California Will Have 4 Governors Next Week
Jerry Brown leaving the state, setting off unusual chain reaction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 26, 2014 11:05 AM CDT
California Gov, Jerry Brown speaks in Los Angeles July 11.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: How many governors does it take to run California? Except next week, the answer happens to be four. Follow the bouncing ball: Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving tomorrow to lead a trade mission to Mexico. While he's gone, executive powers to to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, until he leaves Tuesday for Special Olympics events on the East Coast. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will then be acting governor until Wednesday, when he goes to Chicago on personal business. That will leave Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins in charge for about nine hours until Brown returns later that day. All are Democrats.

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sacnerd
Jul 30, 2014 8:04 PM CDT
In case anyone is curious why.... Under the California Constitution, any time the governor leaves the state, the Lt. Governor gets the full powers of the office. This includes passing laws, appointments, etc... The governor can appoint a proxy. This is why Tom Arnold was governor for a day when Arnold Schwarzenegger left the state.
Chris Farley
Jul 28, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
does it matter. The state is dying. jobs and educated people are leaving for oportunity. From other articles, it sounds like they will have 6 soon.
Lou Bernardo
Jul 27, 2014 3:30 PM CDT
I think the irnorant voters are getting what they deserve not only in Kalifornia but in the other states with failed economies. Ignorance has a price. Ignorance, they claim, is bliss ---- maybe so until the bill comes in higher taxes, lost jobs, etc.