Welcome to the Governors' Gallery!

This website is a tribute to the individuals who have served as chief executive of the State of California from the birth of the state in 1849 to the present. Our state's governors lead the largest state in the union and their political influence reaches beyond the borders of the state.

Governors' Gallery contains a portrait, a biography, and inaugural addresses for each governor. The biographies provide a brief glimpse into the rich political and personal life of each governor.

Thank you to the California Department of General Services, which gave permission to use the images of the official portraits.

This site is constantly being updated as more information about the Governors is found. Please check back often to learn more fascinating tidbits about California's Governors. Comments and suggestions for the Governors' Gallery should be sent to Governors' Gallery at the California State Library.