Social Leaders: The Complete List of State Governors on Twitter

Social media is the best way to interact with state governments. Here’s where to find them.

State and local governments are increasingly leveraging social media to engage with their citizens. Why? Because it’s free, and huge numbers of citizens already have accounts. Governments can have transparent interactions with their citizens as a way to build trust, relay important information quickly and promote events. In the event of a disaster, social media can be the best, or only, way to communicate.

During Hurricane Sandy, the world got a glimpse of just how powerful social media can be during a crisis. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey used Twitter to warn residents in high-risk areas to evacuate. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York let people know about recovery efforts. Governors from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania also used social media to keep their residents informed.

The strategy works, as evidenced by this report from Open Gov Blog:

On the public communications front, the City embraced social media to increase transparency and access to information, with significant results. Twitter emerged as a primary source of real-time information as Mayor Bloomberg urged New Yorkers to follow the @nycmayorsoffice channel during his online live video streams and television broadcasts. Our partners at Twitter also showed incredible support for the emergency response effort by donating thousands of dollars worth of promoted tweets, helping @nycmayorsoffice reach over a million more individuals and nearly doubling its follower count over several days.

Read Hurricane Sandy, Open Data and Social Media on Open Gov Blog.

Social media is proving to be a valuable public safety tool apart from natural disasters. Governor John Kasich of Ohio recently tweeted information about where to get flu shots, and Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa updated citizens on the future of education in his state.

Will you find some politicking on these Twitter accounts? Of course. But you will also have a direct line of communication to your state’s government and leaders. Here is a list of all forty six governors on Twitter. We couldn't find accounts for Indiana, North Dakota or Wyoming. If you can point us to active accounts, let us know in the Comments section!

Alabama - Robert Julian Bentley

@GovernorBentley

Alaska - Sean Parnell

@AKGovParnell

Arizona - Jan Brewer

@GovBrewer

Arkansas - Mike Beebe

@GovBeebeMedia

California - Jerry Brown

@JerryBrownGov

Colorado - John Hickenlooper

@hickforco

Connecticut - Dan Malloy

@GovMalloyOffice

Delaware - Jack Markell

@GovernorMarkell

Florida - Rick Scott

@FLGovScott

Georgia - Nathan Deal

@GovernorDeal

Hawaii - Neil Abercrombie

@neilabercrombie

Idaho - Butch Otter

@ButchOtter

Illinois - Pat Quinn

@GovernorQuinn

Iowa - Terry Branstad

@TerryBranstad

Kansas - Sam Brownback

@govsambrownback

Kentucky - Steve Beshear

@GovSteveBeshear

Louisiana - Bobby Jindal

@BobbyJindal

Maine - Paul LePage

@Governor_LePage

Maryland - Martin O'Malley

@GovernorOMalley

Massachusetts - Deval Patrick

@MassGovernor

Michigan - Rick Snyder

@onetoughnerd

Minnesota - Mark Dayton

@GovMarkDayton

Mississippi - Phil Bryant

@PhilBryantMS

Missouri - Jay Nixon

@GovJayNixon

Montana - Brian Schweitzer

@Brianschweitzer

Nebraska - Dave Heineman

@Gov_Heineman

Nevada - Brian Sandoval

@GovSandoval

New Hampshire - John Lynch

@GovJohnLynch

New Jersey - Chris Christie

@GovChristie

New Mexico - Susana Martinez

@Gov_Martinez

New York - Andrew Cuomo

@NYGovCuomo

North Carolina - Pat McCrory

@PatMcCroryNC

Ohio - John Kasich

@JohnKasich

Oklahoma - Mary Fallin

@GovMaryFallin

Oregon - John Kitzhaber

@GovKitz

Pennsylvania - Tom Corbett

@GovernorCorbett

Rhode Island - Lincoln Chafee

@LincolnChafee

South Carolina - Nikki Haley

@nikkihaley

South Dakota - Dennis Daugaard

@SDGovDaugaard

Tennessee - Bill Haslam

@BillHaslam

Texas - Rick Perry

@GovernorPerry

Utah - Gary Herbert

@governorherbert

Vermont - Peter Shumlin

@GovPeterShumlin

Virginia - Bob McDonnell

@BobMcDonnell

Washington - Chris Gregoire

@GovGregoire

Wisconsin - Scott Walker

@GovWalker

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Jan 16 2013