America’s Most Popular Governors

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45. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) of Michigan
> Approval rating: 35%
> Disapproval rating: 50%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.9% (21st highest)

First inaugurated in January 2011, Rick Snyder served as governor of Michigan for two terms, the maximum allowed by law. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer took the top job in January 2019 after defeating Republican Bill Schuette in the general election.

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44. Gov. Susana Martinez (R) of New Mexico
> Approval rating: 36%
> Disapproval rating: 54%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.6% (7th highest)

Susana Martinez will finish her second term as governor of New Mexico in January 2019, being ineligible to run for a third consecutive term under New Mexico law. Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham will take the top job after defeating Republican Steve Pearce by 14.2 points in the general election.

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43. Gov. Kate Brown (D) of Oregon
> Approval rating: 39%
> Disapproval rating: 46%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.9% (21st highest)

Despite a 39% approval rating, Oregon governor Kate Brown defeated Republican challenger Knute Buehler in the 2018 general election and will remain governor for a second term.

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42. Gov. Paul LePage (R) of Maine
> Approval rating: 40%
> Disapproval rating: 54%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.4% (19th lowest)

Paul LePage was not eligible to run for re-election in 2018 after serving two consecutive terms as governor of Maine. Democrat Janet Mills took the top job LePage held for eight years in January 2019.

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41. Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) of Kansas
> Approval rating: 40%
> Disapproval rating: 30%
> Tenure: 1 year
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.2% (13th lowest)

Former Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer, took the top job in January 2018 when then Gov. Sam Brownback accepted an ambassadorship in the Trump administration. Up for re-election the same year he took office, Colyer narrowly lost the Republican primary to Kris Kobach, who lost the general election to Democrat Laura Kelly. Kelly will be inaugurated in January 2019.