Governors of Maine

History of Maine Governors

Maine is one of the oldest states in the United States and was admitted in 1820 as the 23rd state in the country. This state has a long line of governors that span several political parties. The first governor of Maine was William King, who belonged to the Democratic-Republican Party. His term was short-lived, lasting only a year before he resigned. Short official terms have plagued the Maine governors from the early days, with many officials serving a year or less before leaving the office or being defeated when attempting reelection. Governors have represented the National Republic and Whig Parties and the traditional Democratic and Republican Parties known today.

Between 1855 and 1967, Maine saw an overwhelming amount of Republican governors, but beginning in 1967, the political scene began to change. Although Republicans were still occasionally elected, more Independent and Democratic officials started winning elections, creating a more balanced political landscape and history.

Current Maine Governor

The current governor in Maine is Janet Mills, who was elected in 2019. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Before serving as the governor, Janet Mills was the Maine Attorney General, winning two separate occasions. Janet Mills is the state's first female governor. Mills has already announced that she will seek reelection in 2022.

Name Term Start Term End Party
William KingMar 15, 1820May 28, 1821Democratic-Republican
William D. WilliamsonMay 28, 1821Dec 5, 1821Democratic-Republican
Benjamin AmesDec 5, 1821Jan 2, 1822Democratic-Republican
Daniel RoseJan 2, 1822Jan 5, 1822Democratic-Republican
Albion K. ParrisJan 5, 1822Jan 3, 1827Democratic-Republican
Enoch LincolnJan 3, 1827Oct 8, 1829Democratic-Republican
Nathan CutlerOct 8, 1829Jan 6, 1830Democratic
Joshua HallJan 6, 1830Feb 9, 1830Democratic
Jonathan G. HuntonFeb 9, 1830Jan 5, 1831National Republican
Samuel E. SmithJan 5, 1831Jan 1, 1834Democratic
Robert P. DunlapJan 1, 1834Jan 3, 1838Democratic
Edward KentJan 19, 1838Jan 2, 1839Whig
John FairfieldJan 2, 1839Jan 12, 1841Democratic
Richard H. VoseJan 12, 1841Jan 13, 1841Whig
Edward KentJan 13, 1841Jan 5, 1842Whig
John FairfieldJan 5, 1842Mar 7, 1843Democratic
Edward KavanaghMar 7, 1843Jan 1, 1844Democratic
David DunnJan 1, 1844Jan 3, 1844Democratic
John W. DanaJan 3, 1844Jan 3, 1844Democratic
Hugh J. AndersonJan 3, 1844May 12, 1847Democratic
John W. DanaMay 12, 1847May 8, 1850Democratic
John HubbardMay 8, 1850Jan 5, 1853Democratic
William G. CrosbyJan 5, 1853Jan 3, 1855Whig
Anson MorrillJan 3, 1855Jan 2, 1856Republican
Samuel WellsJan 2, 1856Jan 8, 1857Democratic
Hannibal HamlinJan 8, 1857Feb 25, 1857Republican
Joseph H. WilliamsFeb 25, 1857Jan 6, 1858Republican
Lot M. MorrillJan 6, 1858Jan 2, 1861Republican
Israel Washburn, Jr.Jan 2, 1861Jan 7, 1863Republican
Abner CoburnJan 7, 1863Jan 6, 1864Republican
Samuel ConyJan 6, 1864Jan 2, 1867Republican
Joshua ChamberlainJan 2, 1867Jan 4, 1871Republican
Sidney PerhamJan 4, 1871Jan 7, 1874Republican
Nelson Dingley Jr.Jan 7, 1874Jan 5, 1876Republican
Seldon ConnorJan 5, 1876Jan 8, 1879Republican
Alonzo GarcelonJan 8, 1879Jan 17, 1880Democratic
Daniel F. DavisJan 17, 1880Jan 13, 1881Republican
Harris M. PlaistedJan 13, 1881Jan 3, 1883Greenback / Democratic
Frederick RobieJan 3, 1883Jan 5, 1887Republican
Joseph R. BodwellJan 5, 1887Dec 15, 1887Republican
Sebastian Streeter MarbleDec 15, 1887Jan 2, 1889Republican
Edwin C. BurleighJan 2, 1889Jan 4, 1893Republican
Henry B. CleavesJan 4, 1893Jan 2, 1897Republican
Llewellyn PowersJan 2, 1897Jan 2, 1901Republican
John Fremont HillJan 2, 1901Jan 4, 1905Republican
William T. CobbJan 4, 1905Jan 6, 1909Republican
Bert M. FernaldJan 6, 1909Jan 4, 1911Republican
Frederick W. PlaistedJan 4, 1911Jan 1, 1913Democratic
William T. HainesJan 1, 1913Jan 6, 1915Republican
Oakley C. CurtisJan 6, 1915Jan 3, 1917Democratic
Carl MillikenJan 3, 1917Jan 5, 1921Republican
Frederic Hale ParkhurstJan 5, 1921Jan 31, 1921Republican
Percival P. BaxterJan 31, 1921Jan 7, 1925Republican
Owen BrewsterJan 7, 1925Jan 2, 1929Republican
William Tudor GardinerJan 2, 1929Jan 4, 1933Republican
Louis J. BrannJan 4, 1933Jan 6, 1937Democratic
Lewis O. BarrowsJan 6, 1937Jan 1, 1941Republican
Sumner SewallJan 1, 1941Jan 3, 1945Republican
Horace HildrethJan 3, 1945Jan 5, 1949Republican
Frederick G. PayneJan 5, 1949Dec 24, 1952Republican
Burton M. CrossDec 24, 1952Jan 6, 1953Republican
Nathaniel M. HaskellJan 6, 1953Jan 7, 1953Republican
Burton M. CrossJan 7, 1953Jan 5, 1955Republican
Edmund MuskieJan 5, 1955Jan 2, 1959Democratic
Robert HaskellJan 2, 1959Jan 7, 1959Republican
Clinton ClausonJan 7, 1959Dec 30, 1959Democratic
John H. ReedDec 30, 1959Jan 5, 1967Republican
Kenneth M. CurtisJan 5, 1967Jan 2, 1975Democratic
James B. LongleyJan 2, 1975Jan 3, 1979Independent
Jan 3, 1979Jan 7, 1987Democratic
Jan 7, 1987Jan 5, 1995Republican
Angus KingJan 5, 1995Jan 8, 2003Independent
John BaldacciJan 8, 2003Jan 5, 2011Democratic
Paul LePageJan 5, 2011Jan 2, 2019Republican
Jan 2, 2019-Democratic