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Nevada Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-13 FY Budget:  $2,399,335
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Nevada Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Brian Sandoval.jpg
Name:  Brian Sandoval
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 3, 2011
Compensation:  $149,573
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Governor of the State of Nevada is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Nevada. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

As of May 2015, Nevada is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: Nevada State Legislature, Nevada House of Representatives, Nevada State Senate

Current officeholder

The 29th and current governor is Brian Sandoval (R). He was first elected in 2010 and won re-election in 2014.[1]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section I:

The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada.


Current Governors
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Current Lt. Governors
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Candidates for governor must be

  • at least 25 years old
  • a registered elector
  • a resident of Nevada for at least two years

While in office, the governor may not hold any federal level office.


See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article 5, Section 18.

Anytime the elected governor dies, resigns, in impeached, or is temporarily or permanently unable to discharge the office, the powers and duties of the governorship shall devolve to the Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.

The lieutenant governor also serves as acting governor when the governor is absent, unless the latter is absent in order to lead the state's militia and has done so with the consent of the legislature, in which case he remains the governor while actively serving as commander-in-chief.



The governor is commander-in-chief of the state military forces. The governor appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions.

The governor has the power to veto bills from the Nevada State Legislature. The legislature can override a veto by a two-thirds majority vote in both the Assembly and the Senate.[2]

Law-enforcement powers include the ability to grant pardons, commute sentences and remiss fines and forfeitures, as well as serving as the commander-in-chief of the military forces in the state, except when they are called into service of the United States.[3][4]

Only the governor may call a special session of the legislature, wherein the legislature cannot introduce, consider or pass any bills except those related to the business for which the legislature has been specially convened and those necessary to provide for the expenses of the session.[5]

The governor also has power to adjourn the legislature in case of a disagreement between the two Houses with respect to the time of adjournment.[6]

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Conducting all executive business with both civil and military officers (§ 6)
  • Filling all vacancies not otherwise Constitutionally provided for (§ 8)
  • Delivering a state of the state address to the legislature at each regular session (§ 10)
  • Suspending the collection of fines and forfeitures and granting reprieves of not more than 60 days (§ 13)
  • Granting pardons, not to extend to convictions for treason or impeachment, and commuting sentences, not to include sentences of life without parole (§ 14)
  • Keeping and using the Great Seal of the State of Nevada (§ 15)
  • Signing all commissions granted by the state of Nevada (§ 16)


Nevada state government organizational chart

Nevada elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Nevada, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election.



See also: Nevada gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval Incumbent 70.6% 386,340
     Democratic Robert Goodman 23.9% 130,722
     Independent None of these candidates 2.9% 15,751
     Independent American David Lory VanderBeek 2.7% 14,536
Total Votes 547,349
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.


On November 2, 2010, Brian Sandoval won election to the office of Governor of Nevada. He defeated Rory Reid, David Scott Curtis, Arthur Forrest Lampitt, Eugene DiSimone, Aaron Y. Honig, and Floyd Fitzgibbons in the general election.

Governor of Nevada, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Sandoval 54.3% 382,350
     Democratic Rory Reid 42.3% 298,171
     Green David Scott Curtis 0.6% 4,437
     Libertarian Arthur Forrest lampitt 0.7% 4,672
     Independent Eugene DiSimone 0.9% 6,403
     Independent Aaron Y. Honig 0.5% 3,216
     Independent Floyd Fitzgibbons 0.7% 5,049
Total Votes 704,298
Election Results Via: Silver State Election Results


On November 7, 2006, Jim Gibbons won election to the office of Governor of Nevada. He defeated Dina Titus, Christopher Hansen, and Craig Bergland in the general election.

Governor of Nevada, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gibbons 49.7% 279,003
     Democratic Dina Titus 45.5% 255,684
     Ind. American Christopher Hansen 3.6% 20,019
     Green Craig Bergland 1.2% 6,753
Total Votes 561,459
Election Results Via: US Election Atlas Results


On November 5, 2002, Kenny Guinn won re-election to the office of Governor of Nevada. He defeated Joseph Neal, Richard Geyer, David Holmgren, Jerry Norton, and A. Charles Laws in the general election.

Governor of Nevada, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenny Guinn Incumbent 71.6% 344,001
     Democratic Joseph Neal 23.1% 110,935
     Libertarian Richard Geyer 1.7% 8,104
     Ind. American David Holmgren 1.5% 7,047
     Independent Jerry Norton 1.2% 5,543
     Green A. Charles Laws 1% 4,775
Total Votes 480,405
Election Results Via: US Election Atlas Results

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Nevada governors are restricted to two terms in office during their lifetime.

Nevada Constitution, Article 5, Section 3

nor shall any person be elected to the Office of Governor more than twice; and no person who has held the Office of Governor, or acted as Governor for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected Governor shall be elected to the Office of Governor more than once.

Gubernatorial removal

There are two methods available to remove a governor before the expiration of the gubernatorial term of office.


Main article: Article 7, Nevada Constitution

The governor can be impeached for by a majority concurrence of the Nevada State Assembly and removed by a two-thirds vote of the Nevada State Senate.[7]


Main article: Laws governing recall in Nevada

Petitions signed by Nevada voters equal in number to 25 percent of the last vote for the office of governor. If the governor does not resign within five days of the petition's filing, a special election will be held in 30 days to determine whether the governor shall be recalled.[8]

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Nevada governors from 1992-2013.
Governor of Nevada Partisanship.PNG


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State budget

Role in state budget

See also: Nevada state budget and finances

The state operates on an biennial budget cycle that starts July 1 of each biennium. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[9][10]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in January.
  2. Agencies submit their requests to the governor in August.
  3. Agency hearings are held in September and December.
  4. The governor submits the budget to the Nevada State Legislature in January.
  5. The legislature passes a budget in May or June. A simply majority is needed to pass a budget.

In Nevada, the governor has no veto authority over the budget.[10]

The governor is required by statute to submit a balanced budget. In turn, the legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget.[10]

Governor's office budget

The budget for the governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $2,399,335.[11]


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

Article 17, Section 5 of the Nevada Constitution prescribes the salaries of governor and lieutenant governor for their first term in office. However, Article 15, Section 9 provides that the state legislature may at any time increase or decrease the salary of the governor and lieutenant governor, to become effective during the subsequent term. Since January 2011, and on the first Monday of every fourth year thereafter, the governor’s salary increases by the cumulative percentage increase in the salaries of classified Nevada employees during the governor's previous term.[12]


In 2014, the governor received a salary of $149,573, according to the Council of State Governments.[13]


In 2013, the governor's salary was $149,573.[14]


In 2012, the governor was paid an estimated $141,000, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the governor was paid $141,000, the 15th highest gubernatorial salary in America.


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Nevada
Partisan breakdown of the Nevada governorship from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, in Nevada there were Democratic governors in office for the first seven years while there were Republican governors in office for the last 15 years.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Nevada, the Nevada State Senate and the Nevada House of Representatives from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of Nevada state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Nevada state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. During the study, Nevada had one Democratic trifecta during 1992. The state's SQLI rankings were high for the majority of the study, finishing in the top-10 from 1996-1997 and from 2005-2006. However, Nevada's SQLI ranking declined from then on, finishing 46th in 2012. Both its highest and lowest rankings occurred when the government was divided between Democratic and Republican control.

Chart displaying the partisanship of the Nevada government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

Historical officeholders

There have been 30 Governors of Nevada since 1864. Of the 30 officeholders, 15 were Republican, 12 were Democrat, two were Silver, and one was Silver-Democratic etc.[15]

Recent news

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Contact information

State Capitol
101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701

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