Where did your governor go to school?

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Where did governors go to school? How many earned undergraduate degrees? Graduate degrees? How many did not attend higher education at all? The State Executive Officials project on Ballotpedia will be comparing educational backgrounds of the different offices to learn how the officials match up throughout the states.

The chart below displays education information for all 50 current governors.

As of August 2013, there are:

  • 47 governors with bachelor's degrees
  • 8 governors with master's degrees
  • 26 governors with a law degree
  • 1 governor with a PhD
  • 2 governors with a MD

Schools with multiple gubernatorial alumni include:

  • 4 Brown University
  • 2 Wesleyan University
  • 2 Yale University
Governor of Puerto RicoAlejandro J. García Padilla
Governor of New YorkAndrew CuomoFordham University (1979)Albany Law School (1982)
Governor of TennesseeBill HaslamEmory University (1976)
Governor of AlaskaBill Walker (Alaska)Lewis and Clark College, Portland (1973) (Business Administration)University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) (1983)
Governor of LouisianaBobby JindalBrown UniversityNew College, Oxford
Governor of NevadaBrian SandovalUniversity of Nevada, Reno (1986)The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1989)
Governor of IdahoButch OtterAlbertson College of Idaho (1967)
Governor of New JerseyChris ChristieUniversity of Delaware (1984)Seton Hall University (1987)
Governor of ConnecticutDan MalloyBoston CollegeBoston College Law School
Governor of NebraskaDave HeinemanUnited States Military Academy at West Point (1970)Army's Airborne and Ranger Schools
Governor of HawaiiDavid IgeUniversity of Hawaii - Manoa (1979)University of Hawaii - Manoa (1985)
Governor of South DakotaDennis DaugaardUniversity of South Dakota (1975)Northwestern University School of Law (1978)
Governor of MassachusettsDeval PatrickHarvard College (1978)Harvard Law School (1981)
Governor of West VirginiaEarl Ray TomblinWest Virginia UniversityMarshall University
Governor of GuamEddie CalvoCollege of Notre Dame
Governor of the Northern Mariana IslandsEloy InosUniversity of Guam
Governor of UtahGary R. Herbert
Governor of North DakotaJack DalrympleYale University (1970)
Governor of DelawareJack MarkellBrown UniversityUniversity of Chicago
Governor of ArizonaJan BrewerGlendale Community College
Governor of WashingtonJay InsleeUniversity of WashingtonWillamette University School of LawStanford University (did not earn degree)
Governor of MissouriJay NixonUniversity of Missouri-Columbia (1978)University of Missouri-Columbia (1981)
Governor of CaliforniaJerry BrownUniversity of California-Berkeley (1961)Yale Law School (1964)
Governor of ColoradoJohn HickenlooperWesleyan University (1974)Wesleyan University (1980)
Governor of OhioJohn KasichOhio State University (1974)
Governor of OregonJohn KitzhaberDartmouth College (1968)Oregon Health & Science University (1973)
Governor of the U.S. Virgin IslandsJohn Percy de Jongh, Jr.Antioch College (1981)
Governor of Rhode IslandLincoln ChafeeBrown University (1975)
Governor of American SamoaLolo Matalasi Moliga
Governor of New HampshireMaggie HassanBrown University (1980)Northeastern University School of Law (1985)
Governor of MinnesotaMark DaytonYale University (1969)
Governor of MarylandMartin O'MalleyCatholic University of America (1985)University of Maryland School of Law (1988)
Governor of OklahomaMary FallinOklahoma State University (1977)Oklahoma Baptist University
Governor of WyomingMatt MeadTrinity University (1984)University of Wyoming College of Law (1987)
Governor of ArkansasMike BeebeArkansas State University (1968)University of Arkansas Law School (1972)
Governor of IndianaMike PenceHanover College (1981)Indiana University School of Law (1986)
Governor of GeorgiaNathan DealMercer University (1964)Mercer University (1966)
Governor of South CarolinaNikki HaleyClemson University (1994)
Governor of North CarolinaPat McCroryCatawba College (1978)
Governor of IllinoisPat QuinnGeorgetown University (1971) (International Economics)Northwestern University (1980)
Governor of MainePaul LePageHusson CollegeUniversity of Maine
Governor of VermontPeter ShumlinWesleyan University (1979)
Governor of MississippiPhil BryantUniversity of Southern MississippiMississippi College
Governor of TexasRick PerryTexas A&M University (1972)
Governor of FloridaRick ScottUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CitySouthern Methodist University
Governor of MichiganRick SnyderUniversity of Michigan (1977)University of Michigan Business School (1979)University of Michigan Law School (1982)
Governor of AlabamaRobert J. BentleyUniversity of Alabama-Tuscaloosa (1964)University of Alabama School of Medicine (1968)
Governor of KansasSam BrownbackKansas State University (1978) (Agricultural Economics)University of Kansas Law School (1982)
Governor of WisconsinScott Walker
Governor of KentuckySteve BeshearUniversity of KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky
Governor of MontanaSteve BullockClaremont McKenna CollegeColumbia University School of Law
Governor of New MexicoSusana MartinezUniversity of Texas at El PasoUniversity of Oklahoma College of Law
Governor of IowaTerry E. BranstadUniversity of Iowa (1969)Drake University School of Law (1974)
Governor of VirginiaTerry McAuliffeCatholic UniversityGeorgetown Law School
Governor of PennsylvaniaTom CorbettLebanon Valley CollegeSt. Mary's University School (1975)