Table 4.9

Provisions for Number of Consecutive Terms

FIPS State or other
Governor Lt.
of state
Treasurer Auditor Comptroller Education Agriculture Labor Insurance
01Alabama2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C
02Alaska2 C2A(a)(b)
04Arizona2 C(c)2222
05Arkansas2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T
06California2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T
08Colorado2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C
10Delaware2 T2 TNNNN
12Florida2 C2AN2 C2 C (d)2 C (d)N2 C2 C (d)
13Georgia2 CNNNNNNN
15Hawaii2 C2 C(a)
18Indiana2 (e)N2 (e)2 (e)2 (e)(f)
20Kansas2 C2 CNNNN
21Kentucky2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C
22Louisiana2 CNNNNNNN
23Maine2 C(g)
24Maryland2 CNNN
26Michigan2 T2 T2 T2 T
28Mississippi2 T2 TNNNN
29Missouri2 TNNN2 TN
30Montana2 (i)2 (i)2 (i)2 (i)2 (i)2 (i)
31Nebraska2 C2 ANN2 CN
32Nevada2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T2 T
33New HampshireN (j)
34New Jersey2 CN
35New Mexico2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C
36New YorkNNNN (k)N
37North Carolina2 C2 CNNNNNNNN
38North DakotaNNNNNNNNNN
39Ohio2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C
40Oklahoma2 (l)2 TNNNNNN
41Oregon2 (e)(m)2 (e)N2 (e)
42Pennsylvania2 C2 C2 C2 C (n)2 C
44Rhode Island2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C
45South Carolina2 C2 CNNNNNN
46South Dakota2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 C
47Tennessee2 CN(o)
50VermontN (j)N (j)N (j)N (j)N (j)N (j)
51Virginia1 CNN
54West Virginia2 CN (g)NNNNN
56Wyoming2 (i)(m)NNNN
11Dist. of ColumbiaN (p)
60American Samoa2 C2 C(a)(q)
66Guam2 C2 C(a)2 C2 C(r)
69CNMI*2 T2 T2 T(q)(h)
72Puerto RicoN(m)
78U.S. Virgin Islands2 C2 C(k)(c)(c)(a)


The Council of State Governments, August 2021.


All terms last four years unless otherwise noted. Footnotes specify if a position’s functions are performed by an official under a different title.


* Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
N — No provision specifying number of terms allowed.
C — Consecutive Terms
T — Total Terms
2A — After 2 consecutive terms must wait one term before being eligible again.
✕ — Position is appointed or elected by governmental entity (not chosen by the electorate).


(a) Lieutenant Governor performs this function.
(b) Deputy Commissioner of Department of Revenue performs function.
(c) Finance Administrator performs function.
(d) Chief Financial Officer performs this function as of January 2003.
(e) Eligible for eight years out of any period of 12 years.
(f) State auditor performs this function.
(g) President or speaker of the senate is next in line of succession to the governorship. In Tennessee and West Virginia, speaker or president of the senate has the statutory title " lieutenant governor."
(h) Commerce administrator performs this function.
(i) Eligible for eight out of 16 years.
(j) Two-year term.
(k) Comptroller performs this function.
(l) Limited to 8 years per office during a lifetime.
(m) Secretary of state is next in line to the governorship.
(n) Treasurer must wait four years before being eligible for the office of auditor general.
(o) Term is eight years; attorney general is appointed by the state Supreme Court.
(p) Mayor.
(q) State treasurer performs this function.
(r) General services administrator performs function.