Governors of West Virginia

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Term Start
Term End
Arthur I. BoremanJun 20, 1863Feb 26, 1869Republican
Daniel D. T. FarnsworthFeb 26, 1869Mar 4, 1869Republican
William E. StevensonMar 4, 1869Mar 4, 1871Republican
John J. JacobMar 4, 1871Mar 4, 1877Democratic
Henry M. MathewsMar 4, 1877Mar 4, 1881Democratic
Jacob B. JacksonMar 4, 1881Mar 4, 1885Democratic
Emanuel Willis WilsonMar 4, 1885Feb 6, 1890Democratic
Aretas B. FlemingFeb 6, 1890Mar 4, 1893Democratic
William A. MacCorkleMar 4, 1893Mar 4, 1897Democratic
George W. AtkinsonMar 4, 1897Mar 4, 1901Republican
Albert B. WhiteMar 4, 1901Mar 4, 1905Republican
William M. O. DawsonMar 4, 1905Mar 4, 1909Republican
William E. GlasscockMar 4, 1909Mar 14, 1913Republican
Henry D. HatfieldMar 14, 1913Mar 5, 1917Republican
John J. CornwellMar 5, 1917Mar 4, 1921Democratic
Ephraim F. MorganMar 4, 1921Mar 4, 1925Republican
Howard Mason GoreMar 4, 1925Mar 4, 1929Republican
William G. ConleyMar 4, 1929Mar 4, 1933Republican
Herman G. KumpMar 4, 1933Jan 18, 1937Democratic
Homer A. HoltJan 18, 1937Jan 13, 1941Democratic
Matthew M. NeelyJan 13, 1941Jan 15, 1945Democratic
Clarence W. MeadowsJan 15, 1945Jan 17, 1949Democratic
Okey PattesonJan 17, 1949Jan 19, 1953Democratic
William C. MarlandJan 19, 1953Jan 14, 1957Democratic
Cecil H. UnderwoodJan 14, 1957Jan 16, 1961Republican
William Wallace BarronJan 16, 1961Jan 18, 1965Democratic
Hulett C. SmithJan 18, 1965Jan 13, 1969Democratic
Arch A. Moore Jr.Jan 13, 1969Jan 17, 1977Republican
Jay RockefellerJan 17, 1977Jan 14, 1985Democratic
Arch A. Moore Jr.Jan 14, 1985Jan 16, 1989Republican
Gaston CapertonJan 16, 1989Jan 13, 1997Democratic
Cecil H. UnderwoodJan 13, 1997Jan 15, 2001Republican
Bob WiseJan 15, 2001Jan 17, 2005Democratic
Joe ManchinJan 17, 2005Nov 15, 2010Democratic
Earl Ray TomblinNov 15, 2010Nov 13, 2011Democratic
Jim JusticeJan 16, 2017-Democratic
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West Virginia is located between Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky. It was admitted to the United States close to the start of the Civil War when it broke away from the larger state of Virginia. Since West Virginia was admitted to the union, it has had a total of 34 governors. The current governor is Jim Justice, who was elected to the office in 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party although he switched from the Democratic Party after being elected. He has led West Virginia's response to a variety of significant issues that have taken place during the past few years.

Who Was the Last Republican Governor of West Virginia?

Before Jim Justice's party switch, West Virginia had a run of Democratic governors. Bob Wise, Joe Manchin, and Earl Ray Tomblin have all been members of the Democratic Party. Of note, Joe Manchin left office in 2010 to join the United States Senate, with Earl Ray Tomblin finishing out his term. The last Republican governor of West Virginia was Cecil H. Underwood, who served as the Governor from 1997 to 2001. Prior to Underwood taking over, the governor was Gaston Caperton, who was also a member of the Democratic Party.

How Long Do West Virginia Governors Serve For?

West Virginia Governors are elected to serve for a total of four years. After that, governors have to stand for re-election, with some being elected to a second four-year term, serving for a total of eight years. In recent history, most West Virginia governors only serve for one term. The last governor of West Virginia to serve for a total of eight years was Gaston Caperton, who held the office from 1989 to 1997. So far, Jim Justice has been in office for a total of five years, winning the governor’s office back in 2017.

Current Governor
Jim Justice
Governor Since
Jan 16, 2017
# of Governors Since Statehood

Governors of West Virginia

Which party is the current governor of West Virginia?

The current governor of West Virginia is Jim Justice, a Democrat.

How many governors has West Virginia had?

There have been 34 governors of West Virginia, 21 Democrats, 13 Republicans, and 0 from other parties.

When was the last Democratic governor in West Virginia?

The last Democratic governor in West Virginia is Jim Justice, who has served from 2017 to the present day.

When was the last Republican governor in West Virginia?

The last Republican governor in West Virginia was Cecil H. Underwood, who served from 1997 to 2001.

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