Saturday, June 27, 2009

Praying for America's Governors and Other Executives

Last month's "Praying for America and America's Leaders: Think About it" (May 24, 2009) suggested that America has been cursed enough, and that praying for America's leaders was a good idea.

I'll be getting back to the list of national leaders in America as July 4 approaches. Meanwhile, here's a list of America's governors, territorial executives, and the Mayor of Washington, D.C. The list is, to the best of my knowledge, up-to-date: but I might have missed some recent changes. More about that, after the list.

You don't have to pray at all, of course, and you don't have to pray for these people. But, I think that prayer is a good idea: and folks with the sort of pressure and responsibility that goes with their position can, I think, use all the help they can get.

Pray for over Four Dozen People?! That's Too Much!

Praying for 56 people may look like a big task, but one of these ideas might help make it more manageable.
  • Print the list out, pray for one governor or executive a day, checking the names off as you mention them
  • Use the numbers I've put beside each state (1 through 28, starting over with New Hampshire)
    • Pray for the governor or executive whose name is next to the current date, keep going until the 28th, then start on the second set of numbers
    • Pray for both executives who have that day's date
  • Pray for the governor of the state, territory, or city you live in, and let someone else cover the rest
  • Pray for all American governors, territorial executives, and mayors as a group

Governors and other executives of American states and territories

  1. Alabama
      Robert Riley
  2. Alaska
      Sara Palin
  3. Arizona
      Jan Brewer
  4. Arkansas
      Mike Dale Beebe
  5. California
      Arnold Schwarzenegger
  6. Colorado
      Bill Ritter
  7. Connecticut
      M. Jody Rell
  8. Delaware
      Jack Markell
  9. Florida
      Charles J. Crist, Jr.
  10. Georgia
      Sonny Perdue
  11. Hawaii
      Linda Lingle
  12. Idaho
      C.L. "Butch" Otter
  13. Illinois
      Pat Quinn
  14. Indiana
      Mitch Daniels
  15. Iowa
      Chet Culver
  16. Kansas
      Mark Parkinson
  17. Kentucky
      Steve Beshear
  18. Louisiana
      Bobby Jindal
  19. Maine
      John Baldacci
  20. Maryland
      Martin O'Malley
  21. Massachusetts
      Deval Patrick
  22. Michigan
      Jennifer Granholm
  23. Minnesota
      Tim Pawlenty
  24. Mississippi
      Haley Barbour
  25. Missouri
      Jay Nixon
  26. Montana
      Brian Schweitzer
  27. Nebraska
      Dave Heineman
  28. Nevada
      Jim Gibbons
  1. New Hampshire
      John Lynch
  2. New Jersey
      John Corzine
  3. New Mexico
      Bill Richardson
  4. New York
      David Paterson
  5. North Carolina
      Beverly Perdue
  6. North Dakota
      John Hoeven
  7. Ohio
      Ted Strickland
  8. Oklahoma
      Brad Henry
  9. Oregon
      Ted Kulongoski
  10. Pennsylvania
      Edward Rendell
  11. Rhode Island
      Don Carcieri
  12. South Carolina
      Mark Sanford
  13. South Dakota
      Mike Rounds
  14. Tennessee
      Phil Bredesen
  15. Texas
      Rick Perry
  16. Utah
      John Huntsman, Jr.
  17. Vermont
      Jim Douglas
  18. Virginia
      Tim Kaine
  19. Washington
      Christine Gregoire
  20. West Virginia
      Joe Manchin, III
  21. Wisconsin
      Jim Doyle
  22. Wyoming
      Dave Freudenthal
  23. American Samoa
      Togiola Tulafono
  24. District of Columbia
      Adrian Fenty (mayor)
  25. Guam
      DFelix Perez Camacho
  26. Northern Mariana Islands
      Benigno R. Fitial
  27. Puerto Rico
      Benigno R. Fitial
  28. U.S. Virgin Islands
      John de Jongh
I'll probably have to change quite a few of these names after the 2010 elections. Some may require attention sooner than that. South Carolina's Governor Mark Sanford and Nevada's Governor Jim Gibbons are dealing with consequences of an extramarital affair and alleged assault, respectively: and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich demonstrated, earlier this year, that state governors can be removed from office, even if they don't want to go.

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