Former Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus and former Republican Gov. Bob Smylie appear on a list of America’s most grizzled governors.
The list appeared this week on the “Smart Politics” blog authored by Dr. Eric Ostermeier at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Andrus ranks No. 11, having served 14 years and 20 days, from 1971-77 and 1987-95.
But the 81-year-old Andrus has a Texan on his heels. If GOP Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t make good on his talk of secession from the Union, he’ll pass Andrus in January 2015. Perry became governor in 2001, succeeding to office when George W. Bush became president.
Smylie served 12 years, from 1955 to 1967. That ties him for 31st with seven former governors, all Democrats: Orval Faubus of Arkansas; Richard Lamb and Roy Romer, both of Colorado; John Burns and George Ariyoshi, both of Hawaii; Cal Rampton of Utah; and Edgar Herschler of Wyoming.
Smylie died in 2004.