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The Governor is the chief executive of a State in the United States government.

State Governors[]

Governor of Alaska[]

In 2002, Jacob Cutler, of Intergovernmental Affairs, met with the Governor of Alaska, as well as other northwest governors, to discuss issues concerning the border with Canada.[1]

Governor of Arizona[]

In 2006, the Governor of Arizona declared a state of emergency on their border with Mexico, due to increased illegal immigration.[2]

Governor of California[]

Ivan Perez ran for Governor once on the American Communist Party ticket.[3]

Governor of Connecticut[]

In 2000, the Governor of Connecticut was a Democrat who was entrusted by the White House to help end the fiasco brought about with Roberto Mendoza's arrest. He called the police station Mendoza was held in.[4]

Governor of Florida[]

Governor of Georgia[]

In 2002, after the arrest of a 13-year-old child in Rome for the shooting death of his teacher in DeKalb County, Georgia, the Governor of Georgia urged the Justice Department to help extradite the child back to Georgia to stand trial. He was unable to remove a death penalty possibility, but Josh Lyman contacted the DeKalb County District Attorney, Mark Farragut, and had it removed from the case.[1]

Governor of Idaho[]

After President Bartlet let the Yellowstone National Park fire spread, the Governor of Idaho joined with other nearby governors in denouncing the act as one of "fringe environmentalism."[5]

In 2001, Jacob Cutler, of Intergovernmental Affairs, met with the Governor of Idaho, as well as other northwest governors, to discuss issues concerning the border with Canada.[1]

In 2002, the Governor coordinated with FEMA and the President after an automotive wreck involving a nuclear hazards truck spilled uranium rods into an Idaho roadway. When FEMA let the Governor make the call evacuating Elk Horn or not, the Governor conceded the issue to the President.[6]

Governor of Illinois[]

Prior to 2006, a Republican Illinois Governor imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state.[2]

This is a reference to the 2003 moratorium by Illinois Governor George Ryan.

Later that year, however, the Democratic Governor called the Santos Campaign, when he believed they were pulling their Chicagoland advertising.[7]

Governor of Indiana[]

Governor of Louisiana[]

The political phrase "When in doubt do the right thing. The rest of the time, get away with whatever you can" was attributed by Arnold Vinick to a Louisiana Governor. The state's governors were known for being sent to prison for corruption.[8]

Governor of Michigan[]

In 2000, President Bartlet was concerned why the Governor of Michigan wasn't responsible for Simon Cruz's reprieve. He was then told it was a federal case.[9]

In 2001, during polling, Joey Lucas substituted the Governor of Michigan for the President to test responses to the President's as-yet unrevealed multiple sclerosis. President Bartlet "how's he gonna feel about it?" - referencing the Governor - when Josh told him of the plan.[10]

During the 2006 United States Presidential Election, the Governor met with Democratic Congressman Matt Santos at a campaign stop at Brayburn College.[11]

Governor of Mississippi[]

Attorney General Alan Fisk planned on running for Governor of Mississippi, and this was the reason he started prosecuting doctors in Oregon for narcotics crimes, in a controversial breech of federal-state enumerated powers. Fisk thought he would need alot more than a heavy pro-life stance to win the governorship.[12]

Governor of Montana[]

After President Bartlet let the Yellowstone National Park fire spread, the Governor of Montana joined with other nearby governors in denouncing the act as one of "fringe environmentalism."[5]

In 2001, Jacob Cutler, of Intergovernmental Affairs, met with the Governor of Idaho, as well as other northwest governors, to discuss issues concerning the border with Canada.[1]

Governor of Nebraska[]

In early 2003, the Governor of Nebraska met with the President and First Lady at Camp David.[13]

Governor of New Hampshire[]

Governor of New Jersey[]

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Bill Fisher planned on running for Governor of New Jersey in 2006. This was discovered in 2002 by Toby Ziegler, after Fisher announced a home ownership loan plan without administration approval.[6]

Governor of New Mexico[]

In 2006, the Governor of New Mexico declared a state of emergency on their border with Mexico, due to increased illegal immigration.[2]

Governor of New York[]

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (D; 1932)

In 2006, when Republican presidential candidate Arnold Vinick was planning on not attending the Al Smith Dinner, the Governor of New York called him personally to ask him to attend.[14]

Governor of North Dakota[]

In 2001, Jacob Cutler, of Intergovernmental Affairs, met with the Governor of Idaho, as well as other northwest governors, to discuss issues concerning the border with Canada.[1]

Governor of Oklahoma[]

Governor of Pennsylvania[]

Governor of Tennessee[]

Governor of Utah[]

After President Bartlet let the Yellowstone National Park fire spread, the Governor of Utah joined with other nearby governors in denouncing the act as one of "fringe environmentalism."[5]

Governor of West Virginia[]

Governor of Wyoming[]

In 2001, President Bartlet called up the Governor of Wyoming after wildfires began spreading in Yellowstone National Park. When President Bartlet followed the Secretary of the Interior's advise to leave the flames alone, the Governor held a television press conference and joined with other Governors in denouncing the President as a "fringe environmentalist."[5]

Other Governors[]

Their states were unspecified.
McKinley was Governor of Ohio, although this wasn't specified in the episode.
  • Governor Stockwell[16]
  • Governor Thomas[17]
  • Governor Watley[16]

In 1997, when Leo McGarry met with Josh Lyman about joining the Bartlet campaign, Lyman countered that the Democrats won't nominate another "liberal academic former governor from New England."[18]

This implies they have nominated one before '98. This may be a reference to Woodrow Wilson, who was Governor of New Jersey. It is however more likely that it refers to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee that lost against George H.W. Bush. He served as Governor of Massachusetts.

References[]

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