List of Governors of Ohio

Governor of the State of Ohio
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Seal of the Governor of Ohio
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John Kasich

since January 10, 2011
StyleThe Honorable
ResidenceOhio Governor's Mansion Resides in his private home in Westerville, Ohio.
Term lengthFour years, two consecutive with four-year pause thereafter
Inaugural holderEdward Tiffin
FormationMarch 3, 1803
DeputyLieutenant Governor of Ohio
Salary$148,886 (2015)[1]

The Governor of the State of Ohio is the head of the executive branch of the Government of Ohio[2] and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. state's military forces.[3] The officeholder has a duty to enforce state laws, the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Ohio General Assembly,[4] the power to convene the legislature[5] and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.[6]

There have been 63 governors of Ohio, serving 69 distinct terms. The longest term was held by Jim Rhodes, who was elected four times and served just under sixteen years in two non-consecutive periods of two terms each (1963–1971 and 1975–1983). The shortest terms were held by John William Brown and Nancy Hollister, who each served for only 11 days after the governors preceding them resigned in order to begin the terms to which they had been elected in the United States Senate; the shortest-serving elected governor was John M. Pattison, who died in office five months into his term. The current governor is Republican John Kasich, who took office on January 10, 2011.


To become governor of Ohio, a candidate must be a qualified elector in the state. This means that any candidate for governor must be at least 18 years old at the time of his/her election, a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election, and a U.S. citizen. Convicted felons and those deemed by the courts as incompetent to vote are not eligible.