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State executive officials often stress their connection to the state and its citizens. But how many of these officials were actually born in the state that they are now governing? Are there any discernible patterns from office to office? This page looks at where current officeholders in the top four offices - Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State - were born and where they serve.


As of November 2013, of the 50 current governors:

  • 34 are serving in states where they were born
  • 16 are serving in states other than where they were born
  • All were born in the United States
Where is your Governor from?
Governor of Puerto RicoAlejandro J. García PadillaCoamo, Puerto Rico
Governor of New YorkAndrew CuomoQueens, New York
Governor of TennesseeBill HaslamKnoxville, TN
Governor of AlaskaBill Walker (Alaska)Fairbanks, Alaska
Governor of LouisianaBobby JindalBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Governor of NevadaBrian SandovalRedding, California
Governor of IdahoButch OtterCaldwell, Idaho
Governor of New JerseyChris ChristieNewark, New Jersey
Governor of ConnecticutDan MalloyStamford, Connecticut
Governor of NebraskaDave HeinemanFalls City, Nebraska
Governor of HawaiiDavid IgeHonolulu, Hawaii
Governor of South DakotaDennis DaugaardGarretson, SD
Governor of MassachusettsDeval PatrickChicago, Illinois
Governor of West VirginiaEarl Ray TomblinLogan County, West Virginia
Governor of GuamEddie Calvo
Governor of the Northern Mariana IslandsEloy Inos
Governor of UtahGary R. HerbertAmerican Fork, UT
Governor of North DakotaJack DalrympleMinneapolis, Minnesota
Governor of DelawareJack MarkellCentreville, Delaware
Governor of ArizonaJan BrewerHollywood, California
Governor of WashingtonJay InsleeSeattle, Washington
Governor of MissouriJay NixonDeSoto, Missouri
Governor of CaliforniaJerry BrownSan Francisco, California
Governor of ColoradoJohn HickenlooperNarbergh, Pennsylvania
Governor of OhioJohn KasichMcKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
Governor of OregonJohn KitzhaberColfax, Washington
Governor of the U.S. Virgin IslandsJohn Percy de Jongh, Jr.
Governor of Rhode IslandLincoln ChafeeProvidence, RI
Governor of American SamoaLolo Matalasi MoligaTa’u, Manua
Governor of New HampshireMaggie HassanBoston, Massachusetts
Governor of MinnesotaMark DaytonMinneapolis, Minnesota
Governor of MarylandMartin O'MalleyWashington, D.C.
Governor of OklahomaMary FallinWarrensburg, Missouri
Governor of WyomingMatt MeadJackson, Wyoming
Governor of ArkansasMike BeebeAmagon, Arkansas
Governor of IndianaMike PenceColumbus, Indiana
Governor of GeorgiaNathan DealMillen, Georgia
Governor of South CarolinaNikki HaleyBamberg, SC
Governor of North CarolinaPat McCroryJamestown, NC
Governor of IllinoisPat QuinnHinsdale, Illinois
Governor of MainePaul LePageLewiston, Maine
Governor of VermontPeter ShumlinBrattleboro, VT
Governor of MississippiPhil BryantMoorhead, Mississippi
Governor of TexasRick PerryPaint Creek, Texas
Governor of FloridaRick ScottBloomington, Illinois
Governor of MichiganRick SnyderBattle Creek, Michigan
Governor of AlabamaRobert J. BentleyColumbiana, Alabama
Governor of KansasSam BrownbackGarnett, Kansas
Governor of WisconsinScott WalkerColorado Springs, CO
Governor of KentuckySteve BeshearDawson Springs, Kentucky
Governor of MontanaSteve BullockMissoula, Montana
Governor of New MexicoSusana MartinezEl Paso, Texas
Governor of IowaTerry E. BranstadLeland, Iowa
Governor of VirginiaTerry McAuliffeSyracuse, New York
Governor of PennsylvaniaTom CorbettPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Governors

As of November 2013, of the 42 current lieutenant governors:

  • 35 are serving in states where they were born
  • 5 are serving in states other than where they were born
  • It is unclear where two lieutenant governors were born - Illinois' Sheila Simon and Pennsylvania's Jim Cawley
Lieutenant Governor of MontanaAngela McLeanSpokane, WA[1]
Lieutenant Governor of MarylandAnthony G. BrownHuntington, New York
Lieutenant Governor of IdahoBrad LittleEmmett, Idaho
Lieutenant Governor of WashingtonBrad OwenTacoma, Washington
Lieutenant Governor of MichiganBrian CalleyDearborn, Michigan
Lieutenant Governor of NevadaBrian KrolickiWarwick, Rhode Island
Lieutenant Governor of AlaskaByron Mallott
Lieutenant Governor of FloridaCarlos Lopez-CanteraMadrid, Spain
Lieutenant Governor of GeorgiaCasey CagleGainesville, Georgia
Lieutenant Governor of KentuckyCrit LuallenFrankfort, Kentucky
Lieutenant Governor of North CarolinaDan ForestHarrisonburg, Virginia
Lieutenant Governor of TexasDavid DewhurstHouston, TX
Lieutenant Governor of North DakotaDrew WrigleyBismarck, North Dakota
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode IslandElizabeth RobertsWashington, D.C.
Lieutenant Governor of CaliforniaGavin NewsomSan Francisco, California
Lieutenant Governor of LouisianaJay DardenneBaton Rouge, LA
Lieutenant Governor of KansasJeff ColyerOverland Park, Kansas
Lieutenant Governor of West VirginiaJeffrey KesslerWheeling, WV
Lieutenant Governor of PennsylvaniaJim Cawley
Lieutenant Governor of New MexicoJohn A. SanchezAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Lieutenant Governor of South CarolinaJohn McGillKingstree, SC
Lieutenant Governor of NebraskaJohn Nelson (Nebraska)Geneva, Nebraska
Lieutenant Governor of AlabamaKay IveyCamden, Alabama
Lieutenant Governor of New JerseyKim GuadagnoWaterloo, Iowa
Lieutenant Governor of IowaKim ReynoldsTruro, Iowa
Lieutenant Governor of OhioMary TaylorNortheast Ohio
Lieutenant Governor of DelawareMatthew DennWilmington, Delaware
Lieutenant Governor of South DakotaMatthew MichelsPierre, SD
Lieutenant Governor of ConnecticutNancy WymanTolland, Connecticut
Lieutenant Governor of MissouriPeter KinderCape Girardeau, Missouri
Lieutenant Governor of VermontPhillip ScottBarre, Vermont
Lieutenant Governor of VirginiaRalph NorthamNassawaddox, VA
Lieutenant Governor of WisconsinRebecca KleefischMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Lieutenant Governor of New YorkRobert DuffyRochester, New York
Lieutenant Governor of TennesseeRon RamseyJohnson City, TN
Lieutenant Governor of HawaiiShan TsutsuiWailuku, Hawaii
Lieutenant Governor of IllinoisSheila Simon
Lieutenant Governor of UtahSpencer CoxFairview, Utah
Lieutenant Governor of IndianaSue EllspermannFerdinand, Indiana
Lieutenant Governor of MississippiTate ReevesRankin County, Mississippi
Lieutenant Governor of OklahomaTodd LambEnid, Oklahoma
Lieutenant Governor of MinnesotaYvonne Prettner SolonMinneapolis, Minnesota

Attorneys General

As of November 2013, of the 50 current attorneys general:

  • 34 are serving in states where they were born
  • 10 are serving in states other than where they were born
  • One, Arizona's Tom Horne, was born outside of the United States, in Montreal, Canada
  • It is unclear where six attorneys general were born
Attorney General of South CarolinaAlan Wilson
Attorney General of DelawareBeau BidenWilmington, Delaware
Attorney General of MichiganBill SchuetteMidland, Michigan
Attorney General of VermontBill SorrellBurlington, VT
Attorney General of WashingtonBob FergusonQueen Anne Hill, Washington
Attorney General of LouisianaBuddy CaldwellColumbia, Louisiana
Attorney General of NevadaCatherine Cortez MastoNevada
Attorney General of MissouriChris KosterSt. Louis, Missouri
Attorney General of KansasDerek SchmidtIndependence, Kansas
Attorney General of MarylandDoug GanslerSummit, New Jersey
Attorney General of ArkansasDustin McDanielFayetteville, Arkansas
Attorney General of OregonEllen Rosenblum
Attorney General of New YorkEric SchneidermanNew York, New York
Attorney General of New MexicoGary King (New Mexico)Stanley, New Mexico
Attorney General of ConnecticutGeorge C. JepsenHattiesburg, Mississippi
Attorney General of TexasGreg AbbottWichita Falls, TX
Attorney General of IndianaGreg ZoellerNew Albany, Indiana
Attorney General of TennesseeHerbert H. Slattery
Attorney General of WisconsinJ.B. Van HollenDelta, WI
Attorney General of KentuckyJack ConwayLouisville, Kentucky
Attorney General of MaineJanet T. MillsFarmington, Maine
Attorney General of MississippiJim HoodNew Houlka, Mississippi
Attorney General of New HampshireJoe FosterPoughkeepsie, New York
Attorney General of New JerseyJohn Hoffman (New Jersey)
Attorney General of ColoradoJohn W. SuthersDenver, Colorado
Attorney General of NebraskaJon BruningLincoln, Nebraska
Attorney General of CaliforniaKamala D. HarrisOakland, California
Attorney General of PennsylvaniaKathleen KaneScranton, Pennsylvania
Attorney General of IdahoLawrence Wasden
Attorney General of IllinoisLisa MadiganChicago, Illinois
Attorney General of MinnesotaLori Swanson
Attorney General of AlabamaLuther StrangeBirmingham, AL
Attorney General of VirginiaMark HerringJohnson City, TN
Attorney General of MassachusettsMartha CoakleyLee, Massachusetts
Attorney General of South DakotaMarty J. Jackley
Attorney General of AlaskaMichael GeraghtyFairbanks, Alaska
Attorney General of OhioMike DeWineSpringfield, Ohio
Attorney General of FloridaPam BondiTampa, Florida
Attorney General of West VirginiaPatrick MorriseyNew Jersey
Attorney General of Rhode IslandPeter KilmartinProvidence, Rhode Island
Attorney General of WyomingPeter MichaelMedia, Pennsylvania
Attorney General of North CarolinaRoy CooperNash County, North Carolina
Attorney General of HawaiiRussell Suzuki
Attorney General of GeorgiaSamuel S. OlensMiami, Florida
Attorney General of OklahomaScott PruittDanville, Kentucky
Attorney General of UtahSean D. Reyes
Attorney General of MontanaTim FoxHardin, Montana
Attorney General of ArizonaTom Horne (Arizona)Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Attorney General of IowaTom MillerDubuque, Iowa
Attorney General of North DakotaWayne StenehjemMohall, North Dakota

Secretaries of State

As of November 2013, of the 47 current secretaries of state:

  • 24 are serving in states where they were born
  • 17 are serving in states other than where they were born
  • One, Oregon's Kate Brown, was born outside of the United States, in Torrejon de Ardoth, Spain
  • It is unclear where six secretaries of state were born
North Dakota Secretary of StateAl JaegerBeulah, North Dakota
Kentucky Secretary of StateAlison Lundergan GrimesMaysville, Kentucky
Idaho Secretary of StateBen YsursaBoise, Idaho
Georgia Secretary of StateBrian KempAthens, Georgia
Pennsylvania Secretary of StateCarol Aichele
New York Secretary of StateCesar PeralesNew York City
Oklahoma Secretary of StateChris BengeTulsa, Oklahoma
Indiana Secretary of StateConnie LawsonIndianapolis, Indiana
Puerto Rico Secretary of StateDavid Bernier
California Secretary of StateDebra BowenRockford, Illinois
Mississippi Secretary of StateDelbert HosemannVicksburg, Mississippi
Connecticut Secretary of StateDenise MerrillSan Mateo, California
New Mexico Secretary of StateDianna DuranTulaosa, New Mexico
Wisconsin Secretary of StateDouglas La FolletteDes Moines, IA
North Carolina Secretary of StateElaine MarshallLineboro, Maryland
South Dakota Secretary of StateJason GantPlatte, SD
Missouri Secretary of StateJason KanderKansas City, MO
Delaware Secretary of StateJeffrey W. BullockClaymont, Delaware
Illinois Secretary of StateJesse White (Illinois)Alton, Illinois
Alabama Secretary of StateJim BennettRed Oak, Iowa
Vermont Secretary of StateJim CondosOrange, NJ
Nebraska Secretary of StateJohn A. GaleOmaha, Nebraska
Maryland Secretary of StateJohn P. McDonoughScranton, Pennsylvania
Ohio Secretary of StateJon HustedRoyal Oak, Michigan
Oregon Secretary of StateKate BrownTorrejón de Ardoth, Spain
Arizona Secretary of StateKen BennettTucson, Arizona
Florida Secretary of StateKen DetznerChicago, Illinois
Lieutenant Governor of New JerseyKim GuadagnoWaterloo, Iowa
Washington Secretary of StateKim Wyman
Kansas Secretary of StateKris KobachMadison, Wisconsin
Virginia Secretary of StateLevar Stoney
Montana Secretary of StateLinda McCullochSpringfield, Ohio
South Carolina Secretary of StateMark HammondLancaster, SC
Arkansas Secretary of StateMark MartinKansas City, Kansas
Minnesota Secretary of StateMark RitchieGeorgia
Iowa Secretary of StateMatt Schultz
Maine Secretary of StateMatthew DunlapBar Harbor, Maine
Wyoming Secretary of StateMax MaxfieldJanesville, WI
Texas Secretary of StateNandita Berry
West Virginia Secretary of StateNatalie TennantFairview, W.Va.
Rhode Island Secretary of StateRalph MollisNorth Providence, RI
Nevada Secretary of StateRoss MillerLas Vegas, Nevada
Michigan Secretary of StateRuth JohnsonNorthern Oakland County, Michigan
Colorado Secretary of StateScott GesslerMichigan
Louisiana Secretary of StateTom SchedlerNew Orleans, Louisiana
Tennessee Secretary of StateTre HargettDyersburg, TN
Massachusetts Secretary of StateWilliam Galvin (Secretary of the Commonwealth)Brighton, Massachusetts
New Hampshire Secretary of StateWilliam Gardner

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