Governor of California

head of government in the US state of California

The Governor of California is the highest office in the state government in the American state of California. The office of Governor of California was created in 1849, before California became a state. Before it was a state, there had been six American military governors and numerous Mexican governors when California was part of Mexico. The current Governor of California is Gavin Newsom.

Governor of California
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Seal of the previous Governor, Jerry Brown
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Gavin Newsom

since January 7, 2019
California Executive Branch
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceCalifornia Governor's Mansion
SeatSacramento, California
Term lengthFour-year term, renewable once
Inaugural holderPeter Hardeman Burnett
FormationDecember 20, 1849
SalaryUS$173,987 (2013)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The Governor is in charge of making yearly "State of the State" speeches to the California state government, submitting the budget, and making sure that state laws are being followed.

Some well known former governors include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Pat Brown, and Ronald Reagan.

Powers of the GovernorEdit


  1. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2016.