Governor of Ohio

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The Governor of the State of Ohio is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Ohio. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Prior to 1963, the term of office was two years and, prior to 1995, term limits were not in place.

Current officer

The 69th and current governor is John Kasich, a Republican elected in 2010.

His wife, Karen Waldbillig, is the First Lady of Ohio.


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

Under Article III, Section 5:

The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in the governor.


A candidate for the governor of Ohio may not hold any Congressional or federal office or any other state office.


Ohio elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Ohio, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 10, 2011 and January 12, 2015 are inaugural days.

If two candidates are tied, the joint session of the legislature shall cast votes to choose among the top two cote getters.


See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article III, Sections 15 and 17.

If the Governor dies, resigns, is removed, or is convicted on impeachment, the Lieutenant Governor succeeds.

The Lieutenant Governor also serves as the Acting Governor in the event of any temporary disability of the Governor.

After the Lieutenant Governor, the line of succession goes to the President Pro Tem of the Senate and then to the Speaker of the House. Whoever serves as the Acting Governor has the full duties, powers, and emoluments of the elected Governor.

Of the four offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, President Pro Tem of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, no person may hold two of them simultaneously or receive the compensation and emoluments of more than one.

If both the offices of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor are vacant and there are more than 20 months remaining in the current term, a special election for both office shall be held at the next general election. The highest officer in the line of succession serves as an Acting Governor until the election.

If a Governor-elect is unable to take office, the Lieutenant Governor-elect takes office and serves as the Governor. If the Governor-elect is only temporarily unable to take office, the Lieutenant Governor-elect serves as Acting Governor until the elected Governor's disability is removed.



The governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws; the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Ohio Legislature; the power to convene the legislature; and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:


Contact information

Governor's Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108

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