Gubernatorial lines of succession in the United States

The following is the planned order of succession for the governorships of the 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and the 5 organized territories of the United States, according to the constitutions (and supplemental laws, if any) of each.[1] Some states make a distinction whether the succeeding individual is acting as governor or becomes governor.

From 1980 to 1999, there were 13 successions of governorships. From 2000 to 2019 this number increased to 29.[2] The only instance since at least 1980 in which the second in line reached a state governorship was on January 8, 2002 when New Jersey Attorney General John Farmer Jr. acted as governor for 90 minutes between Donald DiFrancesco and John O. Bennett's terms in that capacity as president of the Senate following governor Christine Todd Whitman's resignation.[3] In 2019, Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico Wanda Vázquez Garced became governor when both the governor and secretary of state resigned in Telegramgate.

From 1945 to 2016, 39 of those who succeeded to the governorship ran for and won election to a full term.[4]

StatesEdit

AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

AlabamaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 127 of the Constitution of Alabama.[5]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor of Alabama Will Ainsworth (R)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Greg Reed (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R)
4 Attorney General Steve Marshall (R)
5 Auditor Jim Zeigler (R)
6 Secretary of State John Merrill (R)
7 Treasurer John McMillan (R)

AlaskaEdit

Established by Article III, Section 10 of the Constitution of Alaska.[6]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Alaska Mike Dunleavy (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Kevin Meyer (R)

ArizonaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution of Arizona.[7]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey (R)
1 Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D)
2 Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R)
3 Treasurer Kimberly Yee (R)
4 Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman (D)

ArkansasEdit

Established by Article VI, Section 5 of the Constitution of Arkansas as amended.[8]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Tim Griffin (R)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Jimmy Hickey Jr. (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Matthew Shepherd (R)

CaliforniaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of California[9] and Title 2, Division 3 of the California Codes.[10][11]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of California Gavin Newsom (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis (D)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Toni Atkins (D)
3 Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon (D)
4 Secretary of State Shirley Weber (D)
5 Attorney General Rob Bonta (D)
6 Treasurer Fiona Ma (D)
7 Controller Betty Yee (D)
8 Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond (NP)
9 Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara (D)
10 Chair of the Board of Equalization Malia Cohen (D)
11 List of 4–7 people named by Governor
(subject to confirmation by the Senate)
in the case of war or enemy-caused disaster.

ColoradoEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 13 of the Constitution of Colorado.[12]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Colorado Jared Polis (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera (D)
2 President of the Senate[a] Leroy Garcia (D)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives[a] Alec Garnett (D)
4 Minority Leader of the House[a] Hugh McKean (R)
5 Minority Leader of the Senate[b] Chris Holbert (R)

ConnecticutEdit

Established by Article IV, Sections 18–21 of the Constitution of Connecticut.[13]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz (D)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Martin Looney (D)

DelawareEdit

Established by Article III, Section 20 of the Constitution of Delaware.[14]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Delaware John Carney (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long (D)
2 Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock (D)
3 Attorney General Kathy Jennings (D)
4 President pro tempore of the Senate David Sokola (D)
5 Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Schwartzkopf (D)

FloridaEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution of Florida[15] and Florida Statute 14.055.[16]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez (R)
2 Attorney General Ashley Moody (R)
3 Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis (R)
4 Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D)

GeorgiaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 1, Paragraph V of the Constitution of Georgia.[17]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston (R)

HawaiiEdit

Established by Article V, Section 4 of the Constitution of Hawaii[18] and Title 4 §26-2 of the Hawaii code.[19]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Hawaii David Ige (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Josh Green (D)
2 President of the Senate Ron Kouchi (D)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Scott Saiki (D)
4 Attorney General Clare E. Connors (D)
5 Director of Finance Roderick Becker
6 Comptroller Curt Otaguro
7 Director of Taxation Linda Chu Takayama
8 Director of Human Resources Development Ryker Wada

IdahoEdit

Established by Article IV, Sections 12–14 of the Constitution of Idaho.[20]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Idaho Brad Little (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin (R)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Chuck Winder (R)

IllinoisEdit

Established by Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution of Illinois[21] and the Governor Succession Act[22]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Illinois J. B. Pritzker (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton (D)
2 Attorney General Kwame Raoul (D)
3 Secretary of State Jesse White (D)
4 Comptroller Susana Mendoza (D)
5 Treasurer Mike Frerichs (D)
6 President of the Senate Don Harmon (D)
7 Speaker of the House of Representatives Emanuel Chris Welch (D)

IndianaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Indiana.[23]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Indiana Eric Holcomb (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Todd Huston (R)
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Rodric Bray (R)
4 Treasurer Kelly Mitchell (R)
5 Secretary of State Holli Sullivan (R)
6 Auditor Tera Klutz (R)

IowaEdit

Established by Article IV, Sections 17–19 of the Constitution of Iowa.[24]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg (R)
2 President of the Senate Jake Chapman (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Pat Grassley (R)

KansasEdit

Established by KSA Statute 75–125[25] and the Emergency Interim Executive and Judicial Succession Act of 1994.[26]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Kansas Laura Kelly (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor David Toland (D)
2 President of the Senate Ty Masterson (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Ron Ryckman Jr. (R)
Eligible to serve as emergency interim Governor if 1–3 are vacant
4 Secretary of State Scott Schwab (R)
5 Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R)

KentuckyEdit

Established by Sections 84,[27] 85[28] and 87[29] of the Kentucky Constitution.

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman (D)
2 President of the Senate Robert Stivers (R)
3 Attorney General[c] Daniel Cameron (R)
4 Auditor[c] Mike Harmon (R)

LouisianaEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 14 of the Constitution of Louisiana.[30]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser (R)
2 Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin (R)
3 Attorney General Jeff Landry (R)
4 Treasurer John Schroder (R)
5 President of the Senate Page Cortez (R)
6 Speaker of the House of Representatives Clay Schexnayder (R)

MaineEdit

Established by Article V, Part 1, Section 14 of the Constitution of Maine.[31]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Maine Janet Mills (D)
1 President of the Senate Troy Jackson (D)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Ryan Fecteau (D)
3 Secretary of State[c] Shenna Bellows (D)

MarylandEdit

Established by Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of Maryland.[32]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford (R)
2 President of the Senate[d] Bill Ferguson (D)

MassachusettsEdit

Established by Article LV of the Constitution of Massachusetts.[33]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (R)
2 Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin (D)
3 Attorney General Maura Healey (D)
4 Treasurer and Receiver-General Deb Goldberg (D)
5 Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (D)

MichiganEdit

Established by Article V, Section 26 of the Constitution of Michigan,[34] Section 10.2 of the Revised Statutes of 1846[35] and the Emergency Interim Executive Succession Act (PA 202 of 1959, Section 31.4)[36][37]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist (D)
2 Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D)
3 Attorney General Dana Nessel (D)
4 President pro tempore of the Senate Aric Nesbitt (R)
5 Speaker of the House of Representatives Jason Wentworth (R)
Eligible to serve as emergency interim Governor if 1–5 are vacant
6 List of 5 people named by the Governor State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks
7 Fmr. Lieutenant Governor John Cherry (D)
8 Wayne County Exec. Warren Evans (D)
9 Businessman Gary Torgow
10 U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)

MinnesotaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 5 of the Minnesota Constitution[38] and Minnesota Statute 4.06.[39]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz (DFL)
1 Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan (DFL)
2 President of the Senate Jeremy Miller (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Melissa Hortman (DFL)
4 Secretary of State Steve Simon (DFL)
5 Auditor Julie Blaha (DFL)
6 Attorney General Keith Ellison (DFL)

MississippiEdit

Established by Article V, Section 131 of the Constitution of Mississippi.[40]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann (R)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Dean Kirby (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Philip Gunn (R)

MissouriEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 11(a) of the Constitution of Missouri.[41]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Missouri Mike Parson (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe (R)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Dave Schatz (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Rob Vescovo (R)
4 Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R)
5 Auditor Nicole Galloway (D)
6 Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick (R)
7 Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R)

MontanaEdit

Established by Article VI, Section 6 of the Constitution of Montana[42] and Montana Code 2-16-511 to 2-16-513.[43][44][45]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Montana Greg Gianforte (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras (R)
2 President of the Senate Mark Blasdel (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Wylie Galt (R)
4 Most senior member of the Montana Legislature[e][f] Duane Ankney (R)

NebraskaEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 16 of the Constitution of Nebraska.[46]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Nebraska Pete Ricketts (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley (R)
2 Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers (R)[g]

NevadaEdit

Established by Nevada Revised Statute 223.080.[47]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Nevada Steve Sisolak (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall (D)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Mo Denis (D)
3 Speaker of the Assembly Jason Frierson (D)
4 Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske (R)

New HampshireEdit

Established by Part 2, Article 49 of the Constitution of New Hampshire.[48]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of New Hampshire Chris Sununu (R)
1 President of the Senate Chuck Morse (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Sherman Packard (R)
3 Secretary of State[c] Bill Gardner (D)
4 Treasurer[c] Monica Mezzapelle

New JerseyEdit

Established by Article V, Section I, Paragraph 7 of the Constitution of New Jersey[49] and New Jersey Revised Statute 52:14A-4.[50]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver (D)
2 President of the Senate Stephen M. Sweeney (D)
3 Speaker of the General Assembly Craig Coughlin (D)
Eligible to serve as emergency interim Governor if 1–3 are vacant
4 Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (D)
5 Commissioner of Transportation Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti

New MexicoEdit

Established by Article V, Section 7 of the Constitution of New Mexico[51]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales (D)
2 Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D)
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Mimi Stewart (D)
4 Speaker of the House of Representatives Brian Egolf (D)

New YorkEdit

Established by Article IV, Sections 5–6 of the New York Constitution[52] and Article 1-A, Section 5 of the Defense Emergency Act of 1951.[53]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (D)
2 Temporary President of the Senate Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D)
3 Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie (D)
Eligible to serve as emergency interim Governor if 1–3 are vacant
4 Attorney General Letitia James (D)
5 Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (D)
6 Commissioner of Transportation Marie Therese Dominguez
7 Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker
Commissioner of Commerce[h] n/a
Industrial Commissioner[h] n/a
8 Chair of the Public Service Commission John B. Rhodes
9 Secretary of State Rossana Rosado (D)

North CarolinaEdit

Established by Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution of North Carolina[54] and G.S. Section 147.11.1.[55]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson (R)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Philip E. Berger (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Tim Moore (R)
4 Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D)
5 Auditor Beth Wood (D)
6 Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt (R)
7 Attorney General Josh Stein (D)
8 Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler (R)
9 Commissioner of Labor Josh Dobson (R)
10 Commissioner of Insurance Mike Causey (R)

North DakotaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 11 of the Constitution of North Dakota.[56]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford (R)
2 Secretary of State Alvin Jaeger (R)

OhioEdit

Established by Article III, Section 15 of the Constitution of Ohio[57] and Title I, Chapter 161 of the Ohio Revised Code.[58]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Jon A. Husted (R)
2 President of the Senate Matt Huffman (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Robert R. Cupp (R)
4 Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R)
5 Treasurer Robert Sprague (R)
6 Auditor Keith Faber (R)
7 Attorney General Dave Yost (R)

OklahomaEdit

As provided by Article VI, Section 15 of the Constitution of Oklahoma[59] and the Oklahoma Emergency Interim Executive and Judicial Succession Act.

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma Matt Pinnell (R)
2 President Pro Tempore of the Senate Greg Treat (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Charles McCall (R)
Eligible to serve as emergency interim Governor if 1–3 are vacant
4 State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd (R)
5 Attorney General Michael J. Hunter (R)
6 State Treasurer Randy McDaniel (R)
7 Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister (R)
8 Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn (R)
9 Corporation Commissioner (by length of tenure) Bob Anthony (R)
10 Dana Murphy (R)
11 Todd Hiett (R)

OregonEdit

Established by Article V, Section 8a of the Constitution of Oregon[60]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Oregon Kate Brown (D)
1 Secretary of State Shemia Fagan (D)
2 Treasurer Tobias Read (D)
3 President of the Senate Peter Courtney (D)
4 Speaker of the House of Representatives Tina Kotek (D)

PennsylvaniaEdit

Established by Article IV, Sections 13–14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution[61][62]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Jake Corman (R)

Rhode IslandEdit

Established by Article IX, Sections 9–10 of the Constitution of Rhode Island[63]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Rhode Island Daniel McKee (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos (D)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Shekarchi (D)

South CarolinaEdit

Established by Article IV, Sections 6 and 7 of the South Carolina Constitution[64] and South Carolina Code of Laws sections 1-3-120,[65] 1-3-130[66] and 1-9-30.[67]

# Position Current officeholder
Governor of South Carolina Henry McMaster (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette (R)
2 President of the Senate Harvey S. Peeler Jr. (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Jay Lucas (R)
Eligible to serve as emergency interim governor if 1–3 are vacant
4 Secretary of State Mark Hammond (R)
5 Treasurer Curtis Loftis (R)
6 Attorney General Alan Wilson (R)

South DakotaEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 6 of the Constitution of South Dakota.[68]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden (R)

TennesseeEdit

Established by Article III, Section 12 of the Constitution of Tennessee[69] and Acts 1941, Chapter 99 §1.[70]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Tennessee Bill Lee (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate Randy McNally (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Cameron Sexton (R)
3 Secretary of State Tre Hargett (R)
4 Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson (R)

TexasEdit

Established by Article IV, Sections 3a and 16–18 of the Constitution of Texas[71] and Chapter 401.023 of Title 4 the Texas Code.[72]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Texas Greg Abbott (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R)
2 President pro tempore of the Senate Brian Birdwell (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Dade Phelan (R)
4 Attorney General Ken Paxton (R)
Chief Justices of the Texas Courts of Appeals, in numerical order
5 1st Court of Appeals (Houston) Sherry Radack (R)
6 2nd Court of Appeals (Fort Worth) Bonnie Sudderth (R)
7 3rd Court of Appeals (Austin) Darlene Byrne (D)
8 4th Court of Appeals (San Antonio) Rebeca Martinez (D)
9 5th Court of Appeals (Dallas) Robert Burns III (D)
10 6th Court of Appeals (Texarkana) Josh Morriss (R)
11 7th Court of Appeals (Amarillo) Brian Quinn (R)
12 8th Court of Appeals (El Paso) Yvonne Rodriguez (D)
13 9th Court of Appeals (Beaumont) Scott Golemon (R)
14 10th Court of Appeals (Waco) Tom Gray (R)
15 11th Court of Appeals (Eastland) John M. Bailey (R)
16 12th Court of Appeals (Tyler) Jim Worthen (R)
17 13th Court of Appeals (Corpus Christi) Dori Contreras (D)
18 14th Court of Appeals (Houston) Tracy Christopher (R)

UtahEdit

Established by Article VII, Section 11 of the Constitution of Utah[73] and the Emergency Interim Succession Act (C53-2a-803).[74]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Utah Spencer Cox (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Deirdre Henderson (R)
2 President of the Senate J. Stuart Adams (R)
3 Speaker of the House of Representatives Brad Wilson (R)
Eligible to serve as emergency interim Governor if 1–3 are vacant
4 Attorney General Sean Reyes (R)
5 Treasurer David Damschen (R)
6 Auditor John Dougall (R)

VermontEdit

Established by Chapter II, Section 20 of the Constitution of Vermont,[75] 3 VSA §1[76] and 20 VSA §183.[77]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Vermont Phil Scott (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray (D)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Jill Krowinski (D)
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Becca Balint (D)
4 Secretary of State Jim Condos (D)
5 Treasurer Beth Pearce (D)

VirginiaEdit

Established by Article V, Section 16 of the Constitution of Virginia.[78]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D)
2 Attorney General Mark Herring (D)
3 Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn (D)
4 House of Delegates convenes to fill the vacancy

WashingtonEdit

Established by Article III, Section 10 of the Constitution of Washington.[79]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Washington Jay Inslee (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck (D)
2 Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R)
3 Treasurer Mike Pellicciotti (D)
4 Auditor Pat McCarthy (D)
5 Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
6 Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal (NP)
7 Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz (D)

West VirginiaEdit

Established by Article VII, Section 16 of the Constitution of West Virginia.[80]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of West Virginia Jim Justice (R)
1 President of the Senate Craig Blair (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Delegates Roger Hanshaw (R)
3 New Governor elected by a joint vote of the Legislature

WisconsinEdit

Established by Article V, Sections 7 and 8 of the Constitution of Wisconsin.[81]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes (D)
2 Secretary of State Doug La Follette (D)

WyomingEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 6 of the Wyoming Constitution.[82]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Wyoming Mark Gordon (R)
1 Secretary of State Edward Buchanan (R)

Federal districtEdit

Washington, D.C.Edit

Established by Title IV, Section 421(c)(2) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act.[83]

# Office Current officeholder
Mayor of Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser (D)
1 Chair of the D.C. Council Phil Mendelson (D)

Organized territoriesEdit

American SamoaEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 4 Constitution of American Samoa[84] and Section 4.0106 of the American Samoa Codes Annotated.[85]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of American Samoa Lemanu Peleti Mauga (D)[i]
1 Lieutenant Governor Eleasalo Ale (D)[i]
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Savali Talavou Ale (R)[j]

GuamEdit

Established by Subchapter 1, Section 1422(b) of the Guam Organic Act of 1950.[86]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Guam Lou Leon Guerrero (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio (D)
2 Speaker of the Legislature Therese M. Terlaje (D)

Northern Mariana IslandsEdit

Established by Article III, Section 7 of the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Constitution.[87]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Torres (R)
1 Lieutenant Governor Arnold Palacios (R)
2 President of the Senate Jude Hofschneider (R)

Puerto RicoEdit

Established by Article IV, Section 8 of the Constitution of Puerto Rico[88] and Law No. 7 of 2005[89]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi (PNP/D)
1 Secretary of State Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez (PNP/R)
2 Secretary of Justice Domingo Emanuelli
Secretary of Treasury Francisco Parés Alicea[k]
3 Secretary of Education Elba Aponte Santos (PNP)
4 Secretary of Labor and Human Resources Carlos Rivera Santiago
5 Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Carlos Contreras Aponte
6 Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce Manuel Cidre
7 Secretary of Health Carlos Mellado López

U.S. Virgin IslandsEdit

Established by Subsection IV §1595(b, e) of the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands[90] and the Executive Succession Act of 1972[91]

# Office Current officeholder
Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Albert Bryan (D)
1 Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach (D)
2 President of the Legislature Donna Frett-Gregory (D)
3 Vice President of the Legislature Novelle Francis (D)
4 Commissioner of Finance Kirk Callwood
5 Attorney General Denise George
6 Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jenifer O'Neal
7 Commissioner of Education Racquel Berry-Benjamin
8 Commission of Public Works Nelson Petty Jr.
9 Commission of Sports, Parks and Recreation Calvert White
10 Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Must be the same party as the outgoing governor. If the current officeholder is not a member of the same party, skip to the next on the list.
  2. ^ If the Minority Leader of the Senate is not a member of the same party as the outgoing Governor, succession goes back to the President pro tempore of the Senate.
  3. ^ a b c d e Only eligible to serve until a new President of the Senate is elected.
  4. ^ Only eligible to serve until a new Governor is elected by the General Assembly.
  5. ^ "Senior" is defined as the member of the legislature who has served "for the longest continuous period of time", with age being the tiebreaker (in favor of the older/oldest) person if multiple people qualify. Sen. Ankney served for eight years in the state House of Representatives from 2007-2015 and went directly to the state Senate, serving until the present.
  6. ^ Only eligible to serve until a new Governor is elected by a joint session of the Legislature.
  7. ^ The Nebraska Legislature is officially nonpartisan, but Speaker Scheer identifies with the Republican Party.
  8. ^ a b The New York Defense Emergency Act of 1951 calls for the "Commissioner of Commerce" and the "Industrial Commissioner" to be in the emergency line of succession. However, these departments/positions no longer appear to exist and it is unclear if there have been statutory changes made to accommodate the line of succession.
  9. ^ a b Elections in American Samoa are officially nonpartisan, but Gov. Mauga and Lt. Gov. Ale both identify with the Democratic Party.
  10. ^ Elections in American Samoa are officially nonpartisan, but Speaker Ale identifies with the Republican Party.
  11. ^ The Constitution of Puerto Rico requires that the Governor be at least 35 years old. As of May 2020, Secretary Parés is only 32.

ReferencesEdit

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