2020 Elections
Changes in State Education Leadership

Governors

11 States
plus American Samoa and Puerto Rico held gubernatorial elections.
9 of these states
had an incumbent candidate.
All 9
were reelected.
6 Republican and 3 Democrats
were reelected.
2 states & 2 territories
elected new governors: Montana, Utah, American Samoa & Puerto Rico.
Overall, 3 Democrats & 8 Republicans
were elected. American Samoa's governor-elect is an independent and Puerto Rico's governor-elect is PNP.
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In these states, newly elected or reelected governors have the authority to appoint the following state education leadership positions:

Chief State School Officers

Delaware

Indiana

New Hampshire

Vermont

State Board of Education

Delaware

Indiana

Missouri

Montana

New Hampshire

North Carolina

North Dakota

Vermont

Washington

West Virginia

State Higher Ed Executive

Washington

23*

Democratic Governors

*Plus D.C. mayor.

Current Party Lines

27

Republican Governors

4 states

held chief state school officer races.

Montana

Elsie Arntzen

Republican, Incumbent

Washington

Chris Reykdal

Nonpartisan, Incumbent

North Dakota

Kirsten Baesler

Nonpartisan, Incumbent

North Carolina

Catherine Truitt

Republican, New

4 states

held board of regents races.​

Colorado

Nebraska

Michigan

Nevada

9 states

plus the District of Columbia held state board races.

4/1
New/Incumbents
5 seats
2/0
New/Incumbents
2 seats
2/2
New/Incumbents
4 seats
2/2
New/Incumbents
4 seats
2/1
New/Incumbents
3 seats
3/1*
New/Incumbents
4 seats
*One seat remains too close to call as of 11/11/20.
1/3*
New/Incumbents
5 seats
*One seat remains too close to call as of 11/11/20.
4/4
New/Incumbents
8 seats
4/2
New/Incumbents
6 seats
7/2
New/Incumbents
9 seats
* The data in this section is preliminary and has not yet been finalized. We will update this post with the final data as soon as it is available.
86

legislative chambers in

44 states

held elections.

House of Representatives

Senate

2020 Ballot Measures

Impacts on EDUCATION POLICY

voters approved Proposition 208 to increase public education funding by imposing a 3.5% surcharge on taxable annual income over $250,000 for single people or $500,000 for joint filings.

voters approved two tax related measures that impact school funding. Amendment 77 amends the state constitution to allow gaming communities to increase maximum single bets. The tax revenue will support services related to community college student retention and credential completion. Proposition EE increases taxes on nicotine, including vaping products. The revenue will support education and early learning programs, among other things.

voters approved to two legislative referred measures, bond measures B and C, to increase funding for higher education and library projects.

voters approved Referendum 90 requiring school districts to develop a comprehensive, age-appropriate sexual health education. The sex education requirements would be consistent with state standards and excuse students upon their parent’s request.

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