Stateline Story

How Many Governors Are Using Social Media?

Not long ago state governments were ambivalent about using social media to connect with citizens. Those days are over, if the use of the most popular sites by the nation's governors is any guide. Some 47 of the 50 governors are using Facebook and Twitter, according to a recent Stateline examination of these services; 27 are using the photo-sharing service Flickr and 37 use YouTube. Of course, status updates and tweets are often the work of staffers, not the governors themselves. And it's reasonable to wonder whether feeds of P.R. about ribbon cuttings and bill signings are any more informative than an old-fashioned press release. But one thing's for certain: Americans have more ways than ever to keep up with what the people they elect want to tell them.

State Governor Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube
Alabama Robert Bentley  
Alaska Sean Parnell
Arizona Jan Brewer  
Arkansas Mike Beebe  
California Jerry Brown  
Colorado John Hickenlooper    
Connecticut Dan Malloy
Delaware Jack Markell
Florida Rick Scott
Georgia Nathan Deal    
Hawaii Neil Abercrombie
Idaho C.L. "Butch" Otter
Illinois Pat Quinn
Indiana Mitch Daniels  
Iowa Terry Branstad
Kansas Sam Brownback
Kentucky Steven L. Beshear  
Louisiana Bobby Jindal  
Maine Paul LePage      
Maryland Martin O'Malley  
Massachusetts Deval Patrick
Michigan Rick Snyder    
Minnesota Mark Dayton
Mississippi Haley Barbour  
Missouri Jay Nixon
Montana Brian Schweitzer    
Nebraska Dave Heineman  
Nevada Brian Sandoval  
New Hampshire John Lynch      
New Jersey Chris Christie  
New Mexico Susana Martinez    
New York Andrew Cuomo
North Carolina Beverly Perdue
North Dakota Jack Dalrymple  
Ohio John Kasich
Oklahoma Mary Fallin    
Oregon John Kitzhaber
Pennsylvania Tom Corbett    
Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee  
South Carolina Nikki Haley  
South Dakota Dennis Daugaard  
Tennessee Bill Haslam
Texas Rick Perry
Utah Gary R. Herbert  
Vermont Peter Shumlin
Virginia Bob McDonnell
Washington Chris Gregoire  
West Virginia Earl Ray Tomblin    
Wisconsin Scott Walker
Wyoming Matthew Mead      
Source: Governors' websites, Stateline research
Note: Sites that exist solely for campaign purposes were not included in this survey