by Dr. Eric Ostermeier (Smart Politics)
Governor John Kitzhaber’s announcement on Monday that he would seek reelection in 2014 to a fourth nonconsecutive term in Oregon puts him on pace to reach a mark that only one governor has achieved in U.S. history:
· A Smart Politics tally of gubernatorial service since 1789 finds that if Oregon’s John Kitzhaber is reelected this cycle and serves the entirety of that term he will become the second longest-serving governor in U.S. history at 5,854 days.
· At the end of a would-be fourth term in January 2019, Kitzhaber would edge out South Dakota Republican William Janklow (5,851 days) as well as Alabama Democrat George Wallace (5,848 days), North Carolina Democrat Jim Hunt (5,840 days), and Ohio Republican Jim Rhodes (5,840 days). Continue reading