List of governors of Andhra Pradesh

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The governor of Andhra Pradesh is the head of state of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Governors in India have similar powers and functions at the state level as those of the president of India at the central level. They exist in the state appointed by the president of India for a term of five years and they are not local to the state that they are appointed to govern. The factors based on which the president evaluates the candidates is not mentioned in the constitution. The governor acts as the nominal head whereas the real power lies with the Chief Minister of the state and their council of ministers.This is a list of governors of Andhra Pradesh, including Andhra State and united Andhra Pradesh, in office from 1953 to the present date. The official residence of the governor is the Raj Bhavan, situated in Vijayawada. E. S. L. Narasimhan is the longest serving governor.

Governor of Andhra Pradesh
ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ గవర్నరు
ĀndhraPradēś Governoru
S. Abdul Nazeer
since 24 February 2023 (2023-02-24)
StyleHis/Her Excellency
StatusHead of State
Reports toPresident of India
Government of India
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
AppointerPresident of India
Term length5 years
PrecursorGovernor of Andhra State
Inaugural holderChandulal Madhavlal Trivedi
Formation1 November 1956; 67 years ago (1956-11-01)
Salary350,000 (US$4,200) (per month)
The state of Andhra Pradesh in India has had 24 Governors since 1953

The current incumbent is S. Abdul Nazeer since 24 February 2023.



Article 157 and Article 158 of the Constitution of India specify eligibility requirements for the post of governor. They are as follows:

A governor must:

Powers and functions


The governor enjoys many different types of powers:

  • Executive powers related to administration, appointments and removals,
  • Legislative powers related to lawmaking and the state legislature, that is Saasana Sabha (Legislative Assembly) or Saasana Mandali (Legislative Council), and
  • Discretionary powers to be carried out according to the discretion of the Governor.

Apart from enjoying various constitutional powers, the governor of Andhra Pradesh is the ex-officio Chancellor of the state universities of Andhra Pradesh. The universities include Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Adikavi Nannaya University, Andhra University, Cluster University, Dr. Abdul Haq Urdu University, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Dr. YSR Architecture & Fine Arts University, Dr. Y.S.R. Horticultural University, Dravidian University, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (Anantapur), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (Kakinada), Krishna University, Rayalaseema University, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Sri Venkateswara University, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Vikrama Simhapuri University and Yogi Vemana University

List of governors




Governors of Andhra State, Andhra State consisted of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. This state was carved out of Madras State in 1953.

Data from Andhra Pradesh State Portal.[1]

# Portrait Governor
Term of the office Home state Previous post Appointed by
Assumed office Left office Time in office
Chandulal Madhavlal Trivedi
1 October 1953 31 October 1956 3 years, 30 days Gujarat Governor of Punjab Rajendra Prasad

Since 1956


On 1 November 1956, Hyderabad State ceased to exist; its Gulbarga and Aurangabad divisions were merged into Mysore State and Bombay State respectively. Its remaining Telugu-speaking portion, was merged with Andhra State to form the new state of United Andhra Pradesh. The state was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states on 2 June 2014 by Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

# Portrait Governor
Term of the office Home state Previous post Appointed by
Assumed office Left office Time in office
Chandulal Madhavlal Trivedi
1 November 1956 1 August 1957 2 years, 274 days Gujarat Governor of Andhra state Rajendra Prasad
Bhim Sen Sachar
1 August 1957 8 September 1962 5 years, 38 days Punjab Governor of Odisha
S. M. Shrinagesh
8 September 1962 4 May 1964 1 year, 239 days Maharashtra Governor of Assam Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Pattom A. Thanu Pillai
4 May 1964 11 April 1968 3 years, 343 days Kerala Governor of Punjab
5  – Khandubhai Kasanji Desai
11 April 1968 25 January 1975 6 years, 289 days Gujarat Minister of Labour Zakir Husain
6  – S. Obul Reddy
25 January 1975 10 January 1976 350 days Andhra Pradesh Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Mohan Lal Sukhadia
10 January 1976 16 June 1976 158 days Rajasthan Governor of Karnataka
Ramchandra Dhondiba Bhandare
16 June 1976 17 February 1977 246 days Maharashtra Governor of Bihar
9  – B. J. Divan
17 February 1977 5 May 1977 77 days Gujarat Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court B. D. Jatti (acting)
Sharda Mukherjee
5 May 1977 15 August 1978 1 year, 102 days Maharashtra Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
11  – K. C. Abraham
15 August 1978 15 August 1983 5 years, 0 days Kerala Member of the Indian National Congress Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
Thakur Ram Lal
15 August 1983 29 August 1984 1 year, 14 days Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Giani Zail Singh
Shankar Dayal Sharma
29 August 1984 26 November 1985 1 year, 89 days Madhya Pradesh President of the Indian National Congress
Kumudben Joshi
26 November 1985 7 February 1990 4 years, 73 days Gujarat Deputy Minister of Health and Family Welfare
Krishan Kant
7 February 1990 22 August 1997 7 years, 196 days Gujarat Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha R. Venkataraman
16  – Gopala Ramanujam
22 August 1997 24 November 1997 94 days Tamil Nadu Governor of Odisha K. R. Narayanan
C. Rangarajan
24 November 1997 3 January 2003 5 years, 40 days Tamil Nadu Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
Surjit Singh Barnala
3 January 2003 4 November 2004 1 year, 306 days Punjab Governor of Uttarakhand A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Sushilkumar Shinde
4 November 2004 29 January 2006 1 year, 86 days Maharashtra Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Rameshwar Thakur
29 January 2006 22 August 2007 1 year, 205 days Jharkhand Governor of Odisha
N. D. Tiwari
22 August 2007 27 December 2009 2 years, 127 days Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pratibha Patil
E. S. L. Narasimhan
27 December 2009 22 January 2010 9 years, 208 days Tamil Nadu Governor of Chhattisgarh
22 23 January 2010 1 June 2014
2 June 2014[note 1][i] 23 July 2019 Pranab Mukherjee
Biswabhusan Harichandan
24 July 2019 23 February 2023 3 years, 214 days Odisha Member of Odisha Legislative Assembly Ram Nath Kovind
Syed Abdul Nazeer
24 February 2023 Incumbent 1 year, 149 days Karnataka Judge of the Supreme Court of India Droupadi Murmu


Syed Abdul NazeerBiswabhusan HarichandanE. S. L. NarasimhanE. S. L. NarasimhanN. D. TiwariRameshwar ThakurSushilkumar ShindeSurjit Singh BarnalaC. RangarajanGopala RamanujamKrishnan KantKumudben JoshiShankar Dayal SharmaThakur Ram LalK.C. AbrahamSharda MukherjeeB.J. DivanRamchandra Dhondiba BhandareMohan Lal SukhadiaS. Obul ReddyKhandubhai Kasanji DesaiPattom A. Thanu PillaiS.M. ShrinageshBhim Sen SancharChandulal Madhavlal Trivedi

See also



  1. ^ Also served as Governor of Telangana
  1. ^ After 58 years, the state was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states on 2 June 2014 by Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.


  1. ^ "List of Governors". AP State Portal. Government of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 27 August 2018.