Appalachian Governors


Governor Bill Lee

Elected in 2018, Bill Lee was sworn in as the 50th Governor of Tennessee on January 19, 2019. A seventh-generation Tennessean, Lee went to Auburn University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. When he graduated, he joined the Lee Company, a business his grandfather started in 1944. He held several roles…

Governor Kay Ivey

A native of Camden, Alabama, Governor Ivey received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. Her early career included service as a schoolteacher, as a bank officer, and as the reading clerk for the Alabama House of Representatives. She then served as assistant director of the Alabama Development Office (now the…
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Governor Brian Kemp

Sworn in as Georgia’s 83rd Governor on January 14, 2019, Brian Kemp began his political career as a Georgia State Senator in 2003. In 2010, Kemp was appointed to serve as Georgia’s 27th Secretary of State, a position he held until 2018. Before entering politics, Kemp was an entrepreneur, founding…

Governor Wes Moore

Governor Wes Moore was sworn in as the 63rd Governor of Maryland on January 18, 2023. He is Maryland’s first Black governor in the state’s 246-year history, and is just the third African American elected Governor in the history of the United States. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Oct.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves

Governor Tate Reeves

As the 65th Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves is a conservative leader who has focused on the principles of guarding taxpayers’ dollars, improving educational opportunity, and growing new careers so that the state’s best and brightest can stay and raise their families at home. Governor Reeves served as State Treasurer…
New York Governor Kathy Hochul
New York

Governor Kathy Hochul

Governor Kathy Hochul began her career in public service on her local Town Board before serving as Erie County Clerk, and then as a member of Congress for New York’s 26th Congressional District. She more recently served in statewide office as Lieutenant Governor and now as the first female Governor…
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
North Carolina

Governor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper was sworn in as North Carolina’s 75th Governor in January 2017 with three decades in public service protecting families, keeping communities safe, and working to create jobs and improve schools. As the son of a school teacher, education and workforce development are among his top priorities. With…
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

Governor Mike DeWine

Governor Mike DeWine was elected as Ohio’s 70th Governor in November 2018 and then reelected in November 2022. With a background in a small family business, DeWine’s political career has included serving as Greene County Prosecutor, Ohio State Senator, U.S. Congressman, Ohio Lt. Governor, U.S. Senator, and most recently, Ohio’s…

Governor Josh Shapiro

Josh grew up in Pennsylvania, watching his parents serve their community — his father was a pediatrician, and his mother was an educator. Their example inspired Josh to enter into public service, and from a young age, Josh recognized that standing up for others was how he wanted to spend…
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster

A native of Richland County, South Carolina, Governor McMaster received both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. After law school, he served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and then began his almost-30-year career practicing law, both in private practice and…

Governor Glenn Youngkin

Governor Glenn Youngkin is a homegrown Virginian who grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. As his father changed jobs, Governor Youngkin learned that moving around didn’t equal moving up – nothing was handed to him. From his first job washing dishes and frying eggs at a diner in Virginia…
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice
West Virginia

Governor Jim Justice

Governor Justice is a native of Raleigh County, West Virginia. After graduating from high school, he attended Greenbrier Military School and then earned both his bachelor’s degree and his M.B.A. from Marshall University. He joined his family’s agriculture business in 1976, and in 1977 founded Bluestone Farms (now Justice Family…