Governors of Idaho

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Term Start
Term End
Brad LittleJan 7, 2019-Republican
Butch OtterJan 1, 2007Jan 7, 2019Republican
Jim RischMay 26, 2006Jan 1, 2007Republican
Dirk KempthorneJan 4, 1999May 26, 2006Republican
Phil BattJan 2, 1995Jan 4, 1999Republican
Cecil AndrusJan 5, 1987Jan 2, 1995Democratic
John V. EvansJan 24, 1977Jan 5, 1987Democratic
Cecil AndrusJan 4, 1971Jan 24, 1977Democratic
Don SamuelsonJan 2, 1967Jan 4, 1971Republican
Robert E. SmylieJan 3, 1955Jan 2, 1967Republican
Leonard B. JordanJan 1, 1951Jan 3, 1955Republican
C. A. RobinsJan 6, 1947Jan 1, 1951Republican
Arnold WilliamsNov 17, 1945Jan 6, 1947Democratic
Charles C. GossettJan 1, 1945Nov 17, 1945Democratic
C. A. BottolfsenJan 4, 1943Jan 1, 1945Republican
Chase A. ClarkJan 6, 1941Jan 4, 1943Democratic
C. A. BottolfsenJan 2, 1939Jan 6, 1941Republican
Barzilla W. ClarkJan 4, 1937Jan 2, 1939Democratic
C. Ben RossJan 5, 1931Jan 4, 1937Democratic
H. C. BaldridgeJan 3, 1927Jan 5, 1931Republican
Charles C. MooreJan 1, 1923Jan 3, 1927Republican
D. W. DavisJan 6, 1919Jan 1, 1923Republican
Moses AlexanderJan 4, 1915Jan 6, 1919Democratic
John M. HainesJan 6, 1913Jan 4, 1915Republican
James H. HawleyJan 2, 1911Jan 6, 1913Democratic
James H. BradyJan 4, 1909Jan 2, 1911Republican
Frank R. GoodingJan 2, 1905Jan 4, 1909Republican
John T. MorrisonJan 5, 1903Jan 2, 1905Republican
Frank W. HuntJan 7, 1901Jan 5, 1903Democratic
Frank SteunenbergJan 4, 1897Jan 7, 1901Democratic
William J. McConnellJan 2, 1893Jan 4, 1897Republican
N. B. WilleyDec 18, 1890Jan 2, 1893Republican
George L. ShoupOct 1, 1890Dec 18, 1890Republican
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History of Idaho Governors

A relatively late addition to the United States, the first governor of Idaho didn't serve until 1890. Acting as a territory beforehand, there were 12 different governors who helped manage the territory. The first two governors of Idaho were appointed by Abraham Lincoln to their position. George L. Shoup served as the first governor of this state and represented the Republican Party. He was also the acting governor when Idaho was last a territory. Since Shoup, there have been 31 different governors. Both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are represented throughout history, with 21 total Republicans showing a heavy weighting toward this political party.

Although the early years of governors in this state shifted between political parties, recently, the Republicans have held dominance in the state. There has been a Republican governor in Idaho since 1995. Interesting note, there has never been a female governor in Idaho.

Current Idaho Governor

The current governor of Idaho is Brad Little, who began serving as governor in 2019. Little represents the Republican Party, continuing a line of traditionally Republican leaders in this state. Brad Little was previously a member of the Idaho Senate before serving as Lieutenant Governor before his election. Little won his election handily, beating the competitor by over 130,000 votes.

Current Governor
Brad Little
Governor Since
Jan 7, 2019
# of Governors Since Statehood

Which party is the current governor of Idaho?

The current governor of Idaho is Brad Little, a Republican.

How many governors has Idaho had?

There have been 31 governors of Idaho, 11 Democrats, 20 Republicans, and 0 from other parties.

When was the last Republican governor in Idaho?

The last Republican governor in Idaho is Brad Little, who has served from 2019 to the present day.

When was the last Democrat governor in Idaho?

The last Democrat governor in Idaho was Cecil Andrus, who served from 1987 to 1995.

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