Governors of Nebraska

Nebraska joined the United States in the middle of the 19th century, shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War. Since that time, Nebraska has had a total of 40 governors. The current governor is Pete Ricketts, and he has been in office since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party, and he took over for Dave Heineman, who served as the governor of Nebraska from 2005 to 2015. Nebraska has had several Republican Governors recently, with Heineman’s predecessor, Mike Johanns, also a member of the Republican Party.

Who Was the Last Democratic Governor of Nebraska?

The last Democratic governor of Nebraska was Ben Nelson, who served two terms as the governor of Nebraska from 1991 to 1999. After he left office, Mike Johanns took over as the governor of Nebraska, serving from 1999 to 2005. He resigned his position, and Dave Heineman took over as the governor of Nebraska. He finished out the inclusion of Mike Johann’s final term, and was then elected to the office of the governor twice, serving for a total of 10 years. When he left office, another Republican, Pete Ricketts, took over. He has been the governor of Nebraska since 2015.

Who Was the First Governor of Nebraska?

The very first governor of Nebraska was David Butler. He was a member of the Republican party, and he served as the governor of Nebraska from 1867 to 1871. He was the first in a string of Republican governors from Nebraska, as the Republican Party held the office from 1867 to 1892. The first Democratic governor of Nebraska was James Boyd, but he was only in office for one year, serving from 1892 to 1893. After he left office, another Republican governor, Lorenzo Crounse, took over as the governor of Nebraska, serving from 1893 to 1895.

Name Term Start Term End Party
David ButlerFeb 21, 1867Jun 2, 1871Republican
William H. JamesJun 2, 1871Jan 13, 1873Republican
Robert Wilkinson FurnasJan 13, 1873Jan 11, 1875Republican
Silas GarberJan 11, 1875Jan 9, 1879Republican
Albinus NanceJan 9, 1879Jan 4, 1883Republican
James W. DawesJan 4, 1883Jan 6, 1887Republican
John Milton ThayerJan 6, 1887Feb 8, 1892Republican
James E. BoydFeb 8, 1892Jan 13, 1893Democratic
Lorenzo CrounseJan 13, 1893Jan 3, 1895Republican
Silas A. HolcombJan 3, 1895Jan 5, 1899Fusion (Democratic/Populist)
William A. PoynterJan 5, 1899Jan 3, 1901Fusion (Democratic/Populist)
Charles H. DietrichJan 3, 1901May 1, 1901Republican
Ezra P. SavageMay 1, 1901Jan 8, 1903Republican
John H. MickeyJan 8, 1903Jan 3, 1907Republican
George L. SheldonJan 3, 1907Jan 7, 1909Republican
Ashton C. ShallenbergerJan 7, 1909Jan 5, 1911Democratic
Chester H. AldrichJan 5, 1911Jan 9, 1913Republican
John H. MoreheadJan 9, 1913Jan 4, 1917Democratic
Keith NevilleJan 4, 1917Jan 9, 1919Democratic
Samuel R. McKelvieJan 9, 1919Jan 3, 1923Republican
Charles W. BryanJan 3, 1923Jan 8, 1925Democratic
Adam McMullenJan 8, 1925Jan 3, 1929Republican
Arthur J. WeaverJan 3, 1929Jan 8, 1931Republican
Charles W. BryanJan 8, 1931Jan 3, 1935Democratic
Robert Leroy CochranJan 3, 1935Jan 9, 1941Democratic
Dwight GriswoldJan 9, 1941Jan 9, 1947Republican
Val PetersonJan 9, 1947Jan 8, 1953Republican
Robert B. CrosbyJan 8, 1953Jan 6, 1955Republican
Victor E. AndersonJan 6, 1955Jan 8, 1959Republican
Ralph G. BrooksJan 8, 1959Sep 9, 1960Democratic
Dwight W. BurneySep 9, 1960Jan 5, 1961Republican
Frank B. MorrisonJan 5, 1961Jan 5, 1967Democratic
Norbert TiemannJan 5, 1967Jan 7, 1971Republican
J. James ExonJan 7, 1971Jan 4, 1979Democratic
Charles ThoneJan 4, 1979Jan 6, 1983Republican
J. Robert KerreyJan 6, 1983Jan 9, 1987Democratic
Kay A. OrrJan 9, 1987Jan 9, 1991Republican
Ben NelsonJan 9, 1991Jan 7, 1999Democratic
Mike JohannsJan 7, 1999Jan 20, 2005Republican
Dave HeinemanJan 20, 2005Jan 8, 2015Republican
Pete RickettsJan 8, 2015-Republican