Governor of Nevada
|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|
|Assumed office:||January 3, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Nevada Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Controller • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Agriculture Director • Insurance Commissioner • Director of Conservation and Natural Resources • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Commission • Employment, Training and Rehabilitation|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Elections
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 History
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
As of March 2015, Nevada is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.
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.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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|
|Republican||Brian Sandoval Incumbent||70.6%||386,340|
|Independent||None of these candidates||2.9%||15,751|
|Independent American||David Lory VanderBeek||2.7%||14,536|
|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|
|Green||David Scott Curtis||0.6%||4,437|
|Libertarian||Arthur Forrest lampitt||0.7%||4,672|
|Independent||Aaron Y. Honig||0.5%||3,216|
|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|
|Ind. American||Christopher Hansen||3.6%||20,019|
|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|
|Republican||Kenny Guinn Incumbent||71.6%||344,001|
|Ind. American||David Holmgren||1.5%||7,047|
|Green||A. Charles Laws||1%||4,775|
|Election Results Via: US Election Atlas Results|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Nevada governors are restricted to two terms in office during their lifetime.
|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.|
There are two methods available to remove a governor before the expiration of the gubernatorial term of office.
- Main article: Article 7, Nevada Constitution
- Main article: Laws governing recall in Nevada
Petitions signed by Nevada voters equal in number to 25% 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.
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Role in state budget
- See also: Nevada state budget and finances
- Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in January.
- Agencies submit their requests to the governor in August.
- Agency hearings are held in September and December.
- The governor submits the budget to the Nevada State Legislature in January.
- The legislature passes a budget in May or June. A simply majority is needed to pass a budget.
The governor is required by statute to submit a balanced budget. In turn, the legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget.
Governor's office budget
The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $2,399,335.
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.
In 2013, the governor's salary was $149,573.
In 2010, the governor was paid $141,000, the 15th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
Partisan balance 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.
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.
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.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1864-Present|
|1||James Warren Nye||1864 - 1864||Republican|
|2||Henry Goode Blasdel||1864 - 1871||Republican|
|3||Lewis Rice Bradley||1871 - 1879||Democratic|
|4||John Henry Kinkead||1879 - 1883||Republican|
|5||Jewett William Adams||1883 - 1887||Democratic|
|6||Charles Clark Stevenson||1887 - 1890||Republican|
|7||Frank Jardine Bell||1890 - 1891||Republican|
|8||Roswell Keyes Colcord||1891 - 1895||Republican|
|9||John Edward Jones||1895 - 1896||Silver|
|10||Reinhold Sadler||1896 - 1903||Silver|
|11||John Sparks||1903 - 1908||Silver-Democratic|
|12||Denver Sylvester Dickerson||1908 - 1911||Democratic|
|13||Tasker Lowndes Oddie||1911 - 1915||Republican|
|14||Emmet Derby Boyle||1915 - 1923||Democratic|
|15||James Graves Scrugham||1923 - 1927||Democratic|
|16||Frederick Bennett Balzar||1927 - 1934||Republican|
|17||Morley Isaac Griswold||1934 - 1935||Republican|
|18||Richard Kirman||1935 - 1939||Democratic|
|19||Edward Peter Carville||1939 - 1945||Democratic|
|20||Vail Montgomery Pittman||1945 - 1951||Democratic|
|21||Charles Hinton Russell||1951 - 1959||Republican|
|22||Grant Sawyer||1959 - 1967||Democratic|
|23||Paul Dominque Laxalt||1967 - 1971||Republican|
|24||Mike O'Callaghan||1971 - 1979||Democratic|
|25||Robert Frank List||1978 - 1983||Republican|
|26||Richard H. Bryan||1983 - 1989||Democratic|
|27||Bob Miller||1989 - 1999||Democratic|
|28||Kenny Guinn||1999 - 2007||Republican|
|29||Jim Gibbons||2007 - 2011||Republican|
|30||Brian Sandoval||2011 -||Republican|
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101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
- Nevada Office of Governor, "About the Governor" accessed November 1, 2012 (dead link)
- Impeachment and Removal from Office
- Article 2 Sec. 9 - Recall of public officers: Procedure and limitations
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Experiences with Annual and Biennial Budgeting," updated April 2011
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "Budget Processes in the States, Summer 2008," accessed February 21, 2014
- Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, "FY 2012-2013 Appropriations Act," accessed April 17, 2013
- State Executive Department, “Salary,” accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013
- National Governors Association, "Nevada: Past Governors Bios," accessed August 4, 2013
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