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In 2012, 15 irregular office changes took place in 11 states. Texas, with three, had the most. There were two irregular changes in top ballot offices and 14 in down ballot offices.

The reasons for state executive official changes in 2012 were as follows:

Political - 6
Professional - 4
Personal - 5

The partisan breakdown for vacancies created in 2012 was as follows:

Democratic Party Democratic positions - 1
Republican Party Republican positions - 4
Independent Independent/Nonpartisan positions - 10

Notable changes

Full table of resignations

The highlighted cells in the table below indicate which category the irregular office change falls into: political, professional and personal. N/A indicates a change that does not conform to any of the three categories or the reasons were never specified.

Note: This list may be incomplete. If you know of any irregular office changes which have not been included here, please email us.
State Executive Officials who Left Office Prior to their Term Completion
Name State Office Partisan Reason Departure Date Term End Date Successor
1. Susan Castillo Oregon Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Grey.png Nonpartisan Resigned, accepted new job June 2012 January 2015 Rob Saxton
2. Glenn Marshall Connecticut Connecticut Commissioner of Labor Grey.png Nonpartisan Resigned, family reasons June 2012 January 2015 Dennis Murphy
3. Jim Bennett Alabama Alabama Commissioner of Labor Grey.png Nonpartisan Position eliminated by department merger September 2012 N/A Tom Surtees
4. Robert Scott Texas Texas Commissioner of Education Grey.png Nonpartisan Resigned in reaction to budget cuts September 2012 N/A Michael Williams
5. Stan Heffner Ohio Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Grey.png Nonpartisan Scandal August 2012 N/A Michael Sawyers
6. Scott Angelle Louisiana Louisiana Secretary of Natural Resources Grey.png Nonpartisan Resigned to run for new office August 2012 N/A Stephen Chustz
7. Elizabeth Ames Jones Texas Texas Railroad Commission Ends.png Republican Resigned to run for new office April 2012 November 2012 Buddy Garcia
8. Brian E. Schatz Hawaii Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii Electiondot.png Democratic Appointed to new position December 2012 December 2014 Shan Tsutsui
9. Ted Boyer Utah Utah Public Service Commission Grey.png Nonpartisan Retired December 2012 March 2009 Thad LeVar
10. Joseph Meyer Wyoming Wyoming Treasurer Ends.png Republican Death October 2012 January 2015 Mark Murphy
11. Hope Andrade Texas Texas Secretary of State Ends.png Republican Resigned to accept new appointed position November 2012 January 2015 John Steen
12. Gerard Robinson Florida Florida Commissioner of Education Grey.png Nonpartisan Resigned, family reasons August 2012 N/A Tony Bennett
13. Jorea Marple West Virginia West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Grey.png Nonpartisan Fired, board cited need for new leadership November 2012 N/A Chuck Heinlien
14. Donna M. Jones Idaho Idaho Controller Ends.png Republican Injured in car accident October 2012 January 2015 Brandon Woolf (R)
15. Karin Brownlee Kansas Kansas Secretary of Labor Grey.png Nonpartisan Asked to step down by governor September 2012 N/A Lana Gordon