Every quarter, Morning Consult publishes their list of gubernatorial approval ratings. The rankings are based on approval ratings and Republicans are consistently filling up the top 10. Here are each of the most popular governors this quarter, with their approval ratings in parentheses:

Charlie Baker (R-MA) (73%)

Baker has been serving as governor since January 2015. He has degrees from Harvard and Northwestern and served as a cabinet official under two governors. This is the tenth quarter in a row that Baker has been ranked the most popular governor in the U.S. with a 73% approval rating. He just won re-election in 2018 and will be up again in 2022. 

Larry Hogan (R-MD) (70%)

Hogan was also sworn in as Maryland’s governor in January 2015. He is the second Republican governor in Maryland to win a second term. He previously had run for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District and came the closest ever to unseating now House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. After working in the public sector, Hogan served as the Secretary of Appointments from 2003-2007. In July 2019, he was elected as chair of the National Governors Association. 

Chris Sununu (R-NH) (65%)

Sununu has been serving as New Hampshire’s governor since 2017. He is part of a Sununu dynasty in politics – his father is a former governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush and his older brother is a former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator also representing New Hampshire. An environmental engineer by trade, he was re-elected to another 2 year term in 2018 and has announced his intention to run for a third term in 2020. 

Phil Scott (R-VT) (60%)

Scott also has been governor since 2017. He served as a state senator between 2001 and 2011 and Lieutenant Governor between 2011 and 2016. The governor is open about the fact that he is fiscally conservative but socially moderate or even left-leaning. He will be up for re-election in 2020. 

Mark Gordon (R-WY) (59%)

Gordon is the newest governor on this list thus far, having been elected in 2018 and sworn in on January 7th, 2019. He was previously nominated State Treasurer in 2012 to serve the unexpired term of the late Joseph Meyer. He won re-election to the role in 2014 and served a full term. Before politics, Gordon worked in the oil and gas industry and owned several small businesses.

Doug Burgum (R-ND) (59%)

Burgum has been governor since 2016. He doesn’t have any previous experience in politics but was an active businessman, owning a software company that was eventually bought out by Microsoft. After serving as a Senior Vice President at Microsoft, he founded a real estate development firm that he chaired until his run for governor. He is up for re-election in 2020. 

Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) (59%)

Hutchinson was sworn in as governor in 2015 and was re-elected in 2018. His resume is impressive – he was a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, U.S. Representative from Arkansas’ Third District, U.S. DEA Administrator, and an undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Hutchinson is also a part of a political family – his older brother is a former U.S. Representative and Senator from Arkansas, his twin nephews served in the Arkansas General Assembly, and another nephew currently serves as a state senator. He will be unable to run for re-election in 2022 since he is term limited as governor

Greg Abbott (R-TX) (58%)

Abbott has been governor of Texas since 2015. He previously served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court — nominated by then-Governor George W. Bush — and as the state’s attorney general from 2002 to 2015. Abbott is permanently in a wheelchair following an accident when he was 26 years old, but he doesn’t let that define him. Since he was re-elected in 2018, Governor Abbott will not be up for re-election until 2022.

Bill Lee (R-TN) (57%)

Lee joins Mark Gordon on this list as one of the newest governors, having been elected in 2018 and sworn in on January 19th, 2019. Like Burgum, Lee does not have any previous political experience. After graduating from Auburn University, he worked his way up the ladder at the family owned Lee Company, a construction group in Tennessee. He was named CEO of the company in 1992 and served until he stepped down to run for office. Lee will be up for re-election in 2022. 

 Ron DeSantis (R-FL) (57%)

DeSantis rounds out the top ten and is also a freshman governor. He previously represented Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2012-2018 and served as a JAG prosecutor in Florida. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 with SEAL Team One as a Legal Advisor. DeSantis will be up for re-election in 2022. 

Jillian K
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