How Many Times Can a Governor Be Elected?

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Every state has its own constitution in which governor term limits are outlined. There are 37 states that place various term limits on state governors and elections.

In Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, governors can serve an unlimited amount of four-year terms. In Arkansas, California, Delaware, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada and Oklahoma, governors are limited to two terms for life.

In Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia, governors may only serve two consecutive terms. Once they are out of office for four years, they may be elected again.