Governor of Texas

head of state and of government of the U.S. state of Texas

The Governor of Texas is the head of the executive branch of Texas's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The gubernatorial election is held every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Governor of Texas
Greg Abbott

since January 20, 2015
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceTexas Governors Mansion
Term lengthFour years, no term limit
Inaugural holderJames Pinckney Henderson
FormationTexas Constitution
Salary$150,000 (2013)[1]
WebsiteOffice of the Governor

Living former U.S. governors of Texas


As of August 2017, there are two former U.S. governors of Texas who are currently living at this time, the oldest being George W. Bush (1995–2000, born 1946). The most recent death of a former U.S. governor of Texas was that of Mark White (1983–1987), on August 5, 2017. The most recent U.S. governor of Texas to serve who has died is Ann Richards (1991–1995), who died on September 13, 2006.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George W. Bush 1995–2000 (1946-07-06) July 6, 1946 (age 78)
Rick Perry 2000–2015 (1950-03-04) March 4, 1950 (age 74)


  1. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.