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Nevada Government & Politics
Contemporary Nevada
(1964-Present)

Contemporary Governors and the State of the State

The "State of the State" address in Nevada has changed over time.  James Nye, governor of the Territory of Nevada, gave speeches to three sessions of the Territorial Legislature, in 1861, 1862, and 1864.  They were titled, "The Governor's Message to the Legislature."  For many years Governors who succeeded Nye did not speak before the legislature but sent messages as required by Article 5, Section 10 of the Constitution.  This section referring to the "Governor's Message" directs that "He shall communicate by Message to the Legislature at every regular Session the condition of the State and recommend such measures as he shall deem expedient."

In 1915 Governor Emmet Boyle resumed Governor Nye's practice of delivering the governorís message personally before the Legislature, and Governors have done so ever since.  Governor Robert List was the first to call his message the "State of the State", and the first to deliver annual messages.  Governors now deliver the State of the State every year.