What Are the Term Limits for State Governors?


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The term limits for governors in the 36 states that have them vary. The most common type of term limit in these states is two consecutive terms.

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Some states, such as Arkansas and California, only allow governors a total of two terms in their lifetime. Other states permit governors to serve no more than eight years within a set time period. In Wyoming, governors can serve for eight out of 16 years, while in Oregon governors can serve for eight years in a 12-year time period. Virginia sets no limit on the number of terms, but governors cannot have any consecutive terms. Other states with no term limits for governors include Wisconsin, Washington, Texas and Utah. Vermont and New Hampshire also don't have term limits, but governors in those states only serve two-year terms.

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