
Republican/NPL 1932   Ole H. Olson
18
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  Ole H. Olson
(1872–1954)
June 21, 1934

January 7, 1935
Republican/NPL Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
No Lieutenant Governor
19
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  Thomas H. Moodie
(1878–1948)
January 7, 1935

February 2, 1935
Democratic 1934   Walter Welford
20
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  Walter Welford
(1868–1952)
February 2, 1935

January 6, 1937
Republican/NPL Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
No Lieutenant Governor
21
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  William Langer
(1886–1959)
January 6, 1937

January 5, 1939
Republican/NPL 1936   Thorstein H. H. Thoresen
22
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  John Moses
(1885–1945)
January 5, 1939

January 4, 1945
Democratic 1938   Jack A. Patterson
1940   Oscar W. Hagen
1942   Henry Holt
23
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  Fred G. Aandahl
(1897–1966)
January 4, 1945

January 3, 1951
Republican 1944   Clarence P. Dahl
1946
1948
24
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  Norman Brunsdale
(1891–1978)
January 3, 1951

January 9, 1957
Republican 1950   Ray Schnell
1952   Clarence P. Dahl
1954
25
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  John E. Davis
(1913–1990)
January 9, 1957

January 4, 1961
Republican 1956   Francis Clyde Duffy
  Clarence P. Dahl
26
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  William L. Guy
(1919–2013)
January 4, 1961

January 2, 1973
Democratic-NPL 1960   Orville W. Hagen
  Frank A. Wenstrom
1964   Charles Tighe
1968   Richard F. Larsen
27
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  Arthur A. Link
(1914–2010)
January 2, 1973

January 6, 1981
Democratic-NPL 1972   Wayne Sanstead
1976
28
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  Allen I. Olson
(b. 1938)
January 6, 1981

January 1, 1985
Republican 1980   Ernest Sands
29
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  George A. Sinner
(1928–2018)
January 1, 1985

December 15, 1992
Democratic-NPL 1984   Ruth Meiers
1988   Lloyd Omdahl
30
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  Ed Schafer
(b. 1946)
December 15, 1992

December 15, 2000
Republican 1992   Rosemarie Myrdal
1996
31
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  John Hoeven
(b. 1957)
December 15, 2000

December 7, 2010[1]
Republican 2000   Jack Dalrymple
2004
2008
32
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  Jack Dalrymple
(b. 1948)
December 7, 2010

December 15, 2016
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
  Drew Wrigley
2012
33
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  Doug Burgum
(b. 1956)
December 15, 2016

Incumbent
Republican 2016   Brent Sanford
2020

Succession

Main article: Gubernatorial lines of succession in the United States § North Dakota

Other high offices held

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
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 governors of North Dakota

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 84)
Ed Schafer 1992–2000 (1946-08-08) August 8, 1946 (age 76)
John Hoeven 2000–2010 (1957-03-13) March 13, 1957 (age 65)
Jack Dalrymple 2010–2016 (1948-10-16) October 16, 1948 (age 74)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Hoeven resigned to take an elected seat in the United States Senate; he was succeeded by Jack Dalrymple.