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{{GovLgov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations''' is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in [[Rhode Island]]. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.  
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|State = Rhode Island
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|Office=Governor
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|Office type =  Partisan
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|Image =Seal of Rhode Island.svg.png
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|Office website = http://www.governor.ri.gov/
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|Budget = 5515431
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|Budget year =2013
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|Seats =
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|Term limits = Two consecutive terms
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority =[[Article IX, Rhode Island Constitution|Rhode Island Constitution, Article IX, Section I]]
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|Selected = Elected
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|Chair =
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|Current officeholder = Lincoln Chafee
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|Partisan = Democratic
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|Officeholder image = Lincoln Chafee.jpg
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|Assumed office =  January 4, 2011
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|Compensation = 129,210
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|Next election =[[Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Last election=[[Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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|Other offices = [[Governor of Rhode Island|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Rhode Island Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Rhode Island Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[Rhode Island General Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Rhode Island Commissioner of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Rhode Island Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[Rhode Island Director of Business Regulation|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[Rhode Island Director of Environmental Management|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[Rhode Island Director of Labor|Labor Commissioner]] • [[Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission|Public Service Commission]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations''' is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in [[Rhode Island]]. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.  
  
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{{State trifecta status|state=Rhode Island|control=Democratic}}
 
==Current officer==
 
==Current officer==
  
The 74th and current governor is [[Lincoln Chafee]], an Independent elected in 2010.
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The 74th and current governor is [[Lincoln Chafee]], a [[Democratic|Democrat]] first elected in 2010 as an Independent.<ref name="appoint">[http://www.governor.ri.gov/about/ ''Rhode Island Governor'' "About" Accessed November 3, 2012]</ref> Chafee, who served seven years as a [[Republican]] member of the U.S. Senate before becoming an Independent in 2007, switched his party affiliation to Democrat in May 30, 2013.<ref name=switch13>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/lincoln-chafee-to-switch-parties-sources-say-91994.html ''Politico,'' "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat," May 30, 2013]</ref>
 
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His wife, Stephanie Chafee, is the First Lady of Rhode Island.
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==Authority==
 
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==Requirements==
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==Qualifications==
 
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Under [[Article III, Rhode Island Constitution|Article III, Of Qualification for Office]], governors must be:
 
Under [[Article III, Rhode Island Constitution|Article III, Of Qualification for Office]], governors must be:
  
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* not bound by any other oath of Office, including holding any other state office or holding a federal office
 
* not bound by any other oath of Office, including holding any other state office or holding a federal office
  
==Election==
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==Elections==
  
 
[[Rhode Island]] elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Rhode Island, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days.
 
[[Rhode Island]] elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Rhode Island, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days.
  
===Oath of Office===
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===Term limits===
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:: ''See also: [[States with gubernatorial term limits]]''
  
<blockquote>"You being by the free vote of the electors of this state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, elected unto the place of do solemnly swear (or, affirm) to be true and faithful unto this state, and to support the Constitution of this state and of the United States; that you will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties of your aforesaid office to the best of your abilities, according to law: So help you God. Or: This affirmation you make and give upon the peril of the penalty of perjury.!"</blockquote>
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Rhode Island governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.
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[[Article IV, Rhode Island Constitution#Section 1|'''Rhode Island Constitution, Article IV, Section 1''']]
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| <i>No person shall serve consecutively in the same general office for more than two (2) full terms, excluding any partial term of less than two (2) years previously served.</i>
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===Partisan composition===
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The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Rhode Island State Governors from 1992-2013.<br>
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[[File:Governor of Rhode Island Partisanship.PNG]]
  
 
==Vacancies==
 
==Vacancies==
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==Duties==
 
==Duties==
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The Governor is responsible for maintaining that laws are executed according to state law and the [[Rhode Island Constitution|state constitution]] (§ 2).  
 
The Governor is responsible for maintaining that laws are executed according to state law and the [[Rhode Island Constitution|state constitution]] (§ 2).  
  
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* Vetoing bills, resolutions, and votes, subject to a two-thirds legislative override (§ 14)
 
* Vetoing bills, resolutions, and votes, subject to a two-thirds legislative override (§ 14)
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==Divisions==
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $5,515,431.<ref> [http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText12/HouseText12/H7323.pdf#page=12&zoom=auto,0,759 ''Rhode Island Budget Office,'' "FY 2013 Appropriations Act,"  accessed April 10, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
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::''See also: [[Comparison of gubernatorial salaries]] and [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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The governor's salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term.
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===2013===
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In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $129,210.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/content/csg-releases-2013-governor-salaries ''Council of State Governments,'' "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
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In 2012, the Rhode Island Governor was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$129,210]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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==Historical officeholders==
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There have been 74 governors of Rhode Island since 1775. Of the 74 officeholders, 32 were Democrats, 18 were Republican, 9 had no party, 7 were Whigs, 5 were F-R, 1 was Democratic-Republican, 1 was DFS, and 1 was AP.<ref>[http://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/past-governors-bios/page_rhode_island.default.html?begin20855a39-7b4e-4fe8-83f0-d6afced7d15a=0&&pagesize20855a39-7b4e-4fe8-83f0-d6afced7d15a=100 ''National Governors Association,'' " Former governors of Rhode Island,"  accessed June 18, 2013] </ref>
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| 1||Nicholas Cooke ||1775 - 1778||''No Party''
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|-
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| 2||William Greene ||1778 - 1786||''No Party''
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|-
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| 3||John Collins ||1786 - 1790||''No Party''
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|-
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| 4||Arthur Fenner ||1790 - 1805||F-R
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|-
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| 5||Henry Smith ||1805 - 1806||''No Party''
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|-
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| 6||Isaac Wilbour ||1806 - 1807||''No Party''
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|-
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| 7||James Fenner ||1807 - 1811||F-R
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|-
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| 8||William Jones ||1811 - 1817||F-R
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|-
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| 9||Nehemiah Rice Knight ||1817 - 1821||F-R
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|-
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| 10||Edward Cox ||1821 - 1821||''No Party''
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|-
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| 11||William Channing Gibbs ||1821 - 1824||''No Party''
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|-
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| 12||James Fenner ||1824 – 1831||F-R
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|-
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| 13||Lemuel Hastings Arnold ||1831 - 1833||''No Party''
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|-
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| 14||John Brown Francis ||1833 - 1838||Democratic-Republican
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| 15||William Sprague ||1838 - 1839||Whig
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|-
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| 16||Samuel King ||1839 - 1843||Whig
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|-
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| 17||James Fenner ||1843 – 1845||Whig
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| 18||Charles Jackson ||1845 - 1846||Whig
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|-
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| 19||Byron Diman ||1846 - 1847||Whig
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|-
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| 20||Elisha Harris ||1847 - 1849||Whig
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| 21||Henry Bowen Anthony ||1849 - 1851||Whig
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| 22||Phillip Allen ||1851 - 1853||DFS
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| 23||Francis M. Dimond ||1853 - 1854||''No Party''
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| 24||William Warner Hoppin ||1854 - 1857||AP
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| 25||Elisha Dyer ||1857 - 1859||{{red dot}}
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| 26||Thomas Goodwin Turner ||1859 - 1860||{{red dot}}
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| 27||William Sprague ||1860 - 1863||{{red dot}}
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| 28||William Cole Cozzens ||1863 - 1863||{{blue dot}}
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| 29||James Youngs Smith ||1863 - 1866||{{red dot}}
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| 30||Ambrose Everett Burnside ||1866 - 1869||{{red dot}}
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| 31||Seth Padelford ||1869 - 1873||{{red dot}}
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| 32||Henry Howard ||1873 - 1875||{{red dot}}
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| 33||Henry Lippitt ||1875 - 1877||{{red dot}}
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| 34||Charles Collins Van Zandt ||1877 - 1880||{{red dot}}
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| 35||Alfred Henry Littlefield ||1880 - 1883||{{red dot}}
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| 36||Augustus Osborn Bourn ||1883 - 1885||{{red dot}}
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| 37||George Peabody Wetmore ||1885 - 1887||{{red dot}}
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| 38||John William Davis ||1887 - 1888||{{blue dot}}
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| 39||Royal Chapin Taft ||1888 - 1889||{{red dot}}
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| 40||Herbert Warren Ladd ||1889 - 1890||{{red dot}}
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| 41||John William Davis ||1890 – 1891||{{blue dot}}
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| 42||Herbert Warren Ladd ||1891 – 1892||{{red dot}}
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| 43||Daniel Russell Brown ||1892 - 1895||{{red dot}}
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| 44||Charles Warren Lippitt ||1895 - 1897||{{red dot}}
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| 45||Elisha Dyer ||1897 - 1900||{{red dot}}
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| 46||William Gregory ||1900 - 1901||{{red dot}}
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| 47||Charles Dean Kimball ||1901 - 1903||{{red dot}}
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| 48||Lucius Fayette Clark Garvin ||1903 - 1905||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 49||George Herbert Utter ||1905 - 1907||{{red dot}}
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| 50||James Henry Higgins ||1907 - 1909||{{blue dot}}
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|-
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| 51||Aram Pothier ||1909 - 1915||{{red dot}}
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| 52||Robert Livingston Beeckman ||1915 - 1921||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 53||Emery J. San Souci ||1921 - 1923||{{red dot}}
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| 54||William Smith Flynn ||1923 - 1925||{{blue dot}}
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| 55||Aram Pothier ||1925 – 1928||{{red dot}}
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| 56||Norman Stanley Case ||1928 - 1933||{{red dot}}
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| 57||Theodore Francis Green ||1933 - 1937||{{blue dot}}
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| 58||Robert Emmet Quinn ||1937 - 1939||{{blue dot}}
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| 59||William Henry Vanderbilt ||1939 - 1941||{{red dot}}
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| 60||James Howard McGrath ||1941 - 1945||{{blue dot}}
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| 61||John Orlando Pastore ||1945 - 1950||{{blue dot}}
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| 62||John Sammon McKiernan ||1950 - 1951||{{blue dot}}
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| 63||Dennis Joseph Roberts ||1951 - 1959||{{blue dot}}
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| 64||Christopher Del Sesto ||1959 - 1961||{{red dot}}
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| 65||John A. Notte ||1961 - 1963||{{blue dot}}
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| 66||John Hubbard Chafee ||1963 - 1969||{{red dot}}
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| 67||Frank Licht ||1969 - 1973||{{blue dot}}
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| 68||Philip W. Noel ||1973 - 1977||{{blue dot}}
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| 69||J. Joseph Garrahy ||1977 - 1984||{{blue dot}}
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| 70||Edward D. DiPrete ||1985 - 1991||{{red dot}}
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| 71||Bruce G. Sundlun ||1991 - 1995||{{blue dot}}
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| 72||Lincoln Almond ||1995 - 2003||{{red dot}}
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|-
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| 73||[[Don Carcieri]] ||2003 - 2011||{{red dot}}
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| 74||[[Lincoln Chafee]]||2011 – present||{{blue dot}}
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==History==
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===Partisan balance 1992-2013===
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::''See also: [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States]] and [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Rhode Island]]’’
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[[File:Rhode Island gubernatorial pie chart 1992-2013.png|thumb|Partisan breakdown of the Rhode Island governorship from 1992-2013]]
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From 1992-2013, in Rhode Island there were Democratic governors in office for three years while there were Republican governors in office for 16 years.
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Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
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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 have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
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The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Rhode Island|Office of the Governor of Rhode Island]], the [[Rhode Island State Senate]] and the [[Rhode Island House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
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[[File:Partisan composition of Rhode Island state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''"Rhode Island" + Governor'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
  
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==Contact information==
 
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==External links==
 
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==References==
 
==References==
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Revision as of 10:08, 1 July 2013

Rhode Island Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $5,515,431
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Rhode Island Constitution, Article IX, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Lincoln Chafee.jpg
Name:  Lincoln Chafee
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 4, 2011
Compensation:  $129,210
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Rhode Island Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Rhode Island. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

As of October 2014, Rhode Island is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas.

Current officer

The 74th and current governor is Lincoln Chafee, a Democrat first elected in 2010 as an Independent.[1] Chafee, who served seven years as a Republican member of the U.S. Senate before becoming an Independent in 2007, switched his party affiliation to Democrat in May 30, 2013.[2]

Authority

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

Under Article IX, Section I:

The chief executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor...

Qualifications

Governors
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Current Governors
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Current Lt. Governors
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Under Article III, Of Qualification for Office, governors must be:

  • a qualified elector of Rhode island
  • not serving a sentence for, on probation for, or on parole for any felony
  • not bound by any other oath of Office, including holding any other state office or holding a federal office

Elections

Rhode Island elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Rhode Island, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Rhode Island governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.

Rhode Island Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

No person shall serve consecutively in the same general office for more than two (2) full terms, excluding any partial term of less than two (2) years previously served.

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Rhode Island State Governors from 1992-2013.
Governor of Rhode Island Partisanship.PNG

Vacancies

See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IX, Sections 9 and 10.

If the office of the Governor becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment or inability to serve, the Lieutenant Governor will fill the office until a Governor is qualified to act or until the office is filled at the next election.

If the office of the Lieutenant Governor is also vacant, the Speaker of the House is the next in the line of succession.

Duties

The Governor is responsible for maintaining that laws are executed according to state law and the state constitution (§ 2).

Additionally, the Governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces (§ 3); has the responsibility to submit the state budget to General Assembly annually (§ 19), and may call for special sessions with the Assembly (§ 7).

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Appointing, with the consent of the Senate, all offices not otherwise provided for (§ 5)
  • Adjourning the General Assembly when its members cannot agree to do so themselves (§ 6)
  • Signing and sealing all commissions made by the state of Rhode Island (§ 8)
  • Granting reprieves, after conviction, in all cases, except those of impeachment, until the end of the next session of the General Assembly (§ 4)
  • Granting pardons, after conviction, in all cases, except those of impeachment, until the end of the next session of the General Assembly (§ 13)
  • Vetoing bills, resolutions, and votes, subject to a two-thirds legislative override (§ 14)

Divisions

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for information that describes the divisions (if any exist) of a state executive office. That information for the Governor of Rhode Island has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

State budget

The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $5,515,431.[3]

Compensation

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


The governor's salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term.

2013

In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $129,210.[4]

2012

In 2012, the Rhode Island Governor was paid an estimated $129,210. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 74 governors of Rhode Island since 1775. Of the 74 officeholders, 32 were Democrats, 18 were Republican, 9 had no party, 7 were Whigs, 5 were F-R, 1 was Democratic-Republican, 1 was DFS, and 1 was AP.[5]

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

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

From 1992-2013, in Rhode Island there were Democratic governors in office for three years while there were Republican governors in office for 16 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 have 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 Rhode Island, the Rhode Island State Senate and the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Rhode Island state government(1992-2013).PNG

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Rhode Island" + Governor

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Contact information

Office of the Governor
State House, Room 115
Providence, RI 02903
Phone:401-222-2080
Fax:401-222-8096

See also

External links

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References