Appalachian Governors

Alabama

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…
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
Georgia

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…
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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear
Kentucky

Governor Andy Beshear

Andy Beshear was sworn in as Kentucky’s Governor in December 2019. A native of north-central Kentucky, Governor Beshear graduated from Vanderbilt University, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. His early career began while he was working…
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Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan

A native of Landover, Maryland, Governor Hogan earned a bachelor’s degree in government and political science from Florida State University. He began his career in public service while in college, working first in the Florida House of Representatives and then in the administration of Prince George’s County Executive Lawrence Hogan…
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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves
Mississippi

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…
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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

A native of Queens, New York, Governor Cuomo earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in 1979 and his law degree from Albany Law School in 1982. Cuomo first practiced law as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and has served in the positions of partner and of-counsel at New…
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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…
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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf

A native of York, Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf attended Dartmouth College before serving with the Peace Corps in India for two years. He later earned a master’s degree at the University of London and a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While completing his education, Wolf worked at his family’s…
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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…
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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
Tennessee

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…
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam

A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Governor Northam graduated from Virginia Military Institute and Eastern Virginia Medical School. After medical school, he served eight years of active duty in the U.S. Army, during which he completed his pediatric residency and treated soldiers injured in Operation Desert Storm, rising to the…
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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…
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