List of governors of Arkansas

The governor of Arkansas is the head of government of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The governor is the head of the executive branch of the Arkansas government and is charged with enforcing state laws. They have the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Arkansas General Assembly, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.[2]

Governor of Arkansas
Incumbent
Asa Hutchinson

since January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)
Style
StatusHead of Government
ResidenceArkansas Governor's Mansion
SeatState Capitol, Little Rock, Arkansas
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Arkansas
PrecursorGovernor of Arkansas Territory
Inaugural holderJames Sevier Conway
FormationSeptember 13, 1836
(185 years ago)
 (1836-09-13)
DeputyLieutenant Governor of Arkansas
SalaryUS$141,000 per annum
(2016)[1]
Websitegovernor.arkansas.gov

The state has had 46 elected governors, as well as 11 acting governors who assumed powers and duties following the resignation or death of the governor. Before becoming a state, Arkansas Territory had four governors appointed to it by the president of the United States. Orval Faubus (1955-1967) served the longest term as governor, being elected six times to serve 12 years. Bill Clinton (1979-1981; 1983-1992), elected 5 times over 2 distinct terms, fell only one month short of 12 years, and Mike Huckabee (1996-2007) served 10 years for two full four-year terms. The shortest term for an elected governor was the 38 days served by John Sebastian Little before his nervous breakdown; one of the acting successors to his term, Jesse M. Martin, took office only three days before the end of the term, the shortest term overall.

The current governor of Arkansas is Republican Asa Hutchinson, who was sworn in on January 13, 2015.