America’s Most Popular Governors

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20. Gov. Matt Mead (R) of Wyoming
> Approval rating: 50%
> Disapproval rating: 27%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.1% (15th highest)

Republican Matt Mead served as governor of Wyoming for two consecutive four-year terms, the maximum allowed under state law. In January 2019, Republican Mark Gordon was sworn in as Wyoming’s new governor.

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19. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) of Indiana
> Approval rating: 50%
> Disapproval rating: 24%
> Tenure: 2 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.6% (22nd lowest)

Eric Holcomb was selected as the Republican gubernatorial nominee in for the 2016 general election, after incumbent candidate Mike Pence withdrew his candidacy when he became Donald Trump’s running mate. Holcomb defeated John Gregg, the Democratic candidate, and will face re-election in 2020.

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18. Gov. Butch Otter (R) of Idaho
> Approval rating: 51%
> Disapproval rating: 35%
> Tenure: 12 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 2.6% (4th lowest)

First elected in November 2006, Republican Butch Otter served as governor of Idaho for 12 years. Otter chose not to run for a fourth term in 2018, and in January 2019, Republican Brad Little took over as governor.

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17. Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) of Nebraska
> Approval rating: 51%
> Disapproval rating: 33%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 2.8% (6th lowest)

Republican Pete Ricketts took office in January 2015. Ricketts won a bid for re-election against Democrat Bob Krist in November 2018.

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16. Gov. David Ige (D) of Hawaii
> Approval rating: 52%
> Disapproval rating: 39%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 2.4% (the lowest)

After serving Hawaii for four years, David Ige was re-elected to the governor’s office in November 2018, defeating Republican challenger Andria Tupola by a wide margin. Ige will be prohibited by state law from running again in 2022.