Rhode Island governors sit in and are among a rare group when it comes to unique governmental issues. These are also the same types of issues that face the current 76th Governor of Rhode Island, Daniel J McKee. Rhode Island, dubbed the Ocean State, is surrounded by the ocean and is small in size compared to other US states. Everything from the natural threats that face Rhode Island to the hurdles of governmental access to financing as a result of its population of approximately 1 million residents poses unique issues. Rhode Island governors have been historically cited for their creative means and programs to help promote and empower its economy.
Rhode Island has proven to place a level playing ground for both Democratic and Republican leadership. It is fair to say neither Rhode Island nor its governors have ever been decisively red or blue for any significant amount of time. As recently as January 2011 to May 2013, Independent Lincoln Chafee was the Governor of Rhode Island. For the record, he did not run for another term.
Rhode Island governors join history and belong to a state government that is one of the original 13 states. This means that there are been many governors in the state's history. Nicholas Cooke was the state's first governor from 1775 to 1778. William Warner Hoppin was the state's longest-serving governor. Hoppin was sworn in on May 2, 1854, and served as governor for almost twenty-six years, until his death on April 18, 1880.
The current governor of Rhode Island is Dan McKee, a Democrat.
There have been 71 governors of Rhode Island, 22 Democrats, 30 Republicans, and 20 from other parties.
The last Democratic governor in Rhode Island is Dan McKee, who has served from 2021 to the present day.
The last Republican governor in Rhode Island was Donald Carcieri, who served from 2003 to 2011.