Table 4.2

The Governors: Qualifications for Office


FIPS State or other
jurisdiction
Minimum Age State citizen
(years)
U.S. citizen
(years) (a)
State resident
(years) (b)
Qualified voter
years
01Alabama307107
02Alaska3077
04Arizona255105
05Arkansas307
06California1855
08Colorado302
09Connecticut*306 months
10Delaware*30126
12Florida*3077
13Georgia30156
15Hawaii3055
16Idaho*3022
17Illinois*253
18Indiana*3055
19Iowa3022
20Kansas*
21Kentucky3022
22Louisiana*25555
23Maine*30155
24Maryland30
25Massachusetts*7
26Michigan*304
27Minnesota*251
28Mississippi*30205
29Missouri301510
30Montana252
31Nebraska3055
32Nevada*2522
33New Hampshire307
34New Jersey30207
__New Mexico305
36New York*305
37North Carolina*3052
38North Dakota*305
39Ohio18
40Oklahoma311010(c)
41Oregon303
42Pennsylvania*307
44Rhode Island*1830 days30 days30 days30 days
45South Carolina3055
46South Dakota*212
47Tennessee*307
48Texas*305
49Utah30535
50Vermont*184
51Virginia*3051
53Washington18
54West Virginia305
55Wisconsin18
56Wyoming305
60American Samoa*355
66Guam*3055
69CNMI* **3510
72Puerto Rico*35555
78U.S. Virgin Islands*3055

Source:

The Council of State Governments' survey of governors' offices, 2022.

Key:

* — Information from The Council of State Governments’ survey of governors’ offices and review of state websites, 2021.
** — Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
✓ — Formal provision; number of years not specified.
✕ — No formal provision.

Footnotes:

(a) In some states you must be a U.S. citizen to be an elector, and must be an elector to run.
(b) In some states you must be a state resident to be an elector, and must be an elector to run.
(c) In order to file as a candidate for nomination by a political party to any state or county office, a person must have been a registered voter of that party for the six month period preceding the first day of the filing period.