He and California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) had served 4,399 days in office through Jan. 20. Current Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) served 7,313, making him the longest-serving governor.
Kitzhaber is also Oregon’s longest-serving governor and its first to step down due to scandal or alleged wrongdoing, Ostermeier finds. Secretary of State Kate Brown will replace him on Wednesday, making her the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.
Here’s the list of the nation’s 20 longest-serving governors, as of Jan. 20.